Now this is one of the easiest dresses you could ever make. No seriously! Its so easy, you don’t even need to make patterns from paper (unless you want to). As you may or may not know, there are 3 types of circle designs, the full circle, 1/2 circle and 1/4 circle. I have written about them in this tutorial. However, i will be using the half circle design for my maxi circle dress. All you will need for this tutorial is:
- A well fitting t-shirt or vest.
- At least 2m of stretchy fabric
- Stretchy lining(optional)
- Tape measure/ruler
- Tailors chalk(Or whatever chalk you have!)
Starting with the skirt, because it uses most of the fabric.
-Take your fabric and fold selvedge to selvedge, right sides facing each other. For those who don’t know what selvedge means, It’s the side that is self-finished, and has tiny dotted holes.
-If your fabric is of a shorter width, and your skirt may not fit, feel free to fold the other way as long as it’s stretchy as well. You can also fold your fabric on a diagonal grain/bias, if it fits (This gives good drape). Otherwise, just buy fabric with a large width (60)
-Find your radius, i show you how in this tutorial . Let the waist measurement you use for the skirt be similar to your tops waist measurement.
-From the point where the fabric makes a 90 degree angle, draw your radius measurement all round. This is your waist measurement.
-From your waist measurement, measure your length and draw it all round as well as i have shown here.
-Add your seam allowance, 1cm-2cm(Or you can eye-ball it like me), i used 1cm. The stretchy fabric is very forgiving even if you add very little seam allowance because it stretches.
-Cut your circle skirt, and all that’s left is the stitching. I cut one of my sides on fold, thus i only have one seam, but you can have two seams if you wish by not cutting on fold.
-Stitch the seam and hem( i did not hem mine, because the fabric doesn’t fray and i also didn’t want a stitch line).
Now for the top, you can use the left over fabric from cutting the skirt if it will be enough, but otherwise, fold your fabric as we did for the skirt.
-Take your fitting vest/top, place it on the folded part of your fabric. For the sleeve part, you can trace as is for more of a kimono style, or you can fold it back as i did, to have a separate sleeve, or even sleeveless.
-For the front, either make your neckline deeper/higher at the center front, or wider/narrower at the shoulder, as you wish. You can also use the exact design of your top/vest if you like. I made mine just deep and wide enough.
-Now add your seam allowance and cut out.
-Use the front piece to cut the back piece. To do this, place your cut front on another piece of folded fabric, the only thing you will change is your neckline if you wish, to be as desired.
-Cut it out and you have your top pieces. Join them up on the sides and shoulder.
For the sleeve, place your fabric on fold.
-Place the folded part of your sleeve on the folded part of the fabric. Pin the armhole and draw out its shape on your fabric. Draw the side as well, then unpin and remove. Now , you can lengthen your sleeve as you wish, i used a 3/4 length.
-Add your seam allowance and cut out. Use this piece to cut out your other sleeve.
-Now stitch your sleeves sides, then join them to the top.
-After this, take your top and join it to your circle skirt. You will want to place your top inside the skirt and pin it, like i have done here, right sides together. ( I accidentally took a shot of my shadow as well, my bad)
-Finish your neckline/sleeve by using either of this methods:
- Fold back and stitch.
- Bias binding
- Using facing. (I used this)
For the sleeve, you can fold back and stitch as well. Your maxi circle dress is now done.
-If possible, iron seams open after every step and over-lock them.
-You can add lining if your fabric is see through like i did. You just stitch it separately then join it later to the garment.
This was the final outcome. Don’t mind my hair!