Friday, August 24, 2012

Circle Skirt: So Easy to Make!

Continuing on the theme of how I've become my children's seamstress of late, 
this time it's a circle skirt. And it was so easy to make!


Again, the project started with someone's idea of a garment they just had to have, this time a circle skirt for school. So off we went to JoAnn Fabrics where we selected a faux suede with a fun "metallic" finish. 


You don't need a pattern to make a circle skirt. Simply layout the fabric folded over along the fabric grain and cut a line along the fold half way up the length to create the center back seam. Then cut out a small half circle at the midway point. Start small, it can always be enlarged once the material is draped on the body to see if the circle is large enough to create the waist of the skirt. From the outer edges of the small half circle, measure the desired length of the skirt, plus an inch or two just to give you some leeway.  Mark this point on the fabric in frequent intervals, creating a large half circle and then cut out the circle along the points. 



After the needed circumference of the waist is determined, measure the total length and cut a waistband the same length, approximately 3-4 inches wide.


Create a back seam by sewing the circle together, leaving 7-9 inches open for the zipper and sew on the waistband.


Sew in the zipper, I like invisible zippers best.


Then turn over the waistband, pin and sew in place.


Finally, a simple hem...and there you go. 




I've been asked if we can make a collection of these, next in a camel faux suede. 
We're off to the store this morning.

It's a good thing the decorating of my house is basically done with no long to-do lists, 
those projects would have a hard time making it to the start line!

21 comments :

  1. Janell, that skirt is fabulous! What a fun project!

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  2. What a simple and fab skirt. Great job!

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  3. Oh man, when I was young I would have LOVED that skirt. The twirly-er the better, in my book.

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  4. So darling. Thanks for the tutorial. Riley suddenly discovered that I sew and has been begging me to make something. I think I could do a little one for her! Maybe?!

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  5. You're such a great mom! Those skirts are so fun, of course you have to have NO hips to pull it off, but she looks darling. I did not know how easy those were.
    Have a great weekend ( sewing?)
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  6. You're such a great mom! Those skirts are so fun, of course you have to have NO hips to pull it off, but she looks darling. I did not know how easy those were.
    Have a great weekend ( sewing?)
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  7. You're such a great mom! Those skirts are so fun, of course you have to have NO hips to pull it off, but she looks darling. I did not know how easy those were.
    Have a great weekend ( sewing?)
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  8. Janel!! this is gorgeous! You know I love to sew home decor but really struggle attempting clothing- maybe it was my bad experience in Home ec.
    Im not going to show my daughter this b/c she would be on a campaign to have me make one. LOL

    soooo cute!!

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  9. The skirt looks beautiful, love how it flows! You are such a cool mom, always going with your kid's idea. By the way, she totally rocked that skirt, love her whole ensemble, too! What a stylish young lady!

    Have a lovely weekend with your family, Janell!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com


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  10. That fabric is awesome and your zipper looks fantastic! I am a little obsessed with circle skirts- I have at least seven in my closet though I haven't made one with a zipper yet.

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  11. awww janell - you are so cute! i used to love when my mom would make me a new skirt for school. Although nothing this chic. think chunky wool plaids, etc. but how cute is THIS?

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  12. Fabulous, i'm going to have to give it a go!

    Janet
    door251.com

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  13. Oh it's adorable! Your daughter is so lucky to have you!

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  14. What a great fabric choice! I love that skirt

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  15. Shut up...you can do anything!!! You just whipped that up before dinner :)

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  16. Janell...you are quite a seamstress. I can sew drapes, pillows and home decor, but when it comes to clothing I find it super difficult. You never cease to amaze me.

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  17. Great job - it looks fantastic and I love the fabric :)

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  18. If you were my mom, I would totally have you making a lot of pieces for me!

    I was thinking about you the other day when I was working on my bracelets. I was thinking Janell could totally have an etsy shop where she sold those fold over clutches. You really could! I think you should get back into the boutique business:)

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  19. Love your little fashionista in that darling skirt! :)

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  20. Isabella is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady with a great sense of style. She is a fashionista, I can see why it is so fun to go shopping with her,
    Kathysue

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