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Circle Skirt in about 2 hours (what?!)

After some trial and error, and patience, I have the circle skirt mastered ūüôā

This half circle skirt is purple – you’ll notice the purple appears bluer in some pictures than others. ¬†It’s all the same fabric, though

Using two yards of fabric, fold it in half – I don’t think it matters which way you fold it, but I folded it with the selvage ends together. ¬†Using the circle skirt calculator, I measured a radius of about 8.5 inches, then measured 23 inches from the end of that and drew my 1/4 circle.

When you unfold the 1/4 circle, it should become a half circle like below:

For the waist band, I cut a strip of fabric that was 4 inches wide, and a bit longer than my full waist circumfrence (approx. 33 inches in length).  Fold this strip in 1/2, so it should be 2 inches wide, then press.

Pin the waist band to the wrong side of the skirt’s waist.

Sew the waistband to the skirt (I used 1/2 inch SA) and be sure to finish (zigzag or serge) the seam.

Almost done with the waist band. ¬†Iron the SA bit ‘up’ towards the top of the skirt. ¬†Then you’ll flip the skirt to the right side and iron the seam, pressing it to look sharp and neat.

Waist is done and probably looks really polished!

Fold the skirt back into the 1/4 circle shape, joining the two raw edges.  Pin the edges together and mark where you want the zipper to end.  Then sew together using a 1/2 inch SA, and then finish the raw edges (zigzag or serge).

Next, following the zipper mftr instructions, pin the zipper to the open/raw edges and sew using minimal SA.

Next…the dreaded hem. ¬†Oy, vey. ¬†This is the most tedious step. ¬†First, I mark about 1/4 inch above the raw edge – yes, I mark the 1/4 inch alllllll the way around the bottom hem of the skirt. ¬†Do you like this step? ¬†Good! ¬†Next, measure 3/8 inch from that first mark. ¬†Yes….go alllllll the way around. ¬†Fun isn’t it?

Fold the bottom/raw edge of the bottom of your skirt up to the 1/4 inch mark and iron.  Yet another opportunity to get familiar with every inch of the bottom of your skirt.

One last time – fold and iron up to the 3/8 inch markings allllll the way around. ¬†Kind of boring but it’s so worth it – this is usually one of those steps I sloppily eyeball and get over with. ¬†Taking my time really paid off for this skirt! ¬†Look how nice it is before sewing even!

After all that work, I wanted the hem to look super spiffy. ¬†I sewed a 1/4 inch SA’d hem then did 1/8 inch to create a double stitch look. ¬†You can use the double-needle for your sewing machine if you want (but that requires 2 spools, undoing the needle and re-attaching the double-needle and bla bla bla).

I’m proud of myself for taking my time, which ended up saving me a ton of time.

Voila! ¬†C’est finis! ¬†


I seam to be patient‚Ķbut should be patient whilst seaming!

Why is it that when I see a project, I immediately focus on the finished product?¬† Why am I not focused on the journey?¬† The peace from within that one enjoys from the creative process‚Ķhas not found me quite yet.¬†¬†Taking the time to make sure every step is followed makes me feel like this…

Are we there yet?!

Yes, there are times I have been ‚Äėin the zone‚Äô, but those times are rare.¬† With up to 3 kids in our house at any given time when I‚Äôm not at work, sewing has become my escape while everyone is occupied.¬† This escape tends to motivate me to rush through projects.¬† Hopefully as I log my successful projects here I will learn to let go and take my time.

We begin with the half-circle skirt.

I recall my grandmother making a ton of skirts for me in my youth over several years.  So much so that I dreaded wearing them whenever a new batch was presented.  I rebelled by wearing shorts underneath.

Shorts made skirts wearable!

I was not her babyboom-era kid, my school had playgrounds and encouraged girls to be equal to boys.

Looking back, I think she followed the basic circle-skirt pattern.  Now that I’m not an active youth, I appreciate the simplicity, comfort and flow the circle skirt provides.  Especially down here in Houston.

There‚Äôs a great tutorial by Patty (in nearby Dallas, I might add!) here¬†and she even created an awesome spreadsheet for calculating full, ¬ĺ and ¬Ĺ circle skirt waist measurements!¬† Way cool!

My first mistake ‚Äď I entered the wrong number in the spreadsheet and came up with a waist circumference that was too big.¬† And I didn‚Äôt notice it until after I cut the fabric, either!¬† Oh well, not to worry, I just cut off the excess from the waist band all the way to the end of the hem.

Then for some reason I decided to hem the skirt before the zipper or joining the skirt seam.  Seriously, this was a typical case of careless rushing on my part.

After a lot of quality time with my seam ripper, I successfully made a really cute slightly-less-than-half circle skirt!¬† It’s linen so it breathes and is allowed to be wrinkled.

What do you think?

Voila! Perfect length and oh-so-comfy!

Waistband sits on me just right

Waistband is a simple 4-inch wide strip folded in half length-wise, ironed, and attached.

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