DIY Project: The circle skirt

Call me old fashioned, but I’ve been rather miffed at fashion around Brisbane at the moment. Everything on the shelves have been unflattering to my body shape and my thrift shop hunts have been unsuccessful. So the alternative? Make something.

Said to be one of the easiest garments to sew, ‘sewing a circle skirt’ has been on my ‘to-do’ list for ages.

Neoainead sent me some great instructions on how to make circle skirts back when there was a circle skirt sewing challenge. It’s been bookmarked for ages and I couldn’t find the time (or floor space) to draft out the pattern based on my own measurements.

Trying to work out the measurements was another challenge – I have never been great at Math. But I stumbled on this blog with an Excel worksheet calculator for making full circle and 3/4 circle skirts.

Without many plans for the Easter long weekend, I spent an afternoon sprawled on our living room floor, drafting patterns and transferring tissue patterns onto paper.
I’m not going into details about how to sew a circle skirt, but the hyperlinks above should help you get started. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to try and help you out.

My mother-in-law kindly donated the sky blue linen, which had originally been earmarked to be pillowcases or a tablecloth. But seeing it was the largest piece of fabric in the stash, I used it to give this pattern a test run.

To make things that more complicated, I’ve added a pocket and lining with some white cotton. I really should’ve used proper lining fabric and made the pocket deeper. The waist could also be a little tighter and an invisible zipper would make for much neater lines.

Otherwise, this skirt is quite an addictive project and really simple once the calculations have been made. I already have 3 other fabrics earmarked to be sewn into more circle skirts.

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