A circle skirt is a style trend from the 1950s - a full skirt, flowing and flared. :) Sewing a full circle skirt will create a very full skirt. The 1/2 circle skirt is very similar, a little less full and requires less material. This Instructable will teach you how to sew a 1/2 Circle Skirt. A full circle skirt didn't work for me here because I only had one yard of fabric per skirt (I made a total of 4 for all my nieces). It could have worked if I had wanted to make them knee-length circle skirts, but I wanted these to be long skirts. My nieces just turned 5 (they're triplets) and I wanted to make them beautiful skirts for their birthday party. I didn't want to leave the older sister out, so I made her one too!

This instructable will take you through the process of creating a pattern for your skirt, based on a waist measurement & length you want the skirt to be. It is very easy and once you create the pattern, you should be able to complete the skirt within 30 minutes! The materials needed are based on creating a skirt for a child. I created 4 skirts and the sizes varied as the girls were between a child's size 6-8. I purchased the fabric on sale, so each skirt's cost was about $6. The last step is a quick photo walk through on how to make the grey shirt with ribbon straps, which you can see in many of the photos. It is also fast and easy!

Materials Needed:

  • 1 yard of fabric (I used Glitter Satin from Joann Fabric Store and it was beautiful) - it's best if your fabric is thicker, so you don't need to create a lining
  • Ribbon 5/8 inch thick for the bottom of the skirt (or you can use bias tape)
  • Ruler, fabric or regular
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing supplies, sewing machine

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Step 1: How to Make a Pattern for 1/2 Circle Skirt

First, you will need the waist measurement for the person you'll be making the skirt for. You'll then need to do a little math to calculate the radius for your pattern. Please see example below....

1/2 Circle Skirt Radius:
waist + 2 = ___/3.14
25.75+2=27.75/3.14 = 8.8 Radius

Now, you'll need to take a newspaper & tape a few extra newspaper sheets to it to make it pretty large as it will become your skirt pattern piece. Or, you can use wrapping paper or regular paper taped together.

Take your ruler & hold it at the edge of the newspaper and mark a dot on the newspaper at your skirt radius length (ie: 8.8). Continue doing this until you reach the end of both sides and you will have created an arch. You can then use your pen or marker to connect the dots. If you're using a fabric ruler or tape measure, you can put a pin in at the end near the corner (see image below), hold it with one hand and glide it around while marking spots with your other hand.

Figure out the length you want the skirt to be. Be sure to measure your subject from their waist to their ankle or whatever length you want the skirt. Once you know this number, you'll do the same thing with the tape measure but you'll be starting your measuring from the partial circle you just created, rather than from the corner. Before you start marking, add two inches to the total length (just to be safe) and make your marks. It will be trickier than the first time because this will be so much larger. It doesn't need to be perfect!

Cut out your pattern piece.
<p>In your example 8.8 is the<strong> diameter</strong> not the <strong>radius</strong> which is 4.4</p>
I am so excited to try this!!! thank you!!
I am so excited I found this! I made a circle skirt before, only by sewing about 11 panels together. I love it but it took *forever* to make! I am totally going to try this out, thank you!
<p>I hope you like how it turned out...sorry this reply is so late!!!</p>
<p>do you by any chance have a patten for the 7 panel skirt? I'm plus size but love those skirts. I have one that is now nearly at the rag stage but I love it and need another! Can anyone help? Mine is a maxi!</p>
<p>http://www.thecreativemom.com/easy-panel-skirt-html/ Here is a pattern for a panel skirt with pictures.</p>
<p>I didn't use a pattern... I just remember doing a lot of math. :/ </p><p>You should be able to divide the measurement of your waist into as many panels as you want. (ei. 30 inch waist = ten triangle panels 3 inches wide at the top) Add an inch or more to the top of each panel to allow for seams. (So now you would have ten 4-inch wide panels) </p><p>I can't remember how much wider I made the panels at the bottom... it really depends on how many you want and how full you want your skirt! (Or how much fabric you have... ) </p>
<p>Do you cut this on a single fold ..presumable</p>
<p>I have a length of silky woven nylon lingerie fabric I want to use to make a half-slip. Do you think this method would make a slip that would lay pretty flat under a dress, or does it have gathers at the waist that would show through as wrinkles? </p>
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Thanks for this. My dad (an engineer) made me a circle skirt when I was a teen (I'm nearly 60 now) for Halloween, simply by measuring my waist. I've always wondered how.
You are very welcome! :)
That is really cute! I love the fabric, it makes me think of Cinderella!
Thanks for the comment Penolopy! I also fell in love with all the fabric. I wish I had a better pic to share of all the skirts once they were on the girls. The fabric is a really good choice for any girls skirts, dresses or accessories - it is really pretty and shimmery. My little 5 yr old niece picked it out actually! :)
Hi Holly.. <br>Cute skirt. The heart detail is also a nice touch! =). <br>
Thanks Pitstop! :)))

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