This Spring I’m loving circular skirts and bold floral fabrics…so I’ve combined the two to create a floral circular skirt.
And the best part is, circular skirts are surprisingly easy to make without a pattern. It’s very similar to the steps I shared on how to make a round tablecloth a few weeks back.
Step 1 – Find a fabric that is nice and wide – around 140cm wide. Fold the fabric in half joining the selvedges and then in half joining the cut seam to create a square of fabric.
Step 2: Create the waist for the skirt. Calculate the diametre for this first little circle by measuring your waist. Then add 3cm for the seam allowance before dividing the total number by 3.14 and then dividing again by 2.
Step 3: Now measure this distance from the corner fold of the fabric and continue doing so to create a quarter circle, as shown below.
You can mark this line with chalk or pins, as I have done above.
Step 4: Measure 1.5cm above this line to allow for a seam allowance and mark with chalk. Cut along this line. Keep the small circle of fabric that you just cut as you will use this later when you make a facing for the waist.
Step 5: Now determine the length of your skirt and measure this distance from the waist line, marking the hem. The width of the fabric is going to determine the maximum length of the skirt. The wider your fabric the longer your skirt can be. Cut along the marked line.
Step 6: Now create a facing for the waist of the skirt. I did this by using the piece I cut from the top of the skirt to create a template for the top cutting line of the facing. This was pined to the fabric, still folded in four. I then measured down from this edge 4cm and marked another line. I extended the edge of this by 1.5cm to create a seam allowance. Repeat this process to cut the same pieces with interfacing. Attach the interfacing to the fabric. I skipped this step as the fabric I was using was very heavy and sturdy and didn’t require stiffening.
Step 7: Cut down one side of the skirt to create a seam for the zip.
Step 8: Sew this seam together leaving a gap 12cm from the top to insert the zip. I finished the side seams by hemming them, but you may simply overlock or zigzag the seam.
Step 9: Insert the zipper. I find hand sewing it in before machining sewing ensures it always sits perfectly.
Step 10: Sew the facing pieces together on one side and then pin the right side of the facing to the right side of the skirt waist band.
Step 11: Attach by sewing. Trim the excess fabric and turn the facing through to the inside of the skirt. Top stitch the fabric close to the waist to hold the facing in place. Hem the raw edge of the facing and stitch again 2cm from the skirt waist.
Step 12: Before hemming the skirt try it on to ensure it doesn’t need to adjusting. Depending on the shape of your body you may need to trim some fabric off the front of the skirt. It’s easiest to measure from the ground up, marking the length on the skirt. You’ll obviously need someone to help you with this. Hemming the skirt is easiest if you sew a narrow hem, and then trim close to this sewing line before folding and sewing a second hem. This will create a neat hem without any puckering.
I hope these steps all made sense. Please do let me know if you have any questions as I’d be very happy to clarify.