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Sew a Festive Circle Skirt

This pattern-free circle skirt is easy to make and fabulous to wear.

Jan 26, 2011
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What could be more fun than a twirly skirt in crisp taffeta or a floaty cotton voile? A circle skirt is easy to create and fabulous to wear year-round. Perhaps best of all, you don’t need to buy a pattern to make this skirt. It is just a full circle with a hole in the middle. All you need are your waist measurement and a basic formula.

Because the sewing is fast, this is the perfect project to quickly get you ready for a party. Once you’ve made one, why not try a tea-length variation in polka dot flocked tulle with a girly bow? You can even get adventurous and make other styles and lengths. There are countless possibilities with this project from Quick Stuff to Sew, Winter 2011.

Step-by-step instructions for creating this fun-to-wear sweeping silhouette are free in a PDF format. Simply click on the View PDF link below.

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  1. CarolFresia June 19th

    The skirt is, in fact, a true circle skirt with no pleats sewn in at the waistline. Because a circle skirt expands rapidly in circumference from the waist toward the hem, it tends to fall in deep folds. In the taffeta used for the red version shown, those folds look quite crisp and pleat-like. And since the skirt is cut with the center front on the straight grain, the folds form in a fairly symmetrical way, so they look like pleats.

  2. ijz June 19th

    I agree with KiwiTan.
    There are broad pleats at the waist.

  3. normasews June 15th

    KiwiTan,
    That is not actually a pleated skirt. It is a circle skirt. It may appear pleated, but it isn't. As the circle gets larger towards the hem, the fullness tends to look like pleats, especially in a drapey fabric.

  4. User avater KiwiTan June 14th

    Why did you use a picture of a pleated skirt in this article?

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