Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt


I previously shared this tutorial over at UCreate.

Early in the summer, I went into a little boutique store in our small town. I'm the kind of person that does not spend money in boutiques. I go in looking for ideas. And this time I found the cutest little skirt that I knew I had to try and make myself. I hurried out to the truck and quickly drew a little sketch so I wouldn't forget. It's a good thing too, because I didn't end up having time to make them until the kids went back to school.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

So let's get on with the tutorial.

Here's what you need:
Fabric: The amount of fabric you need will depend on the size of skirt your making, but just to give you an idea, I bought three yards of fabric and made a skirt for both my 4 year old and 6 year old.

Coordinating fabric: I used muslin for the ruffle and waistband. I just used what I had, I'm sure a yard would be plenty.

4 Buttons
Thread
Sewing machine
Basic sewing supplies


The skirt is made using a variation of the circle skirt. So first we need to make a pattern. Begin my measuring your daughter's waist.  Then add 1 inch. Divide that number by pi {3.14}. That will give you the diameter of the circle. Then divide by 2.

For example: My daughter's waists are both 22 1/2".

(22.5 + 1) / 3.14 = 7.48
7.48 / 2 = 3.74"  We'll call this our waist number.

For ease in measuring I just rounded that number up to 3.75 or 3 3/4"

With one point of a protractor in the corner, and the length set to your number draw quarter circle on your paper.


How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now we need to figure out the length of the pattern. Measure how long you want the skirt to be on your daughter. I like it just past the knee. Take the length measurement and subtract 1" and add your waist number. {subracting 1" adjusts for the the ruffle and also the seam allowance}

For example: I wanted one of the skirts to be 13 inches long.

13 - 1 + 3.75 = 15.75"  Using this number make another quarter circle on your paper.

My protractor was not even close to being long enough so I just tied two pencils together with string. It took a bit of adjusting to get it the right length. I just taped together four pieces of paper to make it big enough. Or you could use newspaper or wrapping paper. Cut this out and now you have your pattern.


How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt
Now let's cut out our fabric. You will be cutting on the fold on one side of your pattern. You need to cut out three pieces.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Next sew two pieces together along the straight edge right sides together. Then sew on your third piece along the straight edge. I used a serger, but you can just sew it and then zig zag or use pinking shears to prevent fraying.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

You will end up with one circle. One half of the circle will be overlapped.


How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now, on one end we will be cutting it shorter. This just adds to the cuteness and draws your eye even more to the ruffles. I tried this two different ways, the first time I measured 4 inches from the bottom of the skirt and then placed my pattern on and cut along the bottom edge.  

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle SkirtThe second skirt I did 4 inches from the top of the skirt. If I did it again, I might find the middle and cut from there. 

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt
Here's a quick look at what they look like depending on how you cut it.
The picture on the left is cutting 4" from the bottom. The picture on the right is cutting 4" from the top. You decide how you like it.
How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now, let's start on the ruffle. To determine the length of the ruffle you need to measure the bottom circumference of the skirt. Then multiply by  1.75. This is the length of the ruffle.
For example: the bottom circumference was 69.
69 x 1.75 = 120.75
The width of the ruffle is 3". You will want to cut 3" strips and then sew them together to make it long enough.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt
Iron your ruffle in half lenthwise.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Next baste along the open edge. Basting is using the longest stitch on your machine.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now begin gathering, by pulling on one string. The fabric will begin to bunch up. Keep pulling on the string and sliding the fabric along the string until it is all gathered. This will seem to take forEVER.

Pull from one side about half way. Then pull from the other side for the other half. If you pull one way the entire way then your string will come out and the end of it will come un-stitched. {Speaking from experience}

It will also help if you mark with pins each third of your fabric. Then when you pin it on the skirt in the next step you will be able to do it evenly.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now attach it to your skirt with pins. You want the raw edges of the skirt and the raw edges of the ruffle pinned together.  You will need to adjust your ruffles so they are fairly uniform throughout. Sew in place, then serge, zig zag stitch or use pinking shears to help with fraying. Then press the ruffle down.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now for the waistband. For this, use your daughter's actual waist measurement and add 3 inches. The width of the waistband is  5".

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Fold in half lengthwise and press.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Now sew it to the top of the skirt, keeping raw edges together. If your waistband ends up a bit to long just cut it to length.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt
Now to finish off the sides of the skirt, fold over fabric 1/4 inch and press.
How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Fold over 1/4 inch more and press again.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Stitch in place. Repeat for other side.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

To add the buttons, I started by adding the button holes on the front layer of the waistband. I did the outside buttonholes real close to the side seams and then measured 2 1/2" in and added another set of buttons. Then I placed the skirts on my girls, using pins to keep them on. I marked where to add the buttons. Now just sew the buttons in place.

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Here's the final product. The skirts turned out almost as cute as my girls :)

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt
How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

How to Make a Circle Wrap-Around Ruffle Skirt

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket  photo bloglovin1_zpsad41002a.jpg Photobucket
Linking up at Lady Behind the CurtainTidy Mom,  Or so she says..., Homemade Ginger, 

7 comments :

  1. This is just adorable!! Great tutorial - circle skirt measurements always had me confused, but you made it so clear! Coming over from the Naptime Crafters linky party :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is just adorable!! Great tutorial - circle skirt measurements always had me confused, but you made it so clear! Coming over from the Naptime Crafters linky party :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Adorable skirts and adorable girls!!! love it!

    ReplyDelete
  4. so pretty and your girls look just gorgeous

    ReplyDelete
  5. So pretty, Rachel!! I love the wrap around with the white ruffle. Pinning this...

    ReplyDelete
  6. The skirts are so cute :) Also visiting from the Naptime Crafters :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. OMG absolutely gorgeous! My girls would love these. I have to make them. Pinning for later.

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...