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.
- 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. You’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.
- Here’s what the smaller one might look like:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When you’re finished, cut it out. It will look something like this:
- 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.
- Here’s what it will look like once you cut it:
- Confused yet? I’m terrible at making tutorials! No worries, it gets easier from here. You will sew 1 side of the halves together.
- I made a waistband and I totally eyeballed it. The length of it should be your waist size plus 2″. Here’s that: I’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! 🙂
- 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.
- 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 🙂