Draft + Sew a Custom Circle Skirt, Part 2: Draft the pattern

Hello, all! Back again today with part two of four-part series that will lead you through drafting and sewing a custom circle skirt with a fitted waistband + zipper.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
Now that you have your supplies gathered, you’ll need to grab your calculator, pencil, tape measure, and a scratch sheet of paper. We have to start off doing some math…. but don’t worry I’ve done the hard part for you. Like calculate for pi and whatnot. All you have to do is plug in your numbers and punch it in your calculator. I promise you won’t have to do any more than that!
In this step, we are going to draft the skirt portion of your circle skirt. First we are going to calculate your waist measurement for the SKIRT. To do this, measure around your natural waist (or, if you don’t want your skirt to sit at your natural waist, measure where you want your skirt to sit). Take this number and divide it by 6.28. DON’T fudge on this number.. it is super important that this number is correct, the fitting of your skirt depends on it!
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
keep in mind that this measurement is for the SKIRT portion of your project, NOT the waistband. For the skirt, we want 1/4 of the whole thing and for the waistband we want 1/2 of the whole thing. This will make more sense later, I think.
 
When you have this measurement ready, you can grab your drafting utensils (poster board or freezer paper or butcher paper, a ruler, and a pencil.)
You’ll want to start with a 90* angle. I used the corner of the poster board for my 90* angle, but if you’re not using poster board you can draw yours out. From this corner, measure out using the magic number you created above creating a semi-circle with the corner as the pivot point.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
Decide how long you’d like your skirt to be, add 1/2″-1″ for the hem and measure from the semi-circle you created out that length and create another, larger semi-circle.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
You’ll want to write on this pattern piece as follows:
Self-Drafted Semi-Circle Skirt
Cut two on fold
On one of the edges, draw an arrow pointing out and write “Fold”Now, we’re going to draft the waistband portion of the skirt.
For the waistband, we need a different measurement. You’ll take the same measurement you started with, but this time you’ll divide it by 3.14.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
Find another 90* angle and measure up from that corner with the measurement you just created and create a semi-circle.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
From the line you created, measure up 3.5″ and create another semi-circle.
On this pattern piece write as follows:
Self-Drafted Semi-Circle Skirt Waistband
Cut one on fold (fabric)
Cut one on fold (interfacing)
Flip pattern piece over, cut one on fold (fabric)
On one of the edges, draw an arrow pointing out and write “Fold”.
Draft + sew a custom circle skirt // Instructions on SewCaroline.com
Your pattern pieces just need to be cut out and they’re ready to go!Join us tomorrow for Part Three!

xoCaroline

5 thoughts on “Draft + Sew a Custom Circle Skirt, Part 2: Draft the pattern

  1. Hi Caroline
    I now this is an old tutorial but I just came across it.
    if I wanted to make the skirt using a back zip and cut the two back pieces not on the fold would I need to make any changes re: seam allowances on the skirt piece or waistband (I am assuming I will cut the waistband into two)

    Thanks so much
    Louise

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