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Sew a Simple Circle Skirt

This super-simple, six-panel skirt is perfect for mixing and matching fabrics.

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What You Need

  • Fabric -- 3 yards each of two prints
  • Compass
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper
  • Scissors
  • 1-inch-wide elastic
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How to Make it

  1. Cut one 60-degree triangle pattern for the gores (sections) based on the triangle in Diagram 1 but make the triangle about 36 inches tall.
  2. From three yards each of two prints, cut six triangles total.
  3. Assemble.
  4. Using a compass, draw a 15- to 18-inch-diameter circle in center of skirt using a compass.
  5. Draw a line along outer edge of skirt, measuring the distance between the edge of the marked center circle and the outer edge (skirt bottom) to equal desired finished length less 2 inches.
  6. Cut out circle for waist opening, and cut along marked skirt bottom line.
  7. Remove stitching in one seam at waist opening and sew in a side zipper.
  8. Add a 1-1/2-inch-wide finished waistband at center circle, leaving an opening for inserting 1-inch-wide elastic.
  9. Try on, adjusting elastic to fit, and sew waistband closed.
  10. Cut and sew together 4-1/2-x-42-inch skirt trim strips to equal circumference of bottom edge of skirt. Stitch long edge and fold over to bottom edge of skirt.
  11. Press seam toward trim; topstitch through all layers.

Our long-length skirt is made from three prints from Sofia, a cotton lawn fabric collection by Robert Kaufman Co.

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