Since I’m so tall, there was no way I was going to find fabric wide enough for me to cut the whole circle at once (you shorter people – be grateful). Unless I want a circle mini skirt, but I don’t think anyone wants that.
I definitely underestimated how much fabric it would take when I started this project…(3.5 yards). So. Much. Fabric. I didn’t realize how big the circle would actually be, and while I was hemming it I’m sure our downstairs neighbors really enjoyed listening to my sewing machine go for like a half an hour.
So worth it, though. I LOVE this skirt! It’s so fun and makes me feel pretty whenever I wear it. All girls need a skirt they can twirl around in, no matter what age.
Just to paint a picture, my waist is 32 inches around, and I wanted my skirt about 30 inches long. Once I did the math, my skirt was going to be 70 inches in wide…and fabric is usually only 60 inches wide. That is why I ended up having to do two half circles.
If you have run into similar problems when creating your own circle skirt, follow the tutorial below to create one that is finally long enough!
I’ve labeled my different measurements with A, B, C, and D so it makes more sense.
A = (Length) * 2 + (C)
B = Length — Measurement from your natural waist to however long you want it to be.
C = (waist measurement) / 3.14 — This is the diameter of your waist
D = (waist measurement) / 3.14/2 — This is half the diameter of your waist. You will sew the two half circles together and it will equal your whole waist diameter.
The top diagram image is an example of how I cut my skirt out of the fabric to have the least amount of fabric leftover. With a waist measurement of 32″ and 30″ long skirt, I used 3.5 yards of fabric. You will want to adjust yours accordingly.
To mark all my measurements, I laid the fabric out on the ground and started at the top of my fabric. First, I started at one end and marked my length of A. Then I marked the mid point of length A, and centered my waist diameter measurement on it. From the center point I just measured 5.25″ around, marked with chalk every couple of inches, and connected the dots to make it circular. I did the same with the length, but I measured 30″ from the waist diameter all the way around and connected the dots to make it circular. Then I cut out my fabric.
I made the waistband 4-5″ tall, so when I folded it over it was a 2″ thick waistband, and made the length of the waistband a couple inches longer than my waist measurement. Cut the waistband on a diagonal (the bias) to give it some stretch.
To make the circle once you have your fabric cut out, pin the straight edges with right sides together. Sew or serge the straight edges of your fabric, leaving the top of one side open about 5 inches so that you can add a zipper.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Tag your circle skirt makes with the tag @torinoellehall on Instagram so that I can see!