My co-worker had asked me to make a few skirts for her sister, and her friend. She encouraged me to make the tutorial. I finally made up my mind to just go for it this time, since I’m sewing the skirts for her, and I could have her do the pattern and I’ll take a picture of how it’s made step by step. I think it worked out! This is my first tutorial, I’ve been trying to make one since I made my daughter’s 2nd Poodle skirt. I’ve taken a couple of pictures making her 4th skirt [which I’ll be using here]. I’m still trying to adapt to the idea to do tutorials as I sew, but I find it so much faster to just take the before picture, sew and show the final piece. So please don’t get confused if you see the pictures with different fabric patterns for this tutorial. I will also be using screen captures from Word to show what I’m trying to explain.
So here goes…..
I: Measurements = Waist and Length of Skirt Find the radius of the waist. In this case her sister’s waist is 29 inches. Divide 29 by 6.28 = 4.61. I rounded that off to 5 inches is what I’ll be using to make the pattern. The length that she needs is 24. We won’t be doing anything with that until later.
II: Drafting the pattern I kind of got lazy so I used word to draft my pattern for the waist. Measure 5 inches both length and width, then draw a curve connecting both ends. This is what it looks like.
Cut the pattern, and tape it on the corner of another piece of paper. Now, we’re going to make the outside circle. This will be the length part of the skirt. Starting from the edge of the taped pattern, measure the length desired. In this case it’s 24, so tape paper together adding up to the length and height. It will end up looking like a square.
Then from there, trace a curve connecting the length and width
Cut both curves Now you have a pattern for your skirt. The smaller curve is where your waist is, the lager curve is the hem of the skirt. This is ¼ of a circle.
III: Cutting fabric I’m explaining this for those who are new to sewing. Please bear with me – When the fabric is bought, it’s already folded lenghtwise. You need to fold that again in half widthwise.
Then place the pattern on the corner aligning the edges, then cut. Now you have a circle when opened up.
Sorry for the image. The table wasn’t big enough but this is what is should look like when you open the skirt
IV: Finishing Touches
Cut the elastic of your choice. Add ½ in to your measurement, so this one will be 29 ½ inches.
Add the elastic on the waist [smaller part of the circle]. Typically, I use black elastic so I’d just pin it on the fabric and sew together. Elastic on top of the right side of the fabric.
For this project, however, the elastic that I have is white – so I had to make a casing for the elastic. Pin the casing to the skirt while gathering – then sew together. When done, insert the elastic.
Hem the bottom of the skirt and you’re done.
Viola! A circle skirt.
Add the poodle patch, and rick rack and it becomes a poodle skirt.
***To make the poodle skirt, add a poodle patch and rick rack to the skirt before attaching the elastic.
[img: 50’s day 2014, 2015, Father Daughter’s Dance]
I hope this inspires you to make skirts. They are fun and easy to do! Post a link in the comments to show the skirts you made or if you have an easier tutorial.
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