How To Sew A Circle Skirt

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Today I would like to show you how to sew a circle skirt. This circle skirt design was inspired by my favorite vintage style from the last century.

I love vintage fashion. Some of my favorite clothes look like coming from the last century, the time after the war. At those times, everyone had to show off their riches by wearing clothes made out of obscene amounts of fabric to make their everyday dresses look glamorous. I’m not really into sewing with obscene amounts of fabrics though, because they require obscene amounts of stitches and fancy tailoring techniques. Often the clothes come out looking outdated.

However, this circle skirt idea is easy to fit into the modern 21st century. A circle skirt doesn’t need that much fabric (let’s not lie. It does require quite a bit) and is fairly easy to sew. Let me show you how to sew a circle skirt. And interesting enough, making a circle skirt is also a perfect project to review some fun math knowledge you got back in school days.

How to sew a circle skirt – supplies

  • a large sheet of paper to make the pattern from (a newspaper is perfect for that)
  • ruler, tape measure
  • at least 1m of fabric – choose something with a nice drape
  • a piece of complementary fabric for the waistband (optional, you can use the main fabric if you want)
  • medium weight interfacing
  • 15cm (invisible) zipper
  • 1 button
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • sewing kit

How to sew a circle skirt

1. Make the pattern

Measure your waist. Divide that number with 6.28 (which is 2π!) – this is the radius of the inside circle of the circle skirt (Let’s call this number A). Now think about how long you want the skirt to be and add that number to A. Also add 3 cm for sewing allowances, and that’s going to be the radius for the outer circle (Let’s call this number B)

So here is the math again:

A = waist measurement/6.28.

B = A + circle skirt length + 3cm

 Draw one quarter on the circle on the pattern sheet like shown in the picture. The easiest way to draw a large circle is to take a piece of string as long as the radius, hold it down in the middle of the circle, hold a pen on the other side of the string (you can tie it) and draw.


2. Cut out the fabric as shown in the cutting diagram.

You’ll need two quarter of the circle pieces, and one half of the circle. 

3. Sewing.

Sew the sides seams together, then sew the back seam up to 15 cm below the top edge. Insert the zipper (if you’re not confident with invisible zippers, an exposed metal zipper is a good idea too).


4. Prepare the belt piece of fabric.

Cut out a rectangle 5 cm cm longer than your waist measurement and 8 cm wide. Interface it, if you’re not using a stiff fabric. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Then fold one of the long sides in 1.5 cm and press again.

 Topstich the top (folded in half) edge of the belt. Pin the unfolded edge of the belt right sides together to the top of the skirt, so that the 5 cm at the end overlaps. Sew all around (make sure that you’re only sewing one, the unfolded, half of the belt to the skirt). Press the seams upwards and place the folded lower edge of the belt over them. Pin and sew all around again. Sew a buttonhole in the piece of the belt that’s overlapping.

5. Hemming.

Now you just have to hem the circle skirt, which is pretty long and curved. Sew a simple straight long stitch 1 cm above the raw edge all around the hem – this will help you to evenly turn the edge up when pressing before hemming. Now turn the edge up, press it in, pin and sew all around.

Look! Your vintage circle skirt is ready. It is time to enjoy your new circle skirt. This circle skirt is nice for twirling and dancing. Do you like my tutorial about how to make a circle skirt? Please share around if you do.

I made three slightly different skirts for three styles. Which one do you like the best? Or do you have any better matching idea? Let me know in the comment area below.

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