Wednesday, October 10, 2012

the DIY: CIRCLE SKIRT

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Circle Skirt Tutorial as I promised! You just need about 1.5 yards of fabric, elastic (we used 5/8") and a sewing machine and thread and pins and all that stuff. To do exactly what we did, you should use a fabric that has some stretch. It will be much much easier.

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Keep your fabric folded in half as it comes. Then fold the fabric over in the other direction. There should be two folds together on one side (the side on the bottom of the picture) and one fold on the left side.

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Lay a tape measure or yard stick across the bottom of the fabric, on the folds. For this part you will need two measurements- the RADIUS and LENGTH. Measure your waist and add 2 inches to that measurement, then divide by 6.28. This is the RADIUS measurement. Then the LENGTH measurement will be how long you want the skirt+the RADIUS.

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You will make a dot at the RADIUS and LENGTH measurements. So we made a dot at 5.25" and 23".

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You will move the tape measure from side to side of the fabric keeping zero in the corner, then place marks by the two measurements.

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You will connect the dots of the inner circle and the outer circle.

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Then cut along the lines.

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When you open the fabric up it should be a giant circle like this!

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Turn the fabric inside out and roll the waist line down twice and pin in place. The width should be a little bigger than the width of your elastic. Sew along the bottom edge and leave a space open for elastic.

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Put a safety pin on the end of your elastic.

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Feed the elastic through the waist.

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Sew the elastic ends together.

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And sew up the hole! The end. If you had a fabric that needed to be hemmed you would do that at the end. We like to use fabric that doesn't need to be hemmed! It's much much easier.

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11 comments:

  1. pretty impressive idea, umm hey i wonder have you ever seen ashlee simpson video of pieces of me? :D she wore pink polka dot skirt, well, i wish you could give me idea how to sew that skirt :D

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  2. This seems really fun to do! I was wondering about how much fabric you used?

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  3. Need some skirts and what better way than to make one! How much fabric do you suggest to buy?

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  4. Yeah I was also wondering how much fabric you used?

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  5. This is super cute! I love that whole outfit! I'm gonna need to bust out my sewing machine, I think...

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  6. I just updated the tutorial to note how much fabric we used. We're not sure but I'm estimating about 1.5 yards o' fabric.

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  7. Thank you so much! This is the best circle skirt tutorial ever! Now i'm finally confident to give it a try.

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  8. Need a little more than 1.5... I'm about 5'0" and I went to the edge of the fabric on mine and I'm still worried about it being too short. My waist was only 5 inches too. Guess you just have to experiment with it...

    How did you guys go about sewing your waistband? Mine was going fine at first and then it got incredibly messed up and began to pucker. Did you run it through the machine in kindof a semi circle?

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  9. How long do you cut your elastic? Is the same measurement as the waist, and then sewn over an inch or so?

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  10. What type of fabric did you use?

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  11. I made my own circle skirt for my blog and did a similar tutorial. I absolutely love it and have worn it a bunch!! Check it out here (http://www.kokay.me/do-it-yourself/easy-diy-circle-skirt/).

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