Whenever it starts to warm up I get an itch for a change in my wardrobe and especially for a fun Spring skirt. Maybe it’s the warm weather and flowers popping up or the tradition of Easter dresses, but a skirt for Spring is a great way to welcome the new season. My favorite easy skirt to make and wear is an easy circle skirt. They are quick to cut out and sew, and they can be flattering on lots of shapes and sizes. Enjoy this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern! Don’t miss the quick video of the process at the end of the post. There are affiliate links in this post.
I have always loved circle skirts. I think they are flattering and feminine without a lot of work. Something about circle skirts make me want to dance around my kitchen especially when the fabric is soft and fluid. I hope you enjoy this easy circle skirt tutorial!
- sewing tools
- 1-2 yards of 2 inch elastic
- 2-3 yards of Liverpool fabric* (or other easy to sew knit fabric)
- Liverpool fabric* is a polyester fabric with a crepe like look to the front. It’s easy to sew, easy to wear, and it doesn’t pill or fray
- Read up on how to sew knit fabric if you think you’ll need extra help.
- Use the circle skirt template to mark your waist and hem.
- Cut out the skirt.
- Measure the elastic around your waist and pull it tight until it’s comfortable. Account for seam allowances and cut the elastic.
- Zigzag or serge the raw edges of the elastic separately.
- Sew the elastic together with a straight stitch.
- Topstitch a rectangle around to secure the seam allowance and make it lie flat.
- Divide the elastic into four sections and pin.
- Divide the skirt waist into four sections and pin.
- With right sides together match up the four pins on the elastic with the four pins on the waist. Line up the raw edge of the skirt with the edge of the elastic. Pin in between the four pins.
- Sew with a zigzag and 1/4″ seam allowance around the waist and elastic. Finish the edges.
I know some of you like to see a sewing tutorial in action so I made a quick video of the easy circle skirt tutorial. I hope it can clear up any questions you might have!
Cutting a circle skirt like this isn’t perfect, but it makes up for it because it’s so easy. You can from all sides below that my hem isn’t perfectly horizontal. Luckily, Liverpool doesn’t stretch on the bias to make your hem uneven, but the curves of your body does make it slightly uneven. If this bothers you, you can have someone mark the same distance from the floor while you wear it. Then cut it on the new line. This will make your hem perfectly straight. I like easy so I’m happy with how it looks.
get the free circle skirt Pattern
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!