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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 ^^;

:heart: :star: :heart:

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.
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