The circle skirt is probably one of the easiest type of skirt to make. You may not even need a pattern most times to make one. Getting the correct measurements may sometimes get tricky, depending on the method used. I’am going to show you an easy way i found to make the patterns. You can use the method directly on your fabric if you wish. But first, lets look at the various circle skirts we normally have.
Types of circle skirts.
First off, its important to know there are three main types of circle skirts:
- Full circle skirt-Has alot of fullness and body.
- Half circle skirt-Less fullness and body.
- Quarter circle skirt-Has little fullness and body.
Now onto the fun part!
To make your skirt, you need to find the radius of your waistline circumference. Remember how to find the radius of a circle? You will need the circumference, which in this case is your full waist measurement. The circumference of a circle is C=2πr, where ‘r‘ is the radius and ‘π‘ is the constant pi or 3.14. Assuming your waist measurement is 68cm, this is the simple math;
Divide by 6.28 to get 10.8cm.That’s your radius.
To get the radius for the other types of circle skirts, you just divide the 6.28 by 2 for the 1/2 circle to get 3.14. Then divide the 3.14 by 2 to get 1.57.
So, for a full circle skirt– 68cm divide by 6.28cm=10.8cm.
1/2 circle skirt– 68cm divide by 3.14= 21.6cm.
1/4 circle skirt– 68cm divide by 1.57=43.3cm.
This means when cutting your fabric, you need to cut 2 on fold for the full circle(or 4 separate pieces), 1 on fold for the 1/2 circle (or two separate pieces) and just 1 piece without fold for the 1/4 circle.