I see many more in the future. I used it for making the skirt of a Cinderella costume for a high school production when the everyday dress magically came off, the cinderella skirt that had been folded under it twirled down so beautifully!!
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. But you could experiment with other feet that can do a rolled hem or other options. I did a rolled hem for the first time and it worked out pretty well. How long do you cut the elastic for the waist? I plan to make one of these to put over a tulle skirt as part of a Halloween costume!
I do not own a serger but of course will use a zig zag stitch. My question is; How do I give a nice hem without using heat? You can use an iron on polyester.
Do a test first on a piece of scrap fabric. This is a fantastic tutorial. They turned out beautifully and I am sure to have requests for more of these. Just wanted to say thank you for the tutorial. I wanted to use this info paired with the double sided circle skirt tutorial from you and mie. So, I did your idea with the elastic waistband but put 2 pieces together so it would still be double sided.
It turned out great. I also used double wide fold over elastic for the bottom and it came out super cute. Now I am working on making one for my 14 year old! You can use any width you want! If you go down to your local newspaper, they either give away or sell end rolls for a minimal price. Ask at the front desk. They have no newsprint on them. They work great for making patterns and there is a ton of paper left on the roll, so it will last a long time.
However, any thoughts on adding this skirt to the bottom of a t-shirt for a t-shirt dress? My daughter has a great shirt with…. I just made tshirt dress and found this tutorial very helpful. I love making these skirts! I would like to make one of these for my niece and she has a bit of a bubble butt. I watched it on your youtube channel also. Very simple and easy to follow.
My friend and I made your circle skirt yesterday for her Grand Daughter. We wanted the full circle plus gathers because the material was very very sheer and thin. The material was lavender tulle with little sequins all over it. It is a long ballerina skirt to be worn over a leotard.
Instead of attaching to elastic, we cut a facing that matched the circle on the top and encased the elastic to accommodate the gathers. It came out so cute. Thanks very much for this. I just had to sew 15 circle skirts in 2 days for a school production and this tutorial was a great help.
I made one out of satin for my teenage daughter. I actually made 2 circles so one could act as a slip and then I sewed tulle between the layers to make a non-itchy crinoline. Black elastic, red skirt and crinoline, black bias tape. My daughter wore the skirt with a long sleeve black shirt, her Minnie Mouse ears, black tights, and some Keds we had painted yellow replacing the laces with red ribbon with white polka dots.
Self Drafted Clothing — Mustachioed Threads. Skirt Zipper Tutorial - Skirt Fashion. Thanks for this great tutorial. Hi in the notes on the adult version you mention cutting two circles and seaming them. How do you cut the pattern and fold and cut the fabric to do that? Then sew them together so you make 1 big circle. Thank you for this great tutorial!! I need advice on adjusting the pattern.
Thank you sew much! Thank you so much for your instructions! I made six tiny skirts in an afternoon. There is knitted, braided, and woven elastic. Which type did you use?
Hi Dana, greetings from Indonesia. I had a circle skirt before, and it was so wide, I had trouble riding my motorbike some parts of the skirt went inside the back wheel gear , and almost got me into accident. If I want to make like a half circle skirt with this tutorial, how should I lay the pattern on the fabric, and how many folds of fabric?
Mine is 18 inches long, because any longer than that gets in the way of your dance partner. I have a serger, and it took me only 45 minutes from start to finish! It swings, it swishes, it twirls! This is hands down my favorite tutorial! I use it and recommend it all the time. I have hemmed the skirt and used binding for the hem, and of course the reversible-which took a while on that hem, but was one of the best skirts ever.
Just wanted to say thank you for this timeless, amazing tutorial! Your tutorial sounds great however I have a question. My hips are quite a bit bigger than my waist — yes why am I asking — but I feel that if just cut out my waist measurements I am not going to be able to put it on or off.
Thinak waist 28 inches hips 40 inches. Will it still work? You may have stretched the elastic too much? Or your fabric underneath stretched too much. This is discussed a bit in the video when talking about an adult size skirt. You will need to cut two half circles, and sew them together with two side seams to create one full circle.
Thank you for this great tutorial! I used it for making the skirt of a Cinderella costume for a high school production when the everyday dress magically came off, the cinderella skirt that had been folded under it twirled down so beautifully!! And, it was perfect with a crinoline underneath for the ball scene. Now I am helping with costumes for a s era play. I am using clearance priced full sheets for the circle skirt fabric cheaper than fabric by the yard and wide enough to do the whole circle in one piece.
To the thrift shop for s style blouses and we are all set! Thank you so much for sharing! I was wondering if I could get your permission to use your pattern to sew skirts and sell them. When sewing the waistband on the skirt, would it work well to ease-stitch around the top of the skirt?
Am I just overthinking it or is this a good idea? Pin in one spot first, then cut that distance in half across the circle and pin that spot, then cut that spot in half, etc. Hope that makes sense!
I think this tutorial is about a decade old, but just wanted to let you know I just found it last night and made my first two tiered circle skirt today and it came out awesome!
I am a beginner but this was still easy to follow, and the video super helpful. Thank you in ! My grandaughter loves these skirts!
I would love to use left over fabric I have, basically make 6 or 8 panesls. Do you have instructions for making a circle skirt out of panels? I would draw a circle pattern like I do in the video…. I just used it to make my daughter a silver lamé circle skirt. It turned out perfectly. I used poster board to create the pattern. Due to the size of my fabric I had to end up cutting three pieces of fabric. Unfortunately I could not cut two pieces on the fold to sew together.
But it still looks super cute and the elastic tutorial worked perfectly. From what I understand instead of dividing your waist measurement by two times pi you just divide by pi. It should look something like this:. Does it matter how big a piece of paper you use for your pattern? Dana, Thanks for posting such a great tutorial. You can use 1 inch or 1. Whatever you have on-hand. I only have 1. Oh my goodness you just blew my mind.
Now I want to add bias tape to everything! Does it matter if the elastic is at the hips and not at the waist?
Awesome idea with the tape measure! I am also not very technologically savvy. These links might work better: Hi Sakura, Treat her skirt like the skirt for a curvy adult, but in miniature scale- make the smaller circle for her hip measurement and the elastic for her waist measurement. Thank you for this pattern.
I sewed two skirts for my nieces and they love it. I later saw the pictures as i was about signing out. Hi, Your tutorials are great! There are many different colors and patterns of elastic banding available at ruffle fabric. Dana, Thank you so much for the clear and detailed directions! I would be indebted to you!!! Made one for my daughter. I see many more coming down the line. Here is the finished skirt and blouse I made http: I am studying fashion design at university and this tutorial was a great help!
Thank you for sharing. Just made one — thank you — easier than I thought! Do u think this can be made into a long skirt? Like a maxi skirt. I meant to say the felt, not the flannel is kind of see thru on the above message.
This is lovely and you have broken down the instruction brilliantly. This was a very helpful tutorial. I used this for my Pi day project. Thank you for your tutorial. I will visit often. Love this do you have this same style but a high low skirt?
How old is Lucy here? If you just want to attach this skirt to a tshirt do you use the same measurements? It will just be a light weight skirt, which is totally fine. I like that you made it a circle skirt instead of just a gather […].
I like that you made it a circle skirt instead of jus […]. I like that […]. I like that you made it […]. I like that you made it a circle s […]. DIY Shop favorites About. I want it in my closet for twirling and looking everyday pretty xx Becky. Wow, this is perfect for a Valentines Day dance coming up for my daughter.
This skirt is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your tutorial! Very nice, looks very pretty. Margo, Thrift at Home says: Love how you styled it! So pretty with that blush pink and heavy silver necklace. The widest I can find is six inches. Love this do you have youtube channel that shows how to do this. Thank You for this tutorial. You have inspired me to make this skirt!!
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! Cassandra My Vintage Edge says: Love this skirt and the tutorial!! Going to use this to redo the tulle skirt that I made! Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I love the way ours turned out!
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I tried to post but it went away. Love this tutorial, I cannot sew so this will be my first project. May I ask how you fold to measure and cut. I am trying to figure out how to get the skirt circle as your liner as one continuous piece. I have a 54 inch Tulle bolt.
Did you use inch wide bolt? If you allow, I would like to share it tulle skirt. This tutorial is amazing! I have a question regarding folding the fabric before cutting. How did you get it so that the skirt is continuous? The fabric comes off the bulk folded in half. I folded on that crease to create the triangle shape. Click here to read more…. Sign up for my newsletter here - http: Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.
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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 .