Wednesday, April 19, 2006
(Left: Prada skirt from SS04. Right: From Waist Down exhibit)
In honor off the Waist Down: SKirtss by Miuccia Prada exhibit, I'm posting directions how how to make a circle skirt. A circle skirt is just like it's described, when you lay it out flat, it's in the shape of a circle. It's one of the the most basic forms of a skirt. These are general directions, be sure to add your own personal touch!
1.5 yards of light to medium weight fabric
1' wide grograin ribbon in matching color of fabric
A large size snap button or hook and slide.
Waist (measure exactly around where you want the skirt to sit, don't measure too low!)
Length of skirt
1. The waist measurement is like the circumference of a circle. Using this measurement, add 2" (for seam allowance), divide by 3.14, then divide by 2. This will give you the radius. For example if your waist measurement is 28", you will get 4.7" as the radius.
Note: If you only want to have one seam, you can just add only 1" as seam allowance when you calculate your radius. Then make sure to only cut one of the horizontal folds in step 5.
2. Fold your fabric half horizontally, then vertically. Use pins to hold in place.
3. Measure 4.7" (or your personal radius number) from the center point of the folds and mark. Do this several times on different angles until there is enough points to connect and mark the waistline. Mark 1/4" seam allowance above waistline. (Please see reader's comments for additional tips on fit)
4. Mark the length of the skirt desired. Measure from the waistline on different angles and connect to form a curved line. Mark 1/4" seam allowance below hemline. (Please see reader's comments for additional tips on fit)
5. Cut along marked lines (along marked seam allowances only). Now carefully cut along horizontal folds (this is the side seams).
6. Remove pins and unfold. Insert zipper on one side of seam. Sew along the side seams with 1/2" seam allowance. Serge seams and hem line. Fold 1/4" along hemline and sew.
7. Fold grograin ribbon in half width wise. Sew 1/4" along cut edge and turn with seams inward. Pins along edges. Edge stitch along one side ribbon. Sandwich skirt waist between the ribbon and pin. Carefully edge stitch along ribbon making sure skirt is caught in between. Note: Leave some excess ribbon on one side of the opening for button or hook and slide)
8. Sew snap button or hook and slide at the ribbon waist band opening.
See also Circle Skirts, Part 2