This skirt is made with scrap fabric, made into an 8 panel circle skirt. It twirls ao nicely.
I found a great website to measure and make a pattern for a circle skirt. Once you check it out and have a 1/4 pattern to the shortest length you would ever wear then come one back now, ya hear :-)
Ok Thank you for coming back to start with. This is my first tutorial so please bare with me and comment on anything good or bad I did, learn something new everyday of your life :-)
I told you to make your pattern for the shortest length you would ever wear because you can now add more recycled paper and make different, add on, lengths to your skirt.
I made sure that I made the pieces overlap, then marked exactly wear the overlap should be. Use painters tape, it comes off easily. The white paper, on the right, is my main pattern, then the left side is the added on piece.
Now for the real fun. Decide on how many pieces of fabric your new skirt should be and what length you want. The pattern can be used for a 1 to 16 piece to any length you desire. I found I can only fold the pattern enough times to accurately get 16, individual pieces cut.
To do this just cut 1 to 4 pieces from your original piece or fold your pattern in half and cut 8 pieces of fabric out etc.
If your fabrics are different weighs you will end up with more of a bohemian style.
Once all your pieces are cut out, sew then all together on the long edges. I do not worry if they do not line up exactly on the bottoms, that can be evened out during your hem or you can do a little fray on the bottom. I like to do a zigzag stitch along the bottom and letting the different fabrics fray, for that sassy style :-)
Now for the band. I have tried a few different ways and have decided I prefer 2 styles. The first one can be made with any old recycled t-shirt. I cut the bottom of the t-shirt off, I like about a 3-4" band, so I cut the bottom 7-9" off. I fold the piece in half and sew to the top of my skirt. Since the t-shirt does not fray it is very easy to do and less fabric bulk around our waist, if you are like me that is a good thing. I cut 2 small slits in the front of my skirt, in only one layer of my t-shirt band. I cut another inch off the bottom of my t-shirt, cut the round piece to mane one long piece. Now stretch that piece and it will double in length. Fish your new string thru your skirt, drawstring style and you are done. I like the t-shirt because it is soft and forms nicely around a ladies curves. Also with the t-shirt on the top it doesn't matter if you gain or lose a few pounds, t-shirt stretches and you have a drawstring now to adjust it smaller :-)This style is also nice because you can wear it at any waist height, I like mine at the hips.
I cut this one open more of a belt style.
For this skirt I shirred the top. I made the top about 4" of cotton flannel sheet double thickness. It worked amazingly well, especially since this skirt is floor length. I found with this pattern I can make floor length skirts for even me. Being 5'11" this is very hard to do.
I have also attached lace to the botton for the "feeling girlie times"
Thank you for reading and I hope you like it :-)
Well that is it. As I said before please leave me feed back, good or bad. All of my skirts are made with recycled fabric. Make a 16 panel skirt with your favorite t-shirts or your husbands old shirts. I have used curtain panels, t-shirts, cotton flannel sheets, old cotton blankets, scrap fabrics that are just enough to make one panel, etc etc. The sky is the limit, as long as you look at the fabric itself and not care about what it WAS for but what it CAN become.
Here is a collage of 6 completely different skirts all made with the same pattern.