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Tutorial: Circle Skirts by taeliac Tutorial: Circle Skirts by taeliac
Well, I have this huge list of tutorials I want to make, and this was the first one a whim took me to strike off my list.

Yes, it is wordy.

Yes, it requires you to do math.

Fair warning. (sorry, I be angsty about some people sometimes)

This is for making a skirt out of a full circle (or just about). These skirts are wonderful - they're very easy to do once you're used to them, and they're fast and very fun to wear. If you do it where you make it longer, they're so much fun to twirl around in.

Within this tutorial is how to sew it together, how to figure out the inner circle (this was my bit o' math voodoo in school), the length, and most importantly, yardage estimates.

I hope I covered just about everything you could need to know - I'll hopefully have a supplement to this in a few days about how to take this, and use it to create pleated skirts for those of us who can't wear traditional one's - our hips are too large! Circles make a wonderful way of doing that, combining the fullness you usually want in a skirt with the pleated look that most uniforms require.

:pointr: Here is a quick visual explanation on how to combine more than one circle for an even fuller skirt! :pointl:

Other useful tutorials that work well with this:
:star: Putting in a centered zipper - this is referenced in the tutorial, so you may want to check it out, too
:star: Putting on bias tape - this is another way that you can make the waistband (it will only be the size of the bias, though, so double check what you're doing) or, this makes a very attractive hem finish that I forgot to mention before ^^;

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All images at the bottom are my own. Please do not redistribute, edit, or re-word my tutorials for any other purposes without my express written permission.

(c) 2008 `taeliac / Taeliac Studio / Samantha Lemieux -
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Lady-Koisuki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm definitely going to use this for my five nights at Freddy's cosplay. I'm going to be Chica :3

I'll let you know when I finish it!
nayareth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
:happybounce: bonita:) (Smile) 
isavegas Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have the resources to follow the tutorial at the moment, but I'm pretty sure it'll come in handy. Love 
Thank you! ♥♥♥
Toyon95 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Your tutorials are awesome!
ArwynAtreides Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The tutorial is great but I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the waistband bit. I'm sure I'm over or under thinking this! >.< I probably have this all wrong!
Here's how I'm thinking: Let's say:
27" + 4" = 31"
Waist = 31"
x = 31/6.28
x = ~5


Waistband = 5 + 2
waistband = 7"
but 7 inches is way too small. I'm going to keep rereading this. Thanks for posting this tutorial!
InuLoverNr1Hitomi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I see that in a lot of those pictures you put them on tops to make it a dress. This is what I want to do. Do you have a tutorial for making a top part and puting it together with the skirt part????~~ ;u; (figured asking would be faster than looking myself. yes i'm lazy)

(And thank you thank you thank you for the tutorial. You're an angel!:heart:)
nekotin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I dont think i did anything wrong but adding the extra inches to the waist made the skirt way to big to fit me properly, (an exact 4 inches too i measured the excess) is this typical?
Happi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Oh boy! Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I'll have to give this a shot!
Thanks for sharing!
KumquatMascara Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Thank you so much for this!! It is impossibly wonderful, helpful, and easy to work with!!! I love it :D
gingerchu Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
This is honestly the best circle skirt tutorial I have seen. I make all my circle skirts based on this very tutorial.
AkikoFumi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is a great Tutorial! I'll GLADLY do maths to make a skirt now! <3
Animemangatotallover Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! Do you mind making this a download? The picture is too small so I cannot read the text X(
Algophobic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I know what I'm going to try soon
CherryBlossomLady Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Photographer
You're a life saver for making this tutorial!! Thank you <33
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! :glomp: I'm just glad to be of help! If you think of any other tutorials you'd like, lemme know and I'll add them to my list for when I get a bit of time :3
Rakoku Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Hello, I have a question that I hope you or anyone that sees this can answer: Would it be possible to pleat an entire circle skirt with box and/or knife pleats or would it look weird?
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry that this is late to reply, but, I know the answer for sure - DO IT! IT LOOKS AWESOME!

Whenever I have to make pleated skirts for cosplay commissions, I usually do just that! It makes the pleats lay way nicer if you have any sort of hips, and it has that dramatic billowing effect when you walk, too.

The only thing is, you're going to kind of have to wing it with how wide to make the inner circle for the skirt, because you're going to be adding the pleats in. The good thing, though, is if you're a little too big or a little too small, it's easy to take it out or hide the extra in the pleats ;P

You're pleats, though, aren't going to be straight rectangles going down - they're going to be more wedge shaped.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I might see if htere's an easy way to do the math for it, and make another tutorial showing how to do this - if it doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll see if I can quick sketch out what I mean by them being wedge shaped pleats instead of rectangles ;P
Rakoku Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Oh, no it's alright if it's a bit late, I understand you're a busy person. :)

That is really good to hear that it works AND looks good too! I'm pretty sure I got what you're saying. I was actually unsure if it should have been wider at the bottom than the top (if that's what you mean by wedge shaped), and thought it was incorrect, though that's the only way that would make sense. Good to know I'm on the right track. :)

Thank you so very much for the help! :D
Vata-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why a circle skirt???

Could someone just use a sloper skirt (front & back) and flare it out (no darts)? That's all it is, a flared out skirt.

I see everyone use circle skirts for these infinity dresses online. Seems liek it would take up less fabric to use a skirt front and back.
haimokochan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This is helpful. :)
taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Thank you!
Sakinurai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I may have done my math wrong, but when I made the half circle template and did a comparison with my waist, the template was a few inches smaller. Is that normal or do I need to take half the measurement of my waist to make the half circle. I'm gonna be using elastic for the waistband if that helps some.
taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Those few inches are probably going to disappear in the seam allowance for the waist band - if it fit perfectly tight, once you add in that seam allowance to put the waistband on, you'd be surprised how much bigger that circle gets :3

When I first started making these, I made the circle the exact same size as the waist and then put on the waistband, only to find that they wound up being really very large and had to be gathered up (I like slim things at the waist).

In the end, however, if you think it's too tight or going to be too small, just trim a little bit off the inner edge of the circle - start with like 1/4" or so and go from there! You're not going to hurt anything by not following it directly ;P
Sakinurai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
MrsVanguard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Elarielle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I used this to make a beautiful full-length infinity dress in an afternoon. Fantastically helpful, clear, and super easy. Thank you! (^_^)
Misskaysha7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
This is really helpful thank
crys over math
ZombieOwl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is super great! Very nicely written and informative! I'm definitely going to try this in the future :)
LadyMea Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful!
DarthMar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Do you know if this works for the bottom part of a jumper dress?

...and if so, do you have any suggestions as to how to attach the top portion to the bottom part?
cicilykittycat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
yeaaa! thas awesome thanks!
LuCyKuRo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
this is wonderful! thank you so much for this tutorial! n_n
taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! :glomp:
xXMrsHalloweenXx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Arigato Gozaimasu!!! You are a huge help!! Now I can make those skirts I have always wanted to make!! >_<
x-UndeadKitty-x Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I am so excited to find a circle skirt tutorial that is so simple and straightforward, thank you!
However, I am running into a bit of a dilemma. I have my 45' fabric, and I wanted my skirt to be 22' long, because I am slightly tall. When I fold my fabric in half, its width is ~22', but this does not accommodate my circle template which is about 4', so towards the centre of the skirt it will have to be 18'.
Not sure if I read this tutorial wrong, or if I will have to do some altering. I am confused!
FreeFlyingAngel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
can you use this to do one like this
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FreeFlyingAngel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
uggghh not like that
like this
without the lines
Bewareofplastic Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could this method be used to make a skirt like this [link] ?
KamiJoy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thanks, youre math helped a lot ^^
Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo.... I can use this to sew my petticoat, right?
taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You most definitely can! If you need to add a tulle ruffle to help give it more poof, I have a tutorial for that, too - just add that to the bottom of a circle skirt!
Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks :'3
The1ipi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D thats so awesome that you made such a detailed tutorial! Thanks so very much!
taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time!! I'm happy to help with sewing bits wherever I can!
SuroninAngel Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome. i like this tutorial. and it really helps with my gothic lolita and other cosplays...thank you
CougChick99 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
My 11 y.o. daughter has been looking for a circle skirt pattern for a few months now. Your tutorial was simple enough for her to understand and finish. Her skirt turned out great. Thank you!
Kyrna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Brilliant! Thank you.
Eredemey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This was a very good tutorial, because I could actually understand the mathematics xD
Thanks for making it ;)
middleR3DD Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is so great! I am totally going to do this, but what type of fabric did you use? Just a jersey knit? Or was it more of a spandex-y blend?
snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   General Artist
thank you so much!
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