+ knit midi circle skirt with elastic waist tutorial

I was taking in a dress for a customer…and when I met this customer I found out she was an amazing photographer that was in need of projects! And I thought…I’m in need of a photographer! You could say we are meant to be! I told her to be as creative as she wants on this little photo shoot and she made these photos looks awesome.  She is also going to take pictures at the SWAP meet party this weekend! Check Jessicaout! Oh I also forgot to mention that I’m wearing a refashioned top…tutorial here.Don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway too!

Top: refashioned    skirt: self-made    belt: thrifted   bracelets: thrifted   shoes: guess
Supplies:
flowy fabric – knit or polyester
elastic
sewing machine or needle and thread
thread
scissors
flexible measuring tape
pins
marking pen or chalk
Instructions:

1. I buy usually around 3 to 3 and a half yards of 44″ wide fabric, but around 2 yards for the really wide fabric. For this skirt I only had to use a few yards because it was very wide. If you get the less wide fabric, then you will have to fold the fabric over so short ends meet, and you will have to sew up the sides because they won’t be folds in that case. But for this particular fabric knit that I used, I was able to get the fold out of them to make even easy and quicker to make!
2. After you have folded and laid it out, take a long ruler/tape measurer and mark the center (where the dot is)
3. Then after calculating the radius
(your waist size divided by pie or 3.14 divided by 2),
start from the center (dot) mark and cut the radius completely around to make a half circle
***If you want the wait to be gathered looking vs. smooth, then you want to add a few inches to the half circle. That is what I did with this one.
4. Then figure out what length you want the skirt and add it to the radius (for example if your radius is 6″ then add 6 ” to the length of your desired skirt length like 25″ = so you get 31″)
5. Take this length and from the center mark and cut out the half circle
6. cut some elastic
7.  Divide and mark the elastic and the newly cut out waist of the skirt into quarters and pin the matching quarters of the elastic and waist together. satin stitch (close zig zag stitch) the elastic together.
8. Zig zag stitch them together, stretching the elastic as you sew — if you want the elastic to show sew the elastic on top of the fabric OR if you don’t want it to then after you sew the elastic on fold it over until the elastic is hidden. Then sew another zig zag stitch over it.
9. Hem (unless it is out of knit, then you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Comments

  1. love love LOVE the photos!!

  2. where did you bought the fabric?

  3. Easy and looks great. My type of project.

  4. could you BE more fabulous!??? this skirt is amazing and you look awesome.
    xo~Sophie
    sisters4saymoreismore.blogspot.com

  5. I just tried sewing today and I think I’m going to give it up. Is it just me, or is it always this frustrating when you’re a beginner?

    -Steph
    http://chocolatelaced.blogspot.com/

    • Stephanie, don’t give up on sewing. I started sewing in jr high, and all they taught us was how to thread a machine. After that it as follow the directions on our patterns. Basically I learned from trial and error, with patterns with 2 to 4 pieces. In fact, I still sew with or without a pattern with only a few pieces and no zippers, if I can help it. LOL….just get a beginners book of sewing (there are many) and choose one YOU can understand. Maybe, even start with an oven mitt, or place mat….good luck on your journey. There is nothing like making something yourself to wear. Nettie

    • Stephanie, don’t give up on sewing. I started sewing in jr high, and all they taught us was how to thread a machine. After that it as follow the directions on our patterns. Basically I learned from trial and error, with patterns with 2 to 4 pieces. In fact, I still sew with or without a pattern with only a few pieces and no zippers, if I can help it. LOL….just get a beginners book of sewing (there are many) and choose one YOU can understand. Maybe, even start with an oven mitt, or place mat….good luck on your journey. There is nothing like making something yourself to wear. Nettie

  6. Love your tip on folding the elastic down and then sewing it again (to make it hidden). I am obsessed with circle skirts!! I made two yesterday with knit foldover waistbands. I also have four others, with plans for a fifth. . . .

  7. so so cute! I gotta try this:)

  8. beautiful pictures! gonna have to try the skirt. always making stuff for my little one but think i need something for myself :)

  9. Any tips for hemming up the curved edges?

  10. Beginner here! Any tips on how to make it gathered?? xx

  11. For amanda&graham

    1. Set your stitch length to the longest
    2. Stitch right around the edge you want gathered with the edge of the presser foot against the edge of the fabric (leave long tails of thread at the ends)
    3. Do step 2. again but with the edge of the presser foot against the first line of stitching
    4. Grab the two tails of fabric at either end and pull, sliding the fabric evenly back along the fabric to make it even

    Done :) xx

  12. What type of fabric did you use?

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  14. Hello!
    I have an ill-fitted maxi dress but I love the pattern and softness of the material. Can you do a tutorial on how to convert that into a midi full skirt? I’m an uber beginner sewing; I barely know how to work my sewing machine. But I won’t give up! Any tips are appreciated!
    Please and Thank you!

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