Updated: Jun 19
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'Was it Christian Dior who saved us from the war era limitations highlighting the Circle Skirt? Well he certainly gave it a boost of recognition, it was undoubtedly more popular in the 1950’s with more fabric becoming available after the war. But the circle skirt has been around before that and since then, emphasizing an hourglass shape in a very elegant and opulent form in any length imaginable. It is indeed a classic, and a very twirly fun classic, pouring out stylishness at every angle, and I for one am very happy wearing a circle skirt in any form!’
On that note we are more than happy to share notes with you to whip up a Half Circle Skirt as a very quick weekend project.
This project is actually split into two Parts. You are reading Part 2 which is intended as a non technical Simple Sew Along to create a very quick half Circle Skirt. You could see it as an introduction to Circle Skirts, the idea is that you just follow along the instructions pretty much verbatim to create a skirt very much like this one which is our test garment….
Hopefully you will enjoy this blog and consider joining our community in the Threadelicious ThreadBox to learn more about designing and making your own clothes and help us grow our little community further and help us add more value to the Threadelicious experience!
If you are already a member you can access the more technical part of the project stored in the Projects area of the Threadelicious ThreadBox – Part 1 and you can learn so much more about designing Circle Skirts and how your design decisions will affect your calculations and pattern making.
The Circle Skirt we are making here is a knee length Half Circle Skirt with a waistband (no interfacing) and invisible zip installed to the top of the waistband (no buttons needed) and a small hem. It will also have two side seams so it will be a side fastening skirt (unless you spin it around of course). Nothing too complicated but just enough to get your teeth into. The good news is that you need no prerequisites of learning from the Threadelicious ThreadBox, although some sewing experience will be beneficial as we are not going into detail about how to use a sewing machine, of course there is nothing stopping you stitching the whole thing by hand.
So if we have peaked your interest so far after making your test garment you can make it with beautiful fabric like this, here is a day in the life of a half circle skirt, made in the morning, worn in the afternoon!
Once you have made one of these skirts you can start to mix up your colours and before you know it you may get a Circle Skirt addiction!
Out of all the versions of Circle Skirts, the Half Circle Skirt is a solid favourite, it’s not too extravagant or overdone but has enough volume to give an A-Line shape enhancing the waist and is very feminine and elegant no matter what the length.
The skirt looks really crisp in a woven fabric such as a cotton or linen showcased here in a beautifully printed mid weight linen from one of our favourite family ran fabric stores Sckafs Fabrics here in Brisbane. It can be made in a light or medium weight or even a heavy weight for a different more structured effect and your skirt can be any length from mini to the floor, fabric can be block colour or any size print as there really is no pattern matching (OK maybe in the waistband!). However just be mindful that your pattern will be rotated through all angles so consider what it is going to look like at the seams. We recommend for this Sew Along to stick to a woven fabric because other fabrics may not have any bias stretch and will need different calculation considerations.
Before you go out and buy any fabric it will be useful to have a quick read of this whole sew along, especially this first section dealing with sizing and fabric lengths so that you understand how much fabric you will need and can visualise what any fabric print will look like. As with all garment making we believe it is a good practice to make your first test garment from cheaper fabric such as a muslin or a quilting cotton so that you do not waste your beautiful and more expensive fabric. Any adjustments can then be noted and then the fashion fabric cut when you have confidence in what you are doing, after all you may wish to make some changes or add some other design features. All fabrics are not created evenly some fabric have more bias stretch than others so ensure that you make your test garments with a fabric that has similar characteristics as your fashion fabric.
This is where mock ups can help for you to experiment. If you are worried about the bias stretch of your fabric consider buying half a meter extra of your fashion fabric to cut a very small skirt only a few inches long to test the bias stretch on the actually fabric you are going to use. It is probably worth doing this if you are going to cut a few skirts out of the same fabric with different prints for example to get a really nice fit.
Note if you do create a mock up in this way make sure that you snip the top half inch of your test garment where the waistband would be attached as the first half inch of the fabric will be seam allowance used to join the waistband otherwise you may think that the skirt is too tight!
All of our measurements are in inches however you can work in centimetres if you prefer.
We can’t wait to see your finished skirts so please send us your photos!