I will keep it in nice new condition and display due to its very well done quality and looks. Love this and even more my daughter loves it more! I wish there was a like button for this post.
It is good to always develop and share new idea. Your blog was my first skirt ever…the simple straight skirt. I had just bought a refurb sewing machine and started attempting to sew. I was so thrilled with making a skirt for the girls. This circle skirt will now be my favorite!! Just made one in multicolor chevron that is sooo fun and cute. I loved the measurements and tutorial…all were easy and perfect.
The only thing I would ask, is there any other pointers on sewing to elastic? I pinned and pulled… and then ripped and pinned and pulled tight again: I finally ended up basting it in place as best I could AND then sewing a top stitch that was neater and ripping out the basting stitch. Would a certain needle help better or just more practice? Love everything on here…and you are helping a girl conquer her fear of sewing!
I want to do a circle skirt on a dress for my 3 year old. To do that, would I leave out the elastic waist and the addition inch, then just sew it directly to the bodice? I used it here: My daughter wanted a circle skirt for Christmas.
I cut two skirts, one of Christmas fabric and one of a solid blue that matched the colors in the Christmas fabric from some light cotton fabric.
I sewed them right sides together at the hem, turned them right sides out and then attached a waistband casing at the top with elastic in it. I love the extra weight the two layers give! Now she has a reversible circle skirt with no edges that can fray!
So famous, you are! Thank you so much for sharing your circular skirt making instructions. You have helped me gain some mummy points! I know this post is an old one, but I just encountered it today. I work at a fabric store and I often joke with customers about how easy a circle skirt is. Mine are just three seems and a hem! I make mine down to the floor though, usually takes about five yards of fabric, so the circle is actually two pieces of fabric It pleases me to see someone else using the math rather than a bought pattern I thought I was the only one who did that!
I have a measuring tape marked with my waist and hem lines, and just rotate that on my material, marking it with chalk. I always get complimented for my skirts. Thank you so much for taking the time to figure out the math and take all the photos for this awesome tutorial! I am so excited to make this skirt one for me and one for my daughter!
I just used this tutorial for the 3rd time just this month. I probably have used it at least 6 times. Thank you for such a clear and versitile tutorial. Dana, this skirt is fantastic. I made one last night for my 1 year old and made it reversible with an applique monogram on each side. Question — where did you get that fabulous polka dot fabric?
That would eliminate the need to turn up the serger edge on your skirt? I am using this to make 12 costume skirts for a program at a school. Looking for short cuts! I am thinking that with the two inches we add to her waist size to allow the fabric to give when figuring out our radius will not be enough for her to actually pull this skirt up or down over her hips.
Not so much a problem when you are creating this pattern for a little girl who has yet to develop that womanly hour glass figure. So in my head, I thought how would I address this issue without losing the wonderful elastic band and not having to go to a zipper or any type of slit in the back of skirt? I am thinking that you would take the actual hip size, then minus the 2 inches for extra give that we initally added to the waist measurement and then divide that number by 6.
So my radius math looks like this: This should give you ample room to pull this skirt up. Do you think I am headed in the right direction? I am going to tackle making this dress this weekend and am not much of a sewer. Can you give me some basic measurements dor a onsie skirt. I would appreciate it.
No skirt should be without pockets. I am making 12 of these for costumes for a Christian School here in MI. That way you do not have that nasty hemming to do. What do you think? While looking online for some pattern ideas, I noticed almost all chiffon dresses having only one seam in the back, no side seams, yet draping very nicely on the body.
The thought of circluar cutting did cross my mind, but I rejected it thinking the dress will be puffy at the waist. Then someone online wanted to know how to sew her wedding dress without side seams, to be like a circular skirt. I looked up circular skirt and found your tutorial. I screamed out loud, YES! Hi Dana and everyone else!
I am quite new to sewing but I love the idea of a circle skirt. I have just bought an Ikea machine and have been trying little projects. Maybe I went wrong in the calculations. I also used a zigzag stitch.
Why do you think this happened? Dana, I just wanted to write and say thanks for your tutorial on the circle skirt. I looked at a lot of others on internet and none of them compared.
You made the directions for getting the right measurement really easy to follow. I credited you on a blog post I did about the little Pinkalicious circle skirt I made for my grand-daughter. Hey, thanks for such an easy to follow pattern with lovely, clear pictures. I just made my first circle skirt and it looks awesome! I start on it tomorrow! Hope this helps others. Switching to a ball point needle solved the problem though. Hope that helps someone else! Thanks for creating such a great tutorial!
And thankyou for all your great tutorials xxxxx. In the midst of making the circle skirt. Looks so cute so far! Thank you so much for posting this: I used this for a bohemian infinity dress and it worked beautifully. Thank you sooo much for this tutorial!! I have hadit booked marked for some time and finally used it tonight! Do you know where I can find enough fabric to make a skirt till my ankles? Thanks for taking the time to post this tutorial. I do them with different fabrics and each one has a chic twist to it.
If I do two semi circles can I use the same pattern and just fold my fabric in half once and do that twice, and then attach them together? I winged my first attempt and failed miserably. All my very best to you! Your tutorial was fantastic! My five year old daughter is twirling around in her first skirt and there are two others in the works!
My 2 year old picked out some Dora fabric today and wanted a skirt. This was easy and quick. I found this linked on Pinterest. I love this pattern! I think it is my favorite one I have ever done. The only thing I did was add lace trim around the edge and it looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing. Thank you so much for the step by step. It is so funny. I was reading you blog on dyeing elastic and clicked on your circle skirt.
What do ya know. I had been here for tips on the construction of a circle skirt just days before. Now my black poodle skirt can have the pink elastic waist band I was dreaming of. I am making school girl costumes for a ballet the girls are 12 — 14 years, but on the small side , and the director wants circle skirts, but he would like pleats in them. Also, if I am attaching this to a shirt to make a dress, how would I do that?
Is that too complicated for a comment?? I would like to have a removable waistband that will cinch the skirt so that we can use them in later years and just adjust waistbands and not take out seams….. I hope you can help! Dana Thank u very much for this tutorial. I have tried and came out beautifully.
You can view it here: I love how they came out!!! I wish I could send you a pic! I dyed the elastic and followed both tutorials and they are just adorable! She referred to you as her inspiration, and I started following you too. This was all 2 months ago. I just got a sewing machine and this skirt was my first sewing project ever!
It turned out ok, although I found it was hard for me to do the elastic sewing. It looks so cute on my 4 year old daughter, and she loved the twirls she can get out of the skirt!!
Thank you for posting pictures and step by step instructions! I can wait to try my next project!! That looks so adorable! When you serge the inside of the skirt, do you have to fold the edge down? I do not sew very much, and can not find a serging or zigzag attatchment for my Kenmore model 54 sewing machine, so I was wondering if it matters what kind of sewing design I use.
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It the best one on circle skirts that I have found; you make everything very clear. Since there would already be seams down the side, do you think I could add pockets, or do you think that would add funny bulk to the side? They had olive, blue, green, pink, grey, and khaki. I think they only had it in inch varieties. Thank you for saving the day!
And I thought I was done sewing once the Halloween costumes were complete, nah! Anyway this worked up very quickly. I can sew basic things, but have never made clothing… but the skirt turned out great! Thanks for this tutorial! I used it for when I had to make a skirt for a cosplay. I used a bottomweight because it was the only fabric in the store that was the exact color i needed, but it still maintains a very nice fluffiness to it and twirls perfectly.
It was also harder than I thought when it came to sewing the skirt to the waistband. But when hemming it, I had to fight to iron out all the wrinkles and twists. Thanks so much for this tutorial.
I wish other tutorials online were as easy to comprehend as yours. My daughter needed an urgent skirt for her tap exam. For a mom that has only ever made a dog bed cover straight lines , I followed your tutorial and made the most gorgeous purple polka dot skirt. Thank you for the step-by-step instructions, they were really easy to follow.
So nobody except for me is completely stumped with the math? The skirt is adorable but there has to be an easier way. Nice tutorial but for the math. Nena, I am terrible at math, but this was pretty easy. Now divide that by 6. Since you are making a circle out of a rectangle, you use the 5. That will be the part that you cut out for the waist of the skirt. From that semicircle you will measure how long you want the skirt to hang from your waist. Now you have to translate that to your pattern by drawing a larger semicircle 22 inches from your smaller semicircle that started in the corner.
I feel like a big dummy, especially since no one else asked, but how do you fold the fabric?? Thanks for a terrific tutorial! Hi, thank you so much for this tutorial, I have just made my first circle skirt for my daughter and she is thrilled with it, very twirly. Love your blog, the tutorials are great. I just made this for myself and it took a total of 3 hours from start to finish.
It was super easy and this tutorial explained every step perfectly. Thank you for the great instructions! I just finished a pink skirt with white dots and pink elastic: Thank you for the inspiration!
I followed the tutorial and was amazed by how quick and easy it was … really enjoyed making the skirt … thanks for such an informative tutorial… would definitely use it again. I just finished a circle skirt for my 2 year old..
I have almost finished mine! I am super excited because it is beautiful! Thanks for the awesome, easy to follow tutorial! I wanted to let you know I linked to your site for this tutorial. I see many more in the future. My 5 yr old grand-daughter loved it. She had been wanting a twirly skirt for a while. Any suggestions on how to add shorts to it?
This will cause the fabric to gather up on the elastic and stretch a bit when you wear the skirt. Thank you for providing the best tutorial EVER! This made the project very easy and super quick to do! I actually made it very long ankle length and put a golden lining underneath a shimmering glittery overskirt…. She will be the Belle of the Ball!!! Dana, just wanted to say thanks for the detailed photos and step by step explanation of how to attach an elastic loop to a skirt.
I created an Elastic Waist Tank Dress earlier this week and was SO grateful to have discovered this tutorial to help me with that tricky step. So glad to have discovered you through Ashley at Lil Blue Boo. It looks really good, and I know the waist band is the right fit because I trie dit round her whilst she was asleep!
Lovely easy to follow instructions. I made this for my friends little girl, but because I used Satin, I used a ruffle for the hem and then top stitched the skirt hem with the ruffle seam facing the skirt. It turned out darling and soooooo simple. Hi Dana, thank you for all your tutorials! On the circle skirt, how do you recommend ironing down and sewing the outer edge of the circle skirt nicely? Yesterday I was working on your baby circle skirt and it took me FOREVER to double-fold the outer edge and sew over it, simply because curves are not easy to manage.
Would you recommend clipping extra fabric every few inches? Yea, ironing a circle skirt just takes a while…. I just press little sections at a time and keep moving down. Any advice on what I can do to fix this? Then when I managed to get it on it was too big on the waist! Just seems a disaster, what did I do wrong please,help as,I really like,these,skirts! Hi I know this might be a silly question but if ur hips are more than ur waist plus two inches, how will the skirt fit ova them?
Im new to this and have some beautiful fabric but im not sure about this one part. Used this pattern to make by daughter a character skirt for her dance class. It was so easy and turned out absolutely perfect. I was just asked to make one for a girl that does Ballet Folklorico. Was it troublesome to add length to it? I use a roll of brown postal wrapping paper to make patterns. Also, check with local moving company. Sometimes they have used packing paper that is slightly used and clean for free.
I am making a white cancan petticoat with matching overlapping ruffles. Question, What type of material to use?
For I want it flouncy and not to heavy. Have a blessed day! If so, would any adjustments need to be made? Yes, you could try that, however, the skirt will not be as full or twirl quite the same way as a FULL circle skirt…. I referenced this tutorial in my latest blog post. Thanks for doing such a great job!! I tried to do the skirt and when I was finished cutting it, it was about twice as big as my waist. I love how yours turned out! Hi I will be making a circle skirt for a lady in a wheelchair but she wants a waist band that stretches because she had to put it over her head.
Can I sew the elastic to top of the skirt and then fold it over to cover up the elastic and stitch it. It seems if I do it this away I would have to cut the waist of skirt larger is this so. Please let me know thanks. I just made this tonight! Thanks for the shot of confidence! If you need to make a pattern — any pattern — you can use old dry cleaner bags like glue between pieces of paper to join them together. Lay a strip of plastic between the two papers and iron them to melt the plastic.
I am making this for my 13 month old granddaughter. I love this tutorial. This is not the first time I have gone back to it for reference. Should I still add the extra 2 inches for give or leave it at just the waist measurement?
I am okay with gathering slightly to fit the bodice. Just thought before I proceeded I would ask, just in case. Measure twice, cut once — ask first, cut later kind of thing! I need to buy all my supplies at once. My radius is 6. Can you assist me? I love this site, and all of your tutorials! This halloween, I made a poodle skirt for my 11 year old daughter. I have sewn some, but by no means am an expert. I serged the top seam just to finish the edge, then took the elastic and zig zag stiched it to the outside of the elastic, just to the top edge.
I then folded the elastic under, so the fabric encased the elastic, and sewed the bottom part of the casing so the elastic was not showing. Guess I need to buy more elastic. Hi I would love to make a Christmas skirt for myself. Could I use taffeta fabric? Can you help with circle challenged mom? If you use cotton fabric with no stretch, do you have to make the center hole the size of the hip measurement to get it over your hips? Thanks again for this tutorial.
My daughters and I have now used it to make a number of skirts. I would like to be able to provide readers with detailed instructions and pictures of that process, and I found your instructions here to be very easy to follow. I wonder if you can help me with something — I am using this pattern to make a tutu-like skirt for my daughter.
I thought I had enough tulle for 4 layers, but after cutting I see that I only have enough for three. I did a variation where I laid a square of sheer blue fabric over the skirt and stitched it as an overlay for a fairy feel. Thanks for the great tutorial! Hey, I find it a bit difficult to tell from the pictures but this skirt seems to fall a bit too high for me, what would happen if I made the circle larger? Would it still sit well?
Thanks for posting this! Had to sew 10 little girls skirts for a school play and this was a life saver!. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.
I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will come back at some point. I want to encourage continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend! I made the circle skirt for a 5 yr old which turned out great; but, my 30 yr old niece wants one and neither my husband or I and he is highly mechanical can get it to work out on 45 inch fabric.
Can anyone be more explicit? I saw where one lady asked the same thing and was directed to the circle skirt for a baby…not sure how that showed how to use same pattern for an adult. So easy to follow and adorable skirt. Mine turned out great! This is so simple! Do you think it would work making the waist a drawstring instead of elastic?
I really dislike the feeling of elastic for some reason. Or hemming the top, adding belt loops, and making a matching fabric belt? Thank you so much for easy to follow instructions!!! I just made one tonight and it turned out great! My daughter loves it. Loved your tutorial, it was very simple and easy to follow. Do you know if it would be possible to make a skirt out of newspapers? Hi, thanks for this tutorial. I am just wondering why you sewed the elastic waistband on this way, rather than sewing it on the right side of the fabric and then flipping it up, so that the seam is on the inside and no stitching is visible on the outside?
Either way it looks like the waist might be too small. Should I sew up the side seams and attach it to the elastic which we have enough of or cut some extra pieces out of the fabric and have 4 seams? Yes, you need this to be a full circle…. Thanks for the great tutorial Dana.
I have a question about stitching the elastic to the skirt. I know the twin needle is great for jersey knit fabric, but do you think it would work well on the elastic?
I just pressed the edge under two times with an iron and sewed it in place with my standard foot. I marketed with a sharpie you can use whatever you want to mark your fabric. Cut along the dots you made and you now have your lining cut out!!!
Repeat the same steps onto one layer of the tulle, there will be 4 layers in total of tulle. Once the first layer of tulle is measured and cut use that layer as a blueprint for the next three layers, shown below.
Make sure to measure from the point to make sure the tulle is being cut in the right place! Once all the layer 1 lining, 4 tulle are cut out. Lay the lining flat and layer the tulle layers on top of the lining. Simply pull all layers up buy the center circle and pin the tulle and lining together to prep for the basting stitch you will do.
Sit the skirt aside once you have the basting stitch done. Take your No-Roll elastic band and stretch it around your waist cut and sew it up. Stretching the band will assure the band will be snug once the skirt is complete.
Pick back up your lining and tulle skirt with the basting stitch and put it on…it should be too large to stay on your hips. This is why we put the basting stitch on the skirt! Simple pull the bobbin string and watch the skirt start to gather, stop once the skirt falls on your hips without having to be held up. Place the No-Roll elastic band over the skirt at your hips, the band will be stretched.
Pin the skirt into the band at the hip. Remove and do a straight stitch to attach the skirt to the elastic band. Please make sure you so this step with the skirt and band stretched out!!! So simple and chic you can never go wrong with a classic skirt like this!!! I have had these heels Victoria Secrets for over 13 years!!! Gotta love a great pair of white heels that with stand the test of time!!!
Every woman most likely own…. Love everything that you are doing! How do I set up the tulle to be cut? Since, I need 4 yards of fabric.. What is a basting stitch and do I need to do that all the way around the whole skirt or just a portion of it? You would have to stretch the waist band on your ironing board and iron small sections at a time.
Hello, I love this tutorial. Thanks for the tutorial! What stitch did you use to sew all the layers together onto the elastic? Great in-depth and practical post. I also made a skirt looks alike and for that I bought material from online wholesaler Cheap Ribbons, You can also try from the same. My waist is 31inches and hip 36inches. I measured out 6inches from the corner and cut rounding to the other side of the square about 6 inches down: I seriously might need to borrow a sewing machine from a friend to try and make one if these….
Do you think I could add pockets to something like this? How would you do it if you were going to try to add pockets? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I adore everything about this! Love the simplicity of the black and the length!
This is so cute and you make it look so easy to make! Pay with Polka Dots. This turned out SO well! That looks so simple to do!!!!
Well done on making it yourself!! Very impressive Can I pay you to make me one? I wish I was brave enough to try this! This looks like my project for the weekend. You always seems to look so easy! Kisses from Portugal http: This is so pretty. I love the black, it looks more chic and grownup! This is such a cute D. Definitely going to make one of these!
This is so cute! And I love the way you styled it. I am thinking doing two, one for me and one for my little girl ;. I wish there was a like button for this post. This skirt is so cute! I have been wanting to make one of these for forever! That looks super pretty and easy! Love a good tulle skirt and this DIY looks very doable. Black circle tulle pretty. I want to make one! I love the skirt. Trying to make a sample skirt but I think my measurements are off?
i am happy to report, i have found tulle to be ageless! you may think it needs to be only on the young, and not the ‘young-at-heart’ ~ but turns out we can all pull if off if used just right. i may not be able to pull off a tulle circle tulle skirt, but there are other options that are muy bueno. thanks for the share! this diy is . Find great deals on eBay for tulle circle skirt. Shop with confidence. Introduction: Tulle Circle Skirt Here is a tulle skirt I made, because I'm 23 now and I need a tulle skirt for everyday looking-fancy needs as well as you can wear it under other skirts .