Picture of How to Sew a Circle Skirt in 30 Mins
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 and it was beautiful) - it's best if your fabric is thicker, so you don't need to create a lining
- Elastic for waistband - I used a 1 inch knit elastic
- 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
pie popper2 years ago
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!

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!

http://www.thecreativemom.com/easy-panel-skirt-html/ Here is a pattern for a panel skirt with pictures.

I didn't use a pattern... I just remember doing a lot of math. :/

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)

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... )

Do you cut this on a single fold ..presumable

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?

mmestre1 year ago
I am so excited to try this!!! thank you!!
as91 year ago
as91 year ago
48 a day
Tamaresque2 years ago
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.
HollyMann (author)  Tamaresque2 years ago
You are very welcome! :)
That is really cute! I love the fabric, it makes me think of Cinderella!
HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
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! :)
PitStoP3 years ago
Hi Holly..
Cute skirt. The heart detail is also a nice touch! =).
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP3 years ago
Thanks Pitstop! :)))