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Look for a medium weight stretch fabric. Because this skirt has no closure, it's really important for the fabric to have some stretch to it so that it can fit over your hips while recovering to fit your waist nicely. Another plus is to make sure your fabric has some spandex in it.
Pay attention to your fabric width and length. Circle skirts take up a lot of fabric and it's necessary to be able to fit your template on your folded fabric nicely. Look for something wider than 45"
For this tutorial I used a Roma de Ponte Knit, in Ivory. It's a rayon, poly spandex blend.
- 2 Meters of Knit/Stretch Fabric
- Coordinating Thread
- Printer Paper
- FREE Circle Skirt Template (Link Below)
Other than that all you need is your sewing machine, fabric shears, pins, fabric marker and a measuring tape.
Click here to Download the FREE Circle Skirt Waist Template
Updated JULY 5th 2016 ( Resized!)
How to use the Template
Print off the FREE Circle Skirt Waist Template. Cut along the line that corresponds with your waist measurement. If you are in between measurements go for the smaller size. Trim off the template edges following the border.
Fold your fabric twice as shown in the picture below.
Place your template in the top corner of your folded fabric, matching edges. Pin in place.
Measure from the edge of your waist edge the length of your desired finished length. I used 19" for this skirt tutorial and that was including 1" for seam and hem allowances.
Continue measuring and marking until you have the entire hem line marked out. Mark with pins or a washable fabric marker. Cut out along those markings and the inner waist curve.
*** Cut a little notch into the fold that runs parallel with the selvage. These notches indicate your skirt center front and center back.
Using the following template cut out your waist band. You can also use a large stretch elastic instead of fabric for your waistband.
Fold your waistband piece in half lengthwise and sew the short ends together using a stretch stitch. For this tutorial I used the narrow zig-zag. Sewing with stretch stitches generally takes more time than just using a regular straight stitch but they are very secure and well worth the wait!
Press your seams open.
Fold your waistband in half widthwise, wrong sides together and press!
Pin your waistband along your waist edge matching the waistband seam with the notch at the center back of your skirt. Make sure that you are placing right sides together. Stitch your waistband to your skirt making sure that everything fits together smoothly. Sew at 1/2" seam allowance using a stretch stitch.
Trim your seam allowance to a 1/4" and zig zag your raw edges together. Even though knits seams don't really need to be finished off because they don't fray, I find that this helps keep everything neat and tidy.
Zig Zag around your entire hem. This will stabilize your raw edges, making it much easier to hem. Turn your hem up 1/4" and stitch in place. I used a regular straight stitch, using a slightly longer stitch length than usual. When hemming I always stitch with the right side facing up. I find it gives a much nicer finish. Press.
How fun and easy are these skirts to make? They work for any age too!
You can use this template for any type and length of circle skirt. It can be used for wovens as well, you just have to keep in mind that you will need to add seam allowances to one of your edges for putting in some type of closure.
Thanks for reading!!