Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jersey Circle Skirt.

Jersey Circle Skirts are fast and easy.
You will love coming up with different combinations!
In this tutorial, I am making a double layer skirt with stripes.
I generally get my jersey from Fabric.com, great selection/price!

You will need 1-2 yards of striped jersey
1-2 yards of solid jerse
1/2-2 inch soft elastic
sewing machine, thread, pins
rotary cutter/scissors
ruler
cutting mat
     
Start by folding your fabric in half length wise & then in half width wise.   
Place the FOLDED edges along your straight lines for cutting.
A straight ruler and chalk/pen will make cutting the circle easy.
Keep your ruler's corner lined up and adjust it to different angles.
(See picture above.)  
You'll be playing "connect the dots" while cutting to get your curve. 

Now, you need to cut your WAIST circle first.
This requires a little math.

Waist Cut: 
Measured waist divided by Pi (3.14)
Take that number and divide by 2.
Round up to the nearest ¼ inch.

So if my waist was 19 inches:  
 19" ÷ 3.14=6.05"
6.05" ÷ 2 = 3.02"
So I will cut 3.25 inches from the corner. 

Make sense?
Ok, so now you will measure from the cut you made to where you want your hem to fall.
Measure from your subject's waist to hem line (I do mine at the knee.) and mark and cut your outer circle.
You should now have this:
   To make this skirt a little more "bouncy" I like to do two layers.
Cut your waist the same but add 1/2-1" to the hem.
The beautiful thing about jersey: no hemming! 

So now that you have your two circles you'll want to lay one on top of the other, flat, lining up inner circles.
 
Cut a piece of soft elastic to the exact measurement of waist.
Sew ends together ¼ inch allowance.
Fold down "flaps" and sew down flat.
This is it on the finished skirt:

Time to attach your elastic band to your skirt.
Flip your band wrong side out, so right side of elastic to right side of fabric.
Start by pinning where you want your seam centered.
(I did mine off on purpose, you'll see at the end.)
 

Then pin directly across from it. 
Now pin in the middle of those sides forming a +.
Then pin in between each of those.
Your fabric circle is wider, so find the center of each section and pin.
You want that bunchy look. It will give a slight gather and bounce.

Sew from pin to pin, firmly holding (in front and behind needle) and gently stretch fabric flat against elastic.
Be sure and put your needle down manually while you remove one pin and stretch the next.
Once finished, flip your waist band and you should have this: 
 And you are done!!!

Now, like I said before, I put mine off center on purpose.
I added a bow to mine to one side and hid the seam with it. 
   
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4 comments:

  1. Love this little skirt tut!!! I have an awesome machine....but don't know how to use it!
    coming on over from the link up to check out your site....LIKE it!!
    Kelly

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  2. I love this skirt: so simple but really nice effect ;)
    I think all your blog is very inspiring and I started following you today with GFC. I'd be really happy if you would like to visit my brand new sewing/serging blog and, if you like what you see, follow me back
    Thanks a lot,
    MamaNene from

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  3. Thanks for a great tutorial. I just started sewing with knits, and I'd love to make one of these for my daughter.
    One question: where did you get the colored elastic?
    Thanks so much!
    Jen :)

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  4. That is very kind of you to add a link to So Sew Easy - I very much appreciate the link and hope the feature on my site has been bringing you some traffic. Love your site - and this skirt is perfect.

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