How To Make A Circle Skirt The Megan Way

Me in my skirt...
Me in my skirt…posing awkwardly.

Well, everyone, I’ve been MIA for a couple of days.  Friday is my “off” night, meaning I just sit on the couch doing nothing except watch My Cat from Hell reruns.  Yesterday, I drank too much Z-quill the night before and stayed pretty much asleep all day.  Today I’m back though!  So sorry for not answering comments.

I finished my first project on my sewing machine, which is the skirt you see me wearing in the picture above. This was so easy to make!  I’m going to attempt to make a tutorial now of how I actually made it.

  1. I didn’t buy a pattern because you can easily make one.  I suggest using wrapping paper to make the pattern.  I used tissue paper and it turned out to be smaller than I wanted.  Make sure that the corner of the paper you use is a 90 degree angle.  Get two pencils or pens or whatever, a ruler or measuring tape, and a piece of string. DSC_0001You’re going to be tying the thread/string to each pencil at a certain length. One of the pencils will be in the tip of the 90 degree corner and the other will be swung to make an arch.  If you have a large compass, that would be even better, but alas, who has one?  You are going to want to make 2 arches, a smaller one near the 90 degree corner for the waist and a larger one for the hem of the skirt.
  2. Here’s what the smaller one might look like: DSC_0003
  3. I tried to take a picture of the larger one, but it was not clear at all.  Sorry 😦 In order to get the measurements for the arches, it’s very simple.  First, you’ll need to measure your waist, which is somewhere between your hips and your ribcage.  Mine is 34″ according to my sloppy measuring attempt. If you have someone to measure for you, make them help you because it’s very difficult to get an accurate measurement by yourself.  K tried and failed, so I had to do it myself…Anyway, add 2″ to your waist measurement, which for me was 36.  Finally you’ll divide this number by 6.28 (or 2x 3.14).  For me it came out to 5.74″ and I rounded it to 6″, which you don’t have to do, but I just did.
  4. Let me break it down into a simple formula:    (waist size + 2″)/6.28= length of 1st arch.  Now, mark on the tissue paper this distance. Tie a piece of string to each pencil, making sure that the distance between the pencils is the same as what you marked on the tissue paper.  Hold one pencil in the corner and swing an arch for the other. It will look like the above picture.
  5. For the hem of the skirt, you can measure however long you want the skirt to be.  I think for mine I measured 21″ from the corner and did the same thing with the string and pencils as I did for the small arch.  I only did this because I had too little of tissue paper and fabric.  I suggest making it longer.
  6. When you’re finished, cut it out. It will look something like this: DSC_0659
  7. Now it’s time to cut fabric.  I had a yard of spare fabric, but I suggest using at least 1.5 yards or more.  Fold the fabric once lengthwise and cut it in half width wise, so that you will have to squares of folded fabric, one will be the skirt front and the other the skirt back.  Pin the pattern to the fabric, making sure that you leave one side folded! Do not cut the fold.  I had to really maneuver my pattern on the fabric and I cut around it in weird spots because my fabric was too small.
  8. Here’s what it will look like once you cut it:
    One of the folded squares

    Here’s both squares cut out together: DSC_0662Hence the name “circle skirt.”  Now one with a cat on it: DSC_0663

  9. Confused yet?  I’m terrible at making tutorials!  No worries, it gets easier from here.  You will sew 1 side of the halves together.
  10. I made a waistband and I totally eyeballed it. The length of it should be your waist size plus 2″.  Here’s that: DSC_0675I’ve already attached it in this picture.  You wouldn’t even have to make a waistband.  I actually suggest you don’t.  I think it would be easier to just attach a large elastic band to the top of the skirt in place of the waistband.  You wouldn’t even need to cover it.  That way, you won’t have to sew in a zipper!  🙂
  11. Now, you’ll just close the skirt. If you made a waistband like me, then you’ll probably want to sew in a zipper that’s what I did anyway.
  12. Finally, just hem it, trim the seams, and voila!  You have a circle skirt.

Well, that’s all there is to it!  It was easier than I let on, that’s for sure.  Just have fun with it!

Thanks for reading 🙂



62 thoughts on “How To Make A Circle Skirt The Megan Way

  1. Megan that was the most entertaining and funny tutorial I have EVER READ and I’m not joking! I want you to keep making them and just keep making them like this, Megan style. I particularly enjoy how you ‘just eyeballed’ the waist band, and you rounded measurements up even though “you don’t have to do this” but you “just did” ROFLMAO!!

    Oh PLEASE do more! PS Chester is such a be wherever he shouldn’t cat! By that I mean, a cat.

    1. hahaha! Until you pointed it out, I didn’t even notice some of what I wrote 😉 I just went back to read it and had a good laugh at myself. I literally type how I speak 🙂 I’ll just have to do more tutorials Megan style! baha.

      Oh my gosh yes, Chester is into everything all the time. Did you notice how many pics just had his tail in it? 😉

      1. I write how I speak and that’s what my friends (of course) compliment me on so I’ll just keep at it. You too because it shows our real characters!

  2. That is a beautiful skirt. Not that I want to make one, but I know someone who might like to. Suits you very fine. The way you smile, makes it very hard to believe you struggle with anything. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 I am kind of proud of it, even though it’s not perfect. I find that I smile a lot and I can’t not smile for pictures. I have a terrible case of resting bitch face.

      1. You should be. I don’t know how you do that kind of thing without a pattern? My mom is the same way. She can sew like nobody’s business, I can’t even sew with a pattern. I did take a class when I was in school, back in the day and it was apparent right from the get go that sewing and me were not going to get along. I wish I had that talent, but I didn’t. My mom and sister got it, but I do think the skirt is really, really cute and I’m amazed at you making it without a pattern and making it look so easy. You did an awesome job.

  3. What a lovely skirt you made from your own pattern. I love how you walked us through the process.. Congrats and I look forward to more of your beautiful creations in the future.. Take care and stay happy….

    1. Don’t be afraid 🙂 It’s all a learning process and you have to sew to learn how 🙂 I was afraid too, only that I would somehow mutilate the machine, but so far so good. I say go for it.

  4. I am SO not going to sew, so I’ll confess to skipping the instructions, but the skirt is sweeet! We only just discovered ‘My Cat from Hell’ (yay, Netflix). I wonder if everyone goes through the same phases, the ‘I’ve had cats my whole life and really, it’s unlikely you’re going to tell ME anything’ phase straight to ‘oh crap! I’ve been doing THAT wrong. No wonder etc. etc.’ Ha!

    1. I know, thanks Netflix 🙂 I have to say, every person on there obviously never Googled how to take care of a cat before getting one. It all seems like no brainer stuff to me. Chester is the best behaved little boy and I know it’s because of how I’ve raised him 🙂 The only exception on that show, I think, is the lady who was duped into getting a feral cat.

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