Circle Skirts Done a Different Way!
I love sewing for my granddaughter...It is just so rewarding to see her twirl and spin when she puts on a new outfit that I made! I have been making circle skirts for her since she was about two, so I have a lot of leftover fabric.
Last Saturday, I decided to spend several hours making circle skirts for Lucy, but I wanted to try something different. My goal was to find a way to use the leftover fabric once I cut out the 'donut' needed for a skirt. I got this idea because I had so much leftover fabric from years of making circle skirts out of one yard of fabric. Basically, I was left with many pieces like the one pictured to the right.
What I realized is that if I took my circle skirt pattern and folded it in half, I could cut four pieces of the pattern out of each leftover piece of fabric. You will need 8 total pieces of the 1/4 pattern in order to create the 'donut' for the circle skirt. Once I cut out 8 pattern pieces, 4 of each fabric, I sew them together. Now, if you are not familiar with how to make circle skirts, you will need to create a pattern using waist and length measurements. Once you get the math figured out and create a paper pattern, you are ready to go. By Hand London has the best circle skirt calculator, so I just hop over there whenever my measurements change.
I used my serger for this as it just makes the process faster. As you sew the 8 pieces together, the circle begins to take shape. Once you finish, simple add a hem and elastic waistband. Voila, you have a beautiful circle skirt! If you are a total newbie to circle skirts and I have confused you, please check out one of my favorite bloggers, Dana over at Made Everyday. Her circle skirt video is simple to follow, I have included it at the end of this post. One you are familiar with the process, you will find it easy to create these fun skirts.