Circle skirts are also one of the easiest skirts to make. Use this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern to make your own custom circle skirt!
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.
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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!
Here’s a giant list of free skirt patterns so that you can make something you’ll love!
easy circle skirt tutorial + free pattern
- 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.