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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! ¬†


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