Hello everyone! Today, I want to share with you how I made this beautiful double layer circle skirt for Debby, my daughter. In addition, I will also share a simple table to use for drafting the circle skirt. Meanwhile, hope we are all doing well, staying home, making the most of time, and above all staying safe?! I decided to use this period to work on lots of sewing projects, and I will be sharing some of them in the coming weeks.
I love circle skirts, and I already have a tutorial of circle skirt that I made for myself (click here). That tutorial was very detailed, however, it was a bit complicated with all the calculations involved. Therefore, this time around I made it easier by using an elastic band instead of zipper and without the stress of any calculations.
I’ve added this table that you can use instead of bothering about any calculations. This table can be used if you have waist measurement; table 1 is for those with waist measurement between 7 to 29 inches. In addition, table 2 is for waist measurement between 33 to 56 inches.
Table for sewing circle skirt
How to use table
- R stands for radius, and C is for circumference.
- When sewing skirt or peplum, circumference represents your actual waist measurement, and radius is the number you should use with fabric folded.
- If you are using zipper, add about half inch for sewing allowance.
- When sewing sleeve, cut exactly without allowance
Materials for Double layer circle skirt
- Fabric (about one yard)
- Marker or tailors chalk
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
1.Measure waist, and then measure length of skirt. (Debby’s waist was 20. I wanted the length to be 11, but added extra 3 inches for seam allowance. So, following the table above, I worked with waist- 3 inches, and length -14inches).
2. Fold fabric into two, and fold again into four (see tutorial on peplum pattern). Mark waist and length measurement on one side of fold, and repeat again on other side of fold. Connect the marks to form an arc, and cut out fabric.
3. Cut another piece, 3 inches shorter in length than first piece. (You should now have two peplum pieces).
4. Hem the bottom of the two pieces (I find that it’s certainly easier to hem bottom of double layer circle skirt before sewing the waist)
5. Place short piece down with right side facing up, and place long piece on top right side facing up. Sew both pieces together at the waist with about half inch seam allowance. Turn both pieces inside out, the seams should be hidden as shown below. Now, iron all seams flat.
6. Cut out elastic exact measurement as waist.
7. Fold elastic in half, and sew down the edges with half inch seam allowance. Open the seam and top stitch on the left and right side, about a quarter inch.
8. Pin elastic round waist of skirt, and sew with a zigzag stitch. (to clarify; every other stitch used is a straight stitch, but this final one should be a zigzag stitch because it allows the elastic band to stretch properly).
That’s it! Your double layer circle skirt is now ready to wear! Hope the steps were clear enough, if not, kindly leave me a comment below. In addition, if you have any suggestions for me, or any sewing hack that has worked for you, also leave a comment. I’ll be glad to read from you.
Finally, next week, I intend to share another sewing tutorial I’ve worked on. So, till then, stay safe and God bless you