Make a Flowy & Mesmerizing Circle Skirt From Scratch

Slow Fashion Style
by Slow Fashion Style
11 Materials
2 Hours

Have you ever wondered how to sew a circle skirt but got too scared of the "complicated" measurements? Fear no more! I got you covered with this simple circle skirt tutorial. I'll show you how easy it is to take and make the needed measurements in order to make this gorgeous and simplistic circle skirt! This DIY circle skirt is super easy and looks so chic, too. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 ½ yards of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Grid ruler
  • Thread
  • 2 inch soft waistband elastic
  • Chalk pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Cutting mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Gauge ruler (optional)
DIY circle skirt

Sew a circle skirt

Make the measurements

I'm going to be using the equation as shown above. It's pretty simple to do, so let me walk you through it. First, you need the circumference, and that's the measurement of your waist. So, take a measuring tape and measure your waist accordingly. My waist size is 28. I add another inch for some wiggle room and then divide this number by 6.28. I got 4.61 in radius and rounded it off to 5. Go ahead and do the same. 

How to sew a circle skirt

Now, you need to figure out what length you want your circle skirt to be. I determined mine would be 18 inches. Now add your radius and the length of your skirt, so in my case, it's 5 + 18. I had 23 inches, and this would be the measurement of the second circle of the skirt pattern. 


Keep the seam allowance in mind. Remember that hemming your skirt will take away from the length. So add an extra inch to your final length measurement. 

Easy circle skirt

Make the pattern

Fold your fabric into four so that you have four layers. The pattern and measurements only make up ¼ of the whole skirt; thus, fold your fabric accordingly. Take the tip of your ruler, align it to the corner and make a mark at 5 inches. Now, make a 5-inch mark all around in increments so that you form a semi-circle. 

Make a circle skirt

Once you're done with the marks, draw a nice solid line to form the semi-circle. 

How to make a circle skirt

Now, using a measuring tape, do the same for the second circle that is 24 inches. Now, that's the circle skirt pattern! Easy. 

circle skirt tutorial

After, cut the fabric along both lines. 

circle skirt sewing tutorial

Make the waistband

Now, take your elastic and cut it according to your waist measurement. Mine was 28, and I cut it exactly at 28 inches. 

Sew the waistband's ends together at ⅕ an inch inward. Then open the seams, place the flat on either side and sew the middle at around 0.25 inches. 

Press the seams

Fold the seams of the top circle by about .25 or .5 inches. Then press it flat.


Use a gauge ruler to make sure everything measures equally. 

Then, go ahead and fold and iron the hem of the second circle. 

Attach the waistband

Spread out your skirt so the entire circle is visible. Then attach the elastic all around the circumference, as shown. Pin the elastic in quarters so it's easier to handle and it spreads evenly. 

Now, sew the waistband to the fabric. The waistband is on the outside, and the seam should be on the inside. Be sure to stretch the waistband as you sew. 

Hem the skirt

Now, hem the skirt and make sure you're left with a 0.5-inch seam all around. 

We are done! How beautiful and flowy is this DIY circle skirt? I love the results, and I love that it's beginner-friendly too, given g nay sewing enthusiasts to shine with this project. Thanks for joining me, and good luck making your perfect and easy circle skirt!

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