Do you want to make a simple and flattering skirt but are feeling a little bit intimidated? A half circle skirt is a wonderful project for a beginner and it looks good on so many figures. As you make a half or full circle skirt you will learn a few handy techniques without the complicated fitting process.
I have created a detailed video tutorial and printable chart to help you along the way.
In this complete guide you will learn:
- Plaid Matching
- Invisible Zipper Installation
- Waistband Finishing
- Attaching a Skirt Lining
- Sewing a Curved Hem
Okay, before those techniques overwhelm you, let me tell you that you can do this. Focus on one step at a time and replay any of the instructions as many times as you need to. Watch the video once through and make sure you print the helpful chart that includes the materials, tools, math, and other details. Also, take your measurements and the chart fabric shopping so you can purchase enough fabric.
Are you ready to get started? Here we go!
Here are some details about the skirts I made:
The plaid skirt is made with wool suiting for the outer fabric and silk lining from Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles. For the tulle skirt, I used fine navy tulle and navy lining from Joann. The strip of velvet ribbon on the waistband is from an Etsy shop that I really enjoy called MaryNotMartha.
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- main fabric
- lining fabric
- 9-16″ invisible zipper
- matching & contrasting thread
- waistband closure
- tape measure
- chalk/marking pen
- iron/ironing board
- hand sewing needle
- sewing machine
- zipper foot
- dress form or skirt hanger
Praise and FAQ!
P&Q: Thank you for making such a detailed tutorial! I look forward to making this and have already subscribed to your channel! But I have a question: how can I go about making this skirt with directional fabric? Do you have any tips? -Laura M.
ANSWER: You’re welcome! I would make the front (the fold) be where the directional pattern is oriented correctly. The only way to get the front and the back to have correct orientation is two cut the front and back separately. There would be two side seams and the center back seam.
P&Q: Thank you for the video! It’s exactly the style I’ve been looking for! Do you have a tutorial for the floral skirt you are wearing in this video? I’d love to sew a couple in this style as well! -Chandalaya M.
ANSWER: You’re welcome! I did create a tutorial for McCall’s 6706. Here it is!
P&Q: Hi! The video is super helpful but I wonder if I make 6 layers of tulle, do I stitch it all at once or layer by layer? -Violette P.
ANSWER: First, you can use as many layers of tulle as you want, even just one. If using multiple layers I recommend basting those layers together at the waist and even where the zipper will be installed. You can skip the interfacing on the tulle because it would show through. You can put interfacing on the lining (satin) if you need to stabilize it, but put it on whichever side will be concealed from the outside. I would attach the zipper to the tulle as you would normally attach to the main fabric. Then attach the lining to the inside of the zipper (the seam allowance can be turned either direction depending on your preference). The reason I would attach them in this way would be to keep them free of each other below the zipper. If you sew the lining and the tulle together it doesn’t flow or look as good as if you kept them apart. BUT they can be sewn together if you want to. I hope this provides the help you need.
I love hearing from you and seeing your work! Leave a comment or share your creations with me on Instagram @paigehandmade using #paigehandmade or #phcircleskirt.