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DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN CIRCLE SKIRT

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By Annika Victoria on October 23 2013 - Style

Making your own clothes is the best. Once you get a hang of it (and I promise you that it’s not hard, I’m an entirely self-taught sewer – thank you, YouTube tutorials!), you get total control over the design and structure of your clothes.

You’ll own a completely unique piece of clothing and best yet, if someone compliments you on it, you can say that you made it yourself!

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Things you will need:

  • Fabric – I recommend polyester over cotton (it is less crumply – so no ironing needed) at least 1m wide by 1.5m long
  • A 10 – 20cm zipper
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine (not entirely necessary – you could hand sew this but it would take quite a long time!) and thread
  • A ruler and measuring tape

1. PUT ON SOME SEWING TUNES

Before you even begin. Seriously. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cloud Control & Birdee Mixtapes are particularly great to listen to while sewing. Just saying.

2. CUTTING OUT YOUR SKIRT

You need to start with a square of fabric at least 1m x 1m (I started with a 1.10m x 1.10m piece of fabric. The size will depend on how long you want your skirt to be – I wanted a roughly 55cm long skirt – but it’s best to start off with more than you think you’ll need, just in case).

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Fold it in half, and then in half again.

Make sure the “right” side of the fabric is on the inside of this fold.

You then need to make a simple calculation. Measure right around your waist. Then divide this measurement by 2 x Pi (Pi = 3.14).

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For example, my waist measurement is 69cm. I simply divided this by 2 x Pi, and got the above number. Let’s round this up to 11cm to make things easy.

Take a ruler and place it along the edge of the folded-up square on the corner with no raw edges.

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Using a pen or chalk, draw a quarter-circle with an 11cm radius all the way around like so (if you remember from maths at school, a radius is simply half of a circle’s width).

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Then cut this out!

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Now you just need to do the same thing again, but bigger. I wanted my skirt to be about 55cm in length, so I drew another quarter-circle with a radius of 55cm this time.

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Then simply cut it out again!

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Unfold the whole thing… and hopefully you should have something that resembles a CD:

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Believe it or not, you’re basically halfway there!

3. ATTACHING A WAISTBAND

Before you attach your waistband, you’re going to make room for a zipper.

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Inside the smaller circle, simply make a slit that’s the same length as your zipper.

To make a waistband, take your waist measurement, add a couple of centimetres to this, and cut out a rectangle of fabric.

For example, my waistband is 73cm x 15cm, but you would alter these measurements depending on your waist size, and how wide you want your waistband to be (my waistband will end up roughly 7.5cm wide using these measurements).

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Now the actual sewing starts!

Fold this rectangle in half lengthways (wrong side up) and, using the longest “straight stitch” on your sewing machine, sew straight down the length of the fabric. Make sure that the edges of the fabric meet up the whole way, so that you are sewing them together.

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You will now have a long, inside-out tube of fabric. Turn it inside out, so the “nice” side of the fabric is on the outside.

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Starting at the split you made for the zip, carefully pin the waistband to the front of the fabric like so:

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Pin the waistband all the way around the smaller circle’s edge, on the “nice” side of the fabric. The top of the waistband should match up with the raw edge of the small circle.

If your waistband is a little bit too short to go all the way around, gather the fabric of the skirt slightly on the smaller circle (just like making a little “pleat”). If the waistband ends up a little bit too long – don’t worry. That’s why you added a little bit extra to your waist measurement!

Once you’ve pinned the waistband onto the skirt all the way around, secure it like this using a straight stitch:

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Hopefully, you’ll end up with a pretty seam like this, with the waistband successfully attached to the skirt part:

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4. INSERTING THE ZIPPER

This might seem like the most daunting part of the whole project, but I promise that it isn’t too difficult to master. As long as you pin your zipper very carefully, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Line your zipper up with the slit you made earlier, fold the raw edge underneath a few centimetres, and pin your fabric onto the zipper (with the “nice” side of the fabric on top of the zipper):

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(If you have a keen eye, you may notice that I changed my mind about the zip colour from the previous steps, but it’s still the same length.)

Undo the zipper all the way. Then all you need to do is slowly sew the fabric to the zipper, taking care to remove the pins just before you reach them, and keeping the foot of the sewing machine quite close to the zipper.

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When you get to the bottom where the zip is, lift the foot and carefully do the zip back up, then continue on sewing. Do the same for the other side.

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You’re very nearly done. And if your fabric doesn’t fray easily, then you don’t even need to bother with the next step!

5. MAKING A HEM

If your fabric frays, you will need to hem the bottom of your skirt. Hemming a circle skirt takes a bit of patience and practice!

Fold the bottom edge of the skirt up a few centimetres, and keeping the fabric very taut, sew slowly along. You will need to stop and readjust the fabric every 10 centimetres or so – because it is a circle shape, it will try and slip away from you! It will probably bunch up a little bit, but don’t worry about that – just try and keep the fabric folded over the same distance all the way around.

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Guess what – you’re done! Enjoy swishing around in your new circle skirt and the satisfying feeling that comes from making your own clothes.

Want more? Check out some of Annika’s other DIY tutorials:

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Annika Victoria headshotAnnika Victoria is both a science student and a fashion-blogger from Sydney. She has great aspirations of curing all disease and one day winning the Nobel Prize, but also gets great pleasure from wearing a pretty dress and making her own clothes. She wants to be the next Brian Cox, and is super passionate about getting young women interested in science. She blogs about fashion alongside science in an attempt to dismantle stereotypes about both on her blog The Pineneedle Collective.

112 COMMENTS

  1. Hey, I don’t know if you’ll read this, but I’d like to say you’re an absolute inspiration. You’re breaking so many stereotypes, and it’s wonderful. I like to say that I’m a smart girl who loves maths and science, yet I care about fashion and such, and you are exactly the same, it seems. By the way, Brian Cox is amazing. xxx

    1. Annika Victoria

      Yes, I read this and it pretty much made me burst into tears. You are the best 🙂

  2. Wow, it’s so pretty. I’ve never made any clothes before but I think I might actually try this, thanks! 🙂

  3. I thought you’d like to know I made two skirts in one afternoon. Sewing is my hobby and this was just so easy to follow and do myself! As soon as I wore mine out I have an overflow of comments and ohhhing and ahhhing when they were told I made it. I am currently making another for a friend, she is the first of many who want one!
    So just a little thanks for putting up a step-by-step 🙂

    1. Annika Victoria

      Heck yeah! That makes me so happy!! Thanks for letting me know 🙂 I’m so glad that the instructions were easy to follow! You can link me a photo if you ever feel like it 😉

  4. I was wondering what I would do to make a long circle skirt that comes to my ankle?

    1. Annika Victoria

      All you’d need to do is to use a very large piece of fabric, and a lot of patience because the amount of fabric you will need to hem (i.e. the circumference of your skirt) is going to be HUGE! (Maybe you could sew two pieces together first, if your original fabric isn’t wide enough).

      First measure from your waist to your ankle. Let’s say that this is 100 cm (I’m just making up a measurement).

      This is the “large” radius for your circle skirt (see where mine was 55 cm in the photos above? Simply replace this with your 100 cm measurement).

      Then cut your fabric out with this 100cm radius! (and of course, this means your original fabric is going to need to be at least 2 metres x 2 metres! Which is why I suggested sewing two pieces together first.)

      And, just doing some simple maths, with a radius of 100 cm you’re going to have to hem 6.28 metres of fabric (this will end up being the circumference of your circle skirt). So, good luck! 😀

  5. Hi! I’d love to make this but I had a question. It looks like you sew the top of the waist band to the top of the skirt, but you don’t mention sewing the bottom of the waistband on. I’m assuming you just sew it on in a similar way? I’ve never made a skirt before and wasn’t sure if I was just confused and couldn’t find that instruction or if it’s just the same. Thanks!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Hi Soph!
      So you only need to sew the waistband on at one place! It *looks* like you’re sewing the top of the waistband to the top of the skirt, but what you’re actually doing is sewing the bottom of the waistband on.
      This is because you’re sewing the waistband onto the skirt “right sides together”, and when you’ve made the stitches and taken out the pins, and turn it the right way, you’ll find that it’s actually the bottom of the waistband that is sewn onto the skirt.

      It can be tricky getting your head around this until you actually do it for yourself!

    2. Would 2 meters of fabric be enough for a skirt ending slightly above the knees?

    3. Annika Victoria

      My guess is that you’ll need to start with a square piece of fabric about 125cm x 125cm (unless you have absurdly long thighs) 🙂

  6. I seriously cannot wait to try this, im picking up my first ever sewing machine today. It will be the 1st thing I do! Thanks so much for such a great tutorial!

    1. Annika Victoria

      I am SO excited for you. Good luck! And don’t worry if you don’t get it perfect the first time around – it takes a bit of practice to perfect, but you’ll get there in no time! I recommend buying some super cheap fabric from op-shops for doing your first few skirts with 😉

  7. I love how you incorporate maths into this tutorial 🙂
    You’re so inspiring!!

  8. I just started sewing and wanted to sew a velvet skirt but couldn’t find anything so simple and self explanatory! Great Job!:)

  9. I made the inside circle to big and it won’t stay on my waist. Will it become tighter if I pinch the fabric together when sewing the waistline on?

  10. Hey, I would just like to say that your doing a great job with this website and I love how you reply to your comments! I accidentally cut the skirts first radius or wait to big! Should I just pinch fabric together when sewing on the waistband? Thanks!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Yep, so, I actually accidentally do this all the time 😉

      You can indeed pinch the fabric together when you sew on the waistband (kind of like making a “pleat” if you get what I mean?). Make a couple of these little pleats evenly spaced all around the inner circle – because the skirt style is so full and drapey anyway, you won’t even notice these little pleats once it is done!

      Another thing that you can do (which is basically the same as above, but a little “neater”) is to flip the skirt inside-out. On the right and left edges of the skirt, sew a straight line. I made a picture of this because explaining it in words is terrible: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/826/sm4e.jpg
      Just sew these lines far in enough so that it fits you. Start on the outside and work your way in, trying it on each time, until it fits you! Then, cut off the excess fabric.

      Glad that i can help! 🙂

  11. Thank you so much. I have been working on 12 peachskin double circle skirts for my adult daughter’s dance company and the waistband had me stymied. I think I can do it now. (I found your tutorial at work! Shhhh!)

  12. Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I’ve been looking to buy a new skirt that is very flowy but not too short or too long, now I can make my own! But I was however wondering what fabrics you recommend that won’t fray or unravel

  13. Thanks so much, I’ve never really sewn a whole lot so I didn’t really want to sew the hem but I definitely think I’ll try it!!!!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Just go slowly, keep repositioning, and remember than irons are your best friend – It’ll totally flatten the hem and get rid of all the wrinkles! 🙂 Good luck!

  14. I’m new at sewing and trying to learn to make my own skirts. I’ve searched high and low for tutorials that are easy for a beginner to understand. Yours is the best. Thank you! I hope to style some super-cute midi skirts real soon! Keep up the great work. You have a gift!

  15. I absolutely love this tutorial and you as a person! I’m 27, with B.S. in Biology, working as a environmental regulatory inspector. Yet I have a passion for fashion with a budget. I will be following this tutorial as I make my African Print circle skirt. I’ll keep you posted!

  16. I really wanted to make my own skirt because I only had one other. But, of course that one had to be washed sometimes. Anyhow, I had to make a few adjustments because it didn’t quite fit my shape and I made a few mistakes when cutting. but I love it and people always comment on it.

  17. I have been looking for a circle skirt pattern forever and this one is perfect!! Thank you sooo much!

  18. I love you. I studied french, and I just found a passion for sewing. I love this and would try it this weekend.u

  19. Just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial. I am new to sewing and the idea of buying a pattern was a bit scary.
    I had to make a few adjustments, my material wasn’t wide enough to make a skirt long enough after cutting out my rather generous waist, so had to cut out to half circles rather than one whole, but it made the most beautiful skirt. Thank you!

  20. Thanks so much! I’m a super beginner at sewing but I hate practicing on things I don’t care about. This is simple AND so cute!!

  21. Hello,

    I’m really looking forward to trying this next week.

    I just have one question: In the tutorial you say to make a slit in the skirt that is the same length as the zipper. But when you sew the waistband on and lift it up (so that the stitching is at the bottom of the waistband (and top of the smaller circle of the skirt), are we not increasing the length needed for the zipper, as it now needs to go an extra 7.5cm (in this instance)? So should we add that to the length of the zipper when we’re selecting one to buy (or adjust the slit length)?

    Thanks for your help.

    Alexis.

    1. Annika Victoria

      You’re right, this is a problem with my tutorial! You need to make the slit a bit shorter than the length of your zipper, because you have to account for the waistband! Thanks for noticing that 🙂

  22. Hi I’m making a circle skirt for my gcse textiles and I am slightly confused about how you do the waistband by sewing along the bottom. Can you explain it to me
    Many thanks
    Frankie

  23. Hi. I made the skirt, but it turned out to be a little to big aruond the waist. I was wondering if there is a way to make it smaller without visible seams?
    Astrid

    1. Annika Victoria

      No, I’m not sure how to do it without visible seams, I’m sorry! But the seams aren’t that noticeable because of the drape of the fabric – and it’ll save your skirt after all your hard work!

  24. RosieLee

    This is a great tutorial which looks very easy to follow aswell. I’m upcycling a brown and white checked tablecloth which is circular for my daughter who just wants to spin round and round! I was going to attempt the skirt without a pattern or much sewing experience but wasn’t sure about the waist so I searched for a good tutorial and found yours! I wanted to suggest elastic for Astrid, would it be possible to insert a little strip of outstretched elastic on the inside of the waistband to gather it a little? I think I’m going to make mine with an elasticated waist for maximum spinning time as my daughter is growing so quickly! Thanks again Annika Victoria.

    1. Annika Victoria

      Yes, you can definitely insert elastic to gather it a little! I’ve done that for different items of clothing before, like tops, but it’ll work for a waistband as well. Just make sure to make the waistband a *little bit* too big (maybe a couple of cm) if you’re then adding elastic 🙂 x

  25. Hey! I’m making a skirt for the first time and i’m using your guide 🙂 One question – I’m about to add the zipper. I made the slit the legit of the zipper, but now the zipper isn’t long enough anymore, since I added the waistline fabric… What did i do wrong and can i fix it? Thanks!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Sorry, I think I didn’t mention to make the slit a little bit *shorter* in my tutorial 🙁 oops..
      But you can sew it up pretty easily, just turn it inside out, place the fabric around the slit right-sides together and sew close to the raw edge. This will create a nice little seam just below where you’ll insert your zipper.

  26. Michele Sandecki

    Ur tutorial is honestly the best and it’s the most simple to understand and it’s clear that you put ur heart and soul into what u do. Thanks to u making these skirts for my 3 daughters just made me realize that I can do it with breathing n teach my 3 girls to sew aslo. I’m hoping u can tell me if u have more instructions and or tutorials on more pieces. Again thanks for the inspiration u are and the courage ur giving me to know We can do this

  27. I’ve got a romp, so can I change the length a little as long as the fabric is till a square?

    1. Annika Victoria

      A romp? I don’t know what that means, I’m sorry. :3 (does that mean question? haha)
      You can change the length from what I’ve written, yes, as long as it is still a square! (So like you can have a 120cm x 120cm square)

  28. Eustacia

    Thanks for the tutorial, I can’t wait to try it out!

    I have a question, you mentioned folding the raw edge a few cm for the zipper. Does this mean I have to add in a seam allowance(I.e. Increasing the radius) when cutting the inner circle for the skirt?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Oooh, I actually haven’t thought about this. Good question 🙂
      The amount you fold the raw edge by is pretty negligible, so it’s never mattered to me, but if you want to add about 0.1 cm to the radius to be sure, that’ll probably work out fine (once it becomes circumference that 0.1cm will be fairly larger as a circle) 🙂

      Sorry, my way of sewing is that I’m not 100% strict about measurements, because there’s so many workarounds to make it fit that a couple of cm’s here or there usually doesn’t matter, haha! (Plus it’s easier not to bombard people with 100 different measurements when they’re first learning to sew) x

  29. Hi thank you for sharing. This is so cute I want to make a long elegant version of this skirt to wear on stage. However, I was wondering if you also know how I could make a petticoat to wear under the skirt to make the skirt puff out more. Any suggestions would be great. Many thanks.

    1. Annika Victoria

      Ugh, I wish I knew how to do that! But I don’t unfortunately. I have once tried to make my own petticoat and it failed, massively. Good luck, though, I hope you find something!

  30. Your truly an inspiration.. I followed all your steps and i have made my own circle skirt thanks alot.

  31. So I just got done with my skirt and I have must say that you can only make your circle as big as the width of your skirt. (because it has to be derived for a square) So I think I might try this again but with a longer waistband so it can be high waisted.

  32. I’m new to sewing. In fact, this was my first project that I expected to be succesfull. and–it was!!!!!!!! The info about the hem was super helpful, and the measurements were VERY easy to follow! I had searched numerous other sites and they all had confusing calculations! Also, YOUR HAIR IS GORGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  33. Just wanted to say thanks! This really helped! I was so stuck on the measurements and such. now I am almost done with a skirt I am making my niece for her birthday! (It is an anna dress from the movie frozen) Thanks again!!

  34. okay, I’m gonna try to use this to make a gypsy sort of skirt. Wish me luck!

  35. where did you get your fabric? all the stores that i go to dont really have like cut skirt fabrics \:

    1. Annika Victoria

      Marrickville in Sydney. There’s HEAPS of cute fabric shops!

  36. Greetings.
    Thank you for making an easy-to-follow DIY
    I have one question about the closing of the waistband tho – I’m guessing I need a button but my question is … if the waistband is only JUST the same size as your waist – how and where do you placed the button and buttonhole ?
    Maybe I’m mistaken by the little buttons on your pictures – maybe its just the zipper closing it but I would appreciate a reply when you have the time 🙂
    Kind regards
    Mie from Denmark

    1. Annika Victoria

      I don’t use buttons 🙂 The “buttons” on my pictures are actually pins – and the button is the pinhead – sorry about my confusing pins! Anyway, you don’t need to use buttons so yeah 🙂 don’t worry about them! Only needs a zipper 🙂

  37. Thank you so much for this! I’ve been struggling to make circle dresses for costumes, and now that I’ve finally given a try, it’s taken me about half an hour to finish a skirt! The other tutorials I read were a little confusing and got too much into the maths, but this is just perfect! I really appreciate this so thank you! 🙂

    I’m also the same as you, and people don’t believe me when I’ve told them I’ve made the clothes myself! I want to get to the stage where I’m confident enough to make things for other people too!

  38. Hi Annika Victoria. I have a quick question for you – I’ve got to the bit where I insert the zip but I am a bit confused as to what to do, you say to fold under the raw edges a few centimetres, but if I do that I get a big sort of fold in the material where the zip meets the rest of the skirt at the bottom. I’ve now pinned it folding under maybe 0.5-1cm but the bottom tip of the zip still isn’t neat with the skirt/has a pucker. Any advice?

  39. I have to say, WOW!!! I have been searching how to make my own cute skirts for a long time, I finally found the best place with great instructions!!!!!!!!!! SO HAPPY!!!!

  40. This is the best circle skirt tutorial I have seen!
    Thanks so much 🙂

  41. i am making a dress and i have to use the measurements of the bottom of the top part (the tanktop). which is 125 cm. the skirt is supposed to fin right onto that…but i can’t seem to figure out what number i’m supposed to use… because when i do 125:2xpi i get 196.3…..which is not the right answer… anyone out there who can help me??

    1. shrilakshmi

      hello merel, if your waist measurement is 125cm, then you should divide it by 2*3.14 so at the end you will get 19.90. you divided 125 by 2 then you multiplied by 3.14.. this is the wrong method and you got 196.25. first multiply 2*3.14 that is 6.28. so 125 divided by 6.28 will be 19.90.. I hope you got the answer now.. good luck..:)

  42. mary shaw

    thanks alot /Ive been trying for ages but cudnt get it right I ended up with half a circle ,wasnt folding material like I should have , thanks again xmaryshaw194

  43. Love this tutorial and I will be making one I’m not a complete beginner to sewing (I’ve done a paper pattern) but this looks really lovely and simple to make! Cant wait to get started I really want to get into making as much of my own clothes as possible! x

  44. pasiphae1234

    Thank you so much for this….I’m going to try to make my daughter some skirts now xxxx

  45. I have a question, why make a slit in the inner circle the same length as the zipper when youll have around 7cm more of waist band that the zipper needs to cover? Or am I thinking about this wrong lol! Great tutorial though !!!

    1. Annika Victoria

      Nah, you have it right – I am just silly! Make the slit in the skirt shorter than your zipper (you do need to account for the waistband!)

  46. Hi Annika! I was just wondering if you could tell me if i could use buttons instead of zippers. I have a lot of buttons but I only have 2 18” zippers. What are your recommendations?

    1. Annika Victoria

      Of course you could use buttons, but it would be too hard to explain how to use them in words! I’ve never used buttons on a skirt before either… but good luck & let me know if it works!

  47. I also would like you to maybe add a bookmard design of mine and its very simple and cute! I would love to have it oublished by you!!! You are such and inspiration to me!!! 🙂

  48. Hi Annika! I had a wonderful time! I made one of these but i haven’t added my zipper because its a little too big. I was also wondering if you could maybe tell me how i could shorten it. Thank you sooo much!!!

  49. So i made my skirt and it looks great. But i made it way to big on accident. So then i decided to sew on buttons that match the fabric and those would make it possible to tighten it and loosen it to my liking. I didn’t add my zipper because my zippers are 18” and that’s way to long for my skirt. So that’s another reason why i added my buttons on. I would love to hear your advice!!! ;D

    1. Annika Victoria

      You could always cut your zippers shorter, to the length you would like, and sew over the top of them where you would like to make a new “end” for them 🙂

    2. Thank you so much for your advice! i needed that! I looked up a video and i shortened my zipper so now it will fit. i would love to send you a picture i just don’t know. if you could send me your name in email, i will be more than happy to respond! that way we can keep in touch about our creations!

  50. Hi, I went through a lot of sites to understand how I could make this skirt. You are the best teacher.

    Thank you.
    Sindi
    South Africa.

  51. Wanda Rogers

    I just have to say your amazing. You taught this 60 year old lady lol to make a circle skirt with very simplified instruction. I want to thank you for your tutorial and very nice letter. I how ever will make my skirt full length as to my personal preference but all in all You are a very kind and helpful person. I have been looking over your other tutorials and my next project after the skirt will be tops. Then i would like to make some dresses if I find tutorials on that. God Bless you as you certainly have Blessed others by sharing your Beautiful talent.

  52. Hi.
    First of all I want to say, this looks awesome, and I am definitely trying this out! (I have recently fallen in love with wearing leggins underneath skirts, since I am but self-conscious about my legs..).
    I was just wondering, is there any substitute I could use for a zipper? Like something I could make? Sort of a stupid question, I know. I just really want to make one right now, but don’t have any transportation to go buy zippers.

  53. First of all I love everything you stand for, I’m a nerdy girl who loves science and I used to not have very much fashion sense; however, lately I’ve been obsessed with fashion and recently decided to begin making my own clothes…wish me luck I’ve never sewn a day in my life. 🙂 But I am ready to learn and your tutorials are going to help out so much! I love your style and this may be a weird question but in the picture were you’re wearing the circle skirt I noticed the hamburger necklace and I am in love with it! I was wondering if that was another one of your amazing DIY’s or if not where you got it because I must buy one!

  54. Hi, thank you so much for this tutorial! However, I have one enquiry. When you’ve sewn the top of the waistband to the raw edge of the inner circle, do you flip up the waistband…? Im not sure if I don’t know this because I have no common sense or because i have very little sewing experience, but won’t that add length to the slit where you’re going to sew the zipper? Sorry, it’s the only part of the entire tutorial which confuses me really badly.

    1. Annika Victoria

      Yes, you flip it up after sewing! and you’re also right – this will add length to the slit you’ve already made. I think that I just made a bit of a mistake in writing the tutorial 😐 Making the slit the right length *after* you’ve added the waistband is the best way to go 🙂

  55. Hello!!! I love your tutorial on the skater dress; very detail. I do have a question, as you to are a self taught learner of sewing so you will understand me. 🙂 I’m have a hard time understanding fabrics. For your tutorial of the dress you recommend polyester instead of cotton. My question is, what kind of polyester or does it matter? Please HELP!!!! I’m lost…

    1. Annika Victoria

      I don’t know… I don’t know that much about fabrics. I don’t think it matters… give the fabric a feel!

  56. Hello! This is kind of a silly question
    I was wondering how many yards does 1.10mx1.10m translate into? my fabric store only works in yards and I would love to be able to make this skirt.

  57. this tutorial is great and seems to work well, and I followed it to the letter but ended up with TWO circle skirts cut from a single piepe of fabric. now im just really confused because I seem to be the only one whos had this problem. I did fold my fabric three times because I followed the visual part of the tutorial.

  58. this tutorial was great! thank you so much for making it, it was super easy to understand and I made a skirt in only a few hours!

  59. I was wondering when you’re measuring out the slit for the zipper in the actual skirt part. You can’t really make it that long, because you need to leave some extra zipper for the waistband, so that you can zip up the waistband too. So I was wondering how you made that work?

    1. Annika Victoria

      You’re right 🙂 I addressed this in the above comments, but in case you didn’t see it, make sure that you make the slit taking *into* account the waistband width, too.

  60. I loved this tutorial so much. I used it last summer to make a Marvel themed skirt to wear to Comicon and the amount of compliments I got was insane. The tutorial was so easy to follow, and I had no problems at all. In fact it was so easy I’m having my little sister’s for a sewing party so we can all make one! Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂

    1. Annika Victoria

      This comment makes me all kinds of happy 😀 I’m so glad that I could help you out! Love <3

  61. nekomuffin

    Oh my gosh I’m so glad I found this, it’s absolutely perfect for the Nora Valkyrie cosplay I want to do (and I might just make some skirts to wear with this besides). I was starting to worry that I’d have to buy it. Thank you so much for posting this!

  62. Joanne Nambuye

    woooow! am speechlesss,av been in love with circular skirt and never had enough of them.i cant wait making dozens for myself just for freeeeeeee!since my tailor i dan expensive……anyway does the sane apply to askirt with many gathers on the waist?

  63. hey thanks the measurements were the same which was great because my calculator doesn’t work right. it said i was 104. so thx a lot.

  64. Stephanie

    I love this!! I’m going to get fabric to make a skirt! Also, would this work if I used inches instead of centimeters?

  65. I’m so glad you’re breaking the stereotypes around girls interested in fashion and science. I have A-Levels in both Physics and Textiles which I love equally but chose to do Physics at uni. All the time I was told by my teachers it was stupid to do both and I had to abandon one to focus on the other. I’m amazed there’s other people out there like me! This has made me so happy 🙂 great skirt too!

  66. I really love your blog and your style. I appreciate the work you put into the tutorials and your promotion of science and fashion. I’m a big fan of both 🙂

  67. I have never seen this skirt addressed so simply. However I want mine longer (not as young, cute or thin as you) so I will be making my initial fabric square larger but still excited to try! Thanks!!

  68. Hi Annika!
    I would first like to say that I absolutely love your blog! I just finished this skirt for myself and it turned out great. I would like to make one for my sister for Christmas and I was thinking about adding lining. I was wondering how you would recommend going about it for this particular project. Thanks so much!

  69. I used this tutorial this weekend and the crop top tutorial and both turned out swimmingly! I am going to try your dress one next!

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