Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Layered Circle Skirt || Tutorial


I have been wanting to make Abbey some more tulle skirts, I have made a few in the past like this one, and this one or this one. While I like them I always have one issue, tulle is stiff and crunchy, and it gets all mashed up and messy looking. Then I found swimwear lining mesh.  
It was perfect, it has that light and airy quality to it but it's soft and drapey. So I made a triple layered circle skirt. With plenty of twirl factor without being super full. 

Abbey was pretty thrilled with the twirl factor and without the crunchy factor so it's easy to wear, and would be a perfect swimsuit cover since it's made from swim friendly fabric :)
Perhaps you have made a circle skirt before, they are surprisingly easy and there are a million great tutorials out there, like this one here are the measurements I used for this one for my daughter roughly 4T. I cut the waist line down 3.5" then I cut 3 circles all with the same waist line, one 9" long, one 11" long and one 12" long. (so over all my skirt was 12" long) I followed Dana's tutorial to put the circle skirt together only I layered the circles on top of each other smallest on top. I also skipped finishing any of the edges and hemming the bottom since I used a knit that would't fray, I also used a decorative fold over elastic for the waist. 

 I think it would work great in any knit fabric since there is no need to hem the knit and they make for an incredibly soft skirt.
 I just love the soft layered look to layers and the raw edge look to the knit.
Perfect for our little ballerina. (side note I am ready for spring to come here already…)

13 comments:

  1. That's wonderful! My daughter is going through her twirly phase; I know I'll be making some of these for spring. I hadn't ever though to use swimwear mesh before, that's a great idea.

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    1. It works so perfectly! My next plan is to dye it.

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  2. Gorgeous! I would never have thought about using swim suit lining for a skirt! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-dreamy-layered-circle-skirt/2014/01/21/
    --Anne

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  3. Swimwear lining?! Genius! This is just the project I need to get back into sewing. I'm so ready for spring too!

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    1. I know we have been teased with warmer days and I love it! I am so ready for blooms and flowers and grass!

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  4. oof. that decorative elastic is amazing. where did you find it?

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    1. I found it at an amazing store in the L.A fabric district they had every print you could ever imagine, but I don't recall the name and they didn't have an online store :(

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  5. Love it! Beautiful and looks super soft - you're a genius :)

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  6. my niece loves the circle skirt I made her... I LOVE this version and can't wait to make one for her ;o) Just need to find the perfect fabric!! pinned!! EMily

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    1. Girls love the circle, and I love that it seems to have magic powers that cause them to twirl

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  7. Oh so pretty!
    I need to keep an eye out for the right fabric to make one of these for me!

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