Learn to Make a Circle Skirt Pattern

The Design Diary
by The Design Diary
5 Materials
10 Minutes

Circle skirts are timeless! I want to teach you how to draft your own pattern for a circle skirt to help make sewing one a lot easier. In this tutorial, I will be making a pattern for a size 12. This simple and easy pattern is perfect for long time sewers or for beginners!

Tools and materials:

  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Curved ruler
Full circle skirt pattern

Draw an L

To start off, use your ruler to draw a straight line across your paper. You’re then going to want to go ahead and square cross that line, creating an L shape. Mark the corner of the L as point 1. 

Do a little math

Work out the waist radius 

You are then going to have to do a little bit of math and divide your waist measurement by 6.28 cm (2.47 inches) to get the radius. 

Mark from point 1

Measure out the radius 

From point 1, measure down the size of the radius and mark this as 2. To get point 3, measure upwards from 0, marking the radius again. 

Free circle skirt pattern

Draw a quarter circle 

Then draw a quarter circle from point 2 to 3 using a curved ruler. 

Mark the length

Mark the skirt length 

From point 2, measure down your chosen length for the skirt and mark this as point 4. Then measure the same from point 3 and mark this as 5. 

Circle skirt sewing pattern

I like to measure the length of the skirt the whole way across from the quarter circle. This just makes drawing the quarter circle for the hem so much easier. 

Draw the hem

Draw the curved hem 

Using a curved ruler, draw a quarter circle along the hem of the skirt. 

Easy circle skirt pattern

Write the pattern information 

Make sure you write in all of your pattern information so that cutting out the fabric for your skirt will be a lot easier. For the front piece, you will want to cut this pattern on the fold. If you want to have a zipper at the back, you may want to cut out two separate pieces for the back of the skirt. 

DIY circle skirt pattern

Let me know what type of circle skirt you plan on making with this pattern in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
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