There are few things as versatile as a a basic circle skirt. It’s timeless, feminine, flirty, and versatile all at the same time. What other piece in your closet has that kind of impact?
Cut a basic circle skirt pattern long and you instantly have a glam, ultra-comfortable maxi skirt that makes you feel like a princess every time you turn around. Cut it short and you immediately have a flirty, sexy little skirt perfect for your next holiday party. Right now I’m loving the look of a short circle skirt with tights and heeled boots. It’s easy to style, creates the illusion of a smaller waist, and lengthens your legs all at the same time. From a stylist perspective, it’s the perfect body-flattering piece!
But the absolute best part about the trusty circle skirt is just how easy it is to make. You can whip out a circle skirt in less time than it takes you to find a matching pair of shoes in your closet…. depending on how messy your house is. Or maybe that’s just me…..
Today I’m so excited to walk you through exactly how to make a circle skirt in whatever fabric you choose. For today, I’ll be using a buttery faux suede since I love the texture and unexpected drape of the thicker fabric. I’ve been absolutely loving all the suede miniskirts of the season and thought a circle skirt would give a flirty silhouette to one of this seasons biggest trends.
This project works great in whatever fabric you like but if you are using a sheer fabric, be sure to cut a lining piece of fabric as well.
In all honesty this may be the easiest skirt to create. I’ve even created a totally FREE simple printable pattern for you to make the process that much easier!
Circle Skirt Supplies:
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- The FREE Printable Pattern (Fill out the form above or at the bottom of this page to recieve your printable copy.
- Basic Sewing Machine
- Tailor’s Chalk
- 2 Yards Faux Suede Fabric
- Dressmaker Shears
- 2-inch Wide Black Elastic
How to Make A Circle Skirt
Step 1: Cut Out Your FREE Printable Pattern
Your free pattern download comes with a 2″ measurement square in the lower right hand corner. To be sure your page prints in the right dimensions, just un-click the “fit to page” box in your printer settings and measure the box before cutting your pattern out.
Next, measure your waist (the smallest part of your back and abdomen about 9″ up from your hips) and cut along the corresponding line on your pattern.
Now, cut along the rectangular box that outlines the rest of your pattern. When you are done, your pattern should look like this.
Step 2: Fold Your Fabric & Place Your Pattern
Fold your fabric on a table and fold in half and then in half again, creating 4 layers on your table. Then, place your circle skirt pattern at the corner where there are no rough edges. This marks the waistline you’ll follow for your circle skirt. When you cut it out, you’ll have a seamless DIY circle skirt that’s nearly complete.
The pattern is complete with 1/2″ seam allowance already so you don’t need to worry about altering your measurements once they are taken.
Step 3: Decide How Long Your Circle Skirt Will Be
Take your yardstick and tailors chalk out. Use your yard stick to measure the length you want your skirt to be and mark with tailors chalk, moving it slowly around the waistline of your circle skirt until you’ve reached the other side. I like to use a yardstick and not measuring tape for this step because it lays flat and completely straight on it’s own when you are working with longer lengths. There’s nothing more frustrating than making a maxi skirt with a massively skewed hemline. It can be impossible to fix especially when sections are accidentally cut too short! Use a yardstick to begin with and avoid the mistake completely.
Step 4: Create An Elastic Waistband
When you unfold your DIY circle skirt, you should have a good idea on what your skirt will look like when it’s complete. The next step is to make a simple elastic waistband to complete your project. To make an elastic waistband, just take a strip of 2-inch Wide Black Elastic and wrap it around your waist. I like to make this a little snug so it stays put and won’t stretch out as I’m sewing the elastic to my suede fabric. Cut your elastic to this waist measurement and sew the ends together to create a circle.
Step 5: Sew The Elastic To Your Circle Skirt & Hem
The last and final step is to pin your elastic to the right side of your suede circle skirt and sew together. If you are using a standard sewing machine, be sure you use a zig zag stitch (a close stitch-length creates a more uniform finish) or run it through a basic Serger.
Lastly, hem the bottom of your skirt and try it on!
I hope you guys really liked this tutorial on how to make a circle skirt! I’m excited to play around with this new pattern some more and add skirts to some old tops, create maxi skirts for spring, and more mini skirts for winter. If you have any questions while you are working on this (or any project from Creative fashion Blog) please don’t hesitate to reach out! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and am so excited to see what projects you make with this free printable pattern.
Basic Circle Skirt Measurements
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