What You’ll Need:
- Circle Skirt Pattern (see note below prior to cutting)
- 1 yard each of three coordinating fabrics
- Trim, one type for each skirt layer (I used a decorative lace, jumbo ric rac, and decorative elastic)
- 3″ Wide Ruffle Elastic for the Waistband, cut to 1″ longer than your model’s waist measurement
- All your sewing goodies
There are so many circle skirt tutorials in blog land already so I’m going to send you to my favorite here. You’ll follow her instructions to make the pattern but you’ll need two lengths. One will be waist to knee and one will be 2″ shorter than that.
For my daughter who usually wears a 4T, her waist is 22″ and her waist to knee is 11″ so my inner circle pattern measurement was 3.8″. I did both lengths on one template, as shown below.
Start by cutting your top and bottom layers with the pattern as is. Then cut pattern to the shorter length and cut your middle layer of fabric. Remember the pattern is 1/4 of the skirt so be sure your fabric is folded as noted in the circle skirt pattern link above before cutting.
To get the top layer asymmetrical, fold it in half and cut some off as shown below. I simply start about 4″ down on the right side and cut an arc. Open it up and it should appear as shown in the bottom picture below.
Serge the top and bottom of all your layers with a rolled hem. (Alternatively, you can fold over 1/4″, iron, and then fold over another 1/4″ and sew to create the hem on the bottom and zigzag stitch on the top circles). Then sew a different trim onto each layer. I sewed the trims about 1″ from the bottom of each layer, just eyeballing it as I went since I hate pinning!
Put all your skirt pieces together as shown below. Pin them together and baste them together with a 5.0 stich length. This will make them easier to attach to your elastic waistband.
Now take your wide elastic band and sew the short ends together with a 1/2″ seam and then flare the inseam out and sew along each side as shown below.
Next, pin the waist band on evenly ensuring the top layer is situated properly with the hem line as shown in the main pictures so your asymmetrical layer lays correctly. You’ll gently stretch the elastic as you sew it onto the skirt piece. I like to use a straight stitch with a slightly longer setting (3.0) when sewing exposed elastic waistbands on.
And that’s it! Much easier than it appears, right?
If you make one, I’d really love you to post a pic on my Facebook wall so I can share it with everyone!