Happy Friday Everyone! Where does the time go??
Today marks the half way mark for the Fabulous Free Pattern Friday series, number 26! When I began this series, my intention was to have 52 posts over the period of one year and to post pieces that are extremely simple and hopefully stylish. Sewing can be quite difficult with all the fitting and detail work (which I do love), but I am hoping to show that it can also be quite simple, easy and fun. I've enjoyed doing this more than you can imagine. I find it challenging and exciting to take a garment and turn it into a series of basic shapes. All of you who stop by every week to see what I've done, thank you, thank you. It's such an honor to have you.
The skirt that I am posting today is really quite simple. We will use two types of circular skirts, the 1/2 circle and the 1/4 circle. The drawings make it look a little intense, but it really isn't.
Before we begin, I need to tell you that I made the skirt to rest on my hips. I cut an 8" wide band that was just a little, about an inch, smaller than where I wanted it to sit. The band was folded in half and the skirt pieces were sewn to the band. I did not put elastic in my band. You can make the skirt to sit at your waist and add a casing for the elastic if you choose. Just do whatever is most comfortable for you.
circular skirt instructions, I explained the different types of circular skirts. Today we will be drafting two, the 1/2 and the 1/4 circular skirt. Neither of these skirts will go all the way around the body. As an example, we'll say that your waist measurement is 32". Divide this measurement by 4. The result will be 8. Multiply 8 x 3 which will equal 24". For the 1/2 circle skirt, subtract 1" from 24", which will be 23" and divide this number by 3. The result will be 7.66666, so for the sake of making it easier let's just say 7.5". As shown in the above drawing, measure down from the apex of the angle 7.5" from one side of the angle to the other. This will form the waistline. The vertical line of the above angle is a fold line and will also be the straight of grain for our skirt.
As for sewing the skirt together, the grainlines also mark where the side of your skirt should be. Just make sure that when you sew the 3 pieces together that the 1/2 circular skirts wrap over the 1/4 circular skirt. Just look at the pictures of my skirt and you will understand.
The final pattern of the 1/4 circular skirt. Good luck if you decide to give it a try and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I will do my best to help.