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Tutorial: Circle Skirts

By taeliac
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Well, I have this huge list of tutorials I want to make, and this was the first one a whim took me to strike off my list.

Yes, it is wordy.

Yes, it requires you to do math.

Fair warning. (sorry, I be angsty about some people sometimes)

This is for making a skirt out of a full circle (or just about). These skirts are wonderful - they're very easy to do once you're used to them, and they're fast and very fun to wear. If you do it where you make it longer, they're so much fun to twirl around in.

Within this tutorial is how to sew it together, how to figure out the inner circle (this was my bit o' math voodoo in school), the length, and most importantly, yardage estimates.

I hope I covered just about everything you could need to know - I'll hopefully have a supplement to this in a few days about how to take this, and use it to create pleated skirts for those of us who can't wear traditional one's - our hips are too large! Circles make a wonderful way of doing that, combining the fullness you usually want in a skirt with the pleated look that most uniforms require.

:pointr: Here is a quick visual explanation on how to combine more than one circle for an even fuller skirt! :pointl:

Other useful tutorials that work well with this:
:star: Putting in a centered zipper - this is referenced in the tutorial, so you may want to check it out, too
:star: Putting on bias tape - this is another way that you can make the waistband (it will only be the size of the bias, though, so double check what you're doing) or, this makes a very attractive hem finish that I forgot to mention before ^^;

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All images at the bottom are my own. Please do not redistribute, edit, or re-word my tutorials for any other purposes without my express written permission.

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Vulpes94's avatar

Thank you for this!

Namine24's avatar
It will definitely work for Ariel’s dinner dress
NekoGirl29's avatar
I'm saving this. I can't wait to start cosplaying.
taeliac's avatar
It is super fun! If you need sewing help, there are tons of awesome resources on dA! :glomp:
NekoGirl29's avatar
Thanks. It may be a while until I can afford a sewing machine, but I do hope to start sewing my own clothes and cosplay some day.
taeliac's avatar
You can always practice with hand sewing! A lot of clothing and especially cosplay really benefits from knowing how to do it, so if you start that way, sewing on a machine will be very easy!
irishhighlander's avatar
Faving this for future reference :)
Lady-Koisuki's avatar
I'm definitely going to use this for my five nights at Freddy's cosplay. I'm going to be Chica :3

I'll let you know when I finish it!
ms-base-lady's avatar
Holy shit that's why I came here XD
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isavegas's avatar
I don't have the resources to follow the tutorial at the moment, but I'm pretty sure it'll come in handy. Love 
Thank you! ♥♥♥
Toyon95's avatar
Your tutorials are awesome!
ArwynAtreides's avatar
The tutorial is great but I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the waistband bit. I'm sure I'm over or under thinking this! >.< I probably have this all wrong!
Here's how I'm thinking: Let's say:
27" + 4" = 31"
Waist = 31"
x = 31/6.28
x = ~5


Waistband = 5 + 2
waistband = 7"
but 7 inches is way too small. I'm going to keep rereading this. Thanks for posting this tutorial!
InuLoverNr1Hitomi's avatar
I see that in a lot of those pictures you put them on tops to make it a dress. This is what I want to do. Do you have a tutorial for making a top part and puting it together with the skirt part????~~ ;u; (figured asking would be faster than looking myself. yes i'm lazy)

(And thank you thank you thank you for the tutorial. You're an angel!:heart:)
nekotin's avatar
I dont think i did anything wrong but adding the extra inches to the waist made the skirt way to big to fit me properly, (an exact 4 inches too i measured the excess) is this typical?
Happi-chan's avatar
Oh boy! Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I'll have to give this a shot!
Thanks for sharing!
KumquatMascara's avatar
Thank you so much for this!! It is impossibly wonderful, helpful, and easy to work with!!! I love it :D
gingerchu's avatar
This is honestly the best circle skirt tutorial I have seen. I make all my circle skirts based on this very tutorial.
AkikoFumi's avatar
Wow, this is a great Tutorial! I'll GLADLY do maths to make a skirt now! <3
Animemangatotallover's avatar
Hello! Do you mind making this a download? The picture is too small so I cannot read the text X(
Algophobic's avatar
I know what I'm going to try soon
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