I wish I got to kiss these cheeks more often or braid this hair from time to time. But distance separates me from my little lovely niece. This month was her fifth birthday and here she is twirling in her new circle skirt her "Sissy" made her.
This was one of the simplest patterns I have done, and I love it because you can modify the length and waist size to fit anyone. It takes a little over an hour...well it should. I always have glitches, tiny mistakes I make along the way, usually because I am distracted easily. But if the pattern was already made, and the technique learned, I don't know why you couldn't make 2 or 3 in an hour.
Here's how you do it:
Materials: 1 yard of quilter's weight 44" fabric, elastic (the width you want the waist band-it will be exposed), large paper to make a pattern, and coordinating thread.
Now for the geometry of it all! Waist + 2in = the Circumference of the inner cut. To make the pattern you need the Radius.
C (or Waist +2in) = 2 x 3.14 x R.....so.....
R = C (or the Waist + 2 in) divided by 6.28
Example: My neice's waist was 17 inches.
So 17 + 2 = 19. 19/6.28 = 3.03
With your radius you can start making your pattern:
Measure from the corner, putting dots at the measurement of the radius. Then trace in to make the arched line.
|First I laid it out into a pleat shape and found the center point.|
|I put a few stitches (and back stitches) into the center to create a pleat.|
|Then I stitched across the top to make it into a pleat.|
I had to make two of these to get all of the pictures. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I am really excited about the simplicity of the circle skirt. I am already planning poodle skirts for a "Grease" themed Halloween!
Love and Butter,