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Inspired by the seaside
I bought a lovely navy silk noil. It feels quite like linen, but doesn’t have the unfortunate quality of creasing with even the slightest touch! The skirt is a circle skirt and is made from 12 panels. All the raw edges are finished so that it doesn’t fray, there is an invisible zip and 4 snaps that form the closure on the side.

The top is made from another top that I used as fabric and some bias tape.

The necklace is also made by me (the anchor is fimo clay), the belt is second hand.

The skirt was inspired by a leather skirt I found at Zara, pictured above, I mentally saved it's design and then recreated it in silk rather than leather. The silk has different properties, hence the waistband is flat instead of ruched.

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  • How to make a circle skirt. Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pattern making! This step sounds complicated but it's rather simple.

    Measurements you will need:
    Waist, length of skirt.

    A.Divide the waist measurement by 2π to find the radius.
    B.Add the length to the radius of the waist.
    C. Use the measurement from B and multiply by 2π. This will be the length of your final hem.

    D. Divide both the waist measurement and final hem measurement (C) by 12.

    E. On a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle representing the length of your skirt plus seam allowance.
    Take your waist measurement divided by 12 (D), add seam allowance (for both sides) and centre this value at one end of the line.
    Repeat with the hem measurement divided by 12, at the other end of the central line.

    F.Connect the ends of the two lines at the top and bottom of the line. You should have a Trapezium shaped pattern piece.

  • How to make a circle skirt. Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out the pattern piece 12 times from your fabric of choice.

  • How to make a circle skirt. Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top - Step 3
    Step 3

    Measure out a waistband, the length of your waist (plus seam allowance on both sides). Mine was 7cm high (plus seam allowance) but it can be any height you please.

    Cut out two pieces.

    Sew the pieces together, right sides together along one of the long ends.

  • How to make a circle skirt. Nautical Inspired Navy Circle Skirt And Striped Top - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew all the skirt pieces together, right sides together, except for one seam which will become the zip seam.

  • Step 5

    If you want to finish the raw edges, now is the time to do so.

    Iron a fold, as wide as your seam allowance, along the two long sides that are not yet sewn. Make these folds fold onto the wrong side of the fabric.

    Fold the waistband with the seam inside and pin the skirt piece between the two layers, lining up the edge of the waist band with the unsewn seam of the skirt. Sew together.

    I then top stitched the top of the waistband to help it keep shape.

  • Step 6

    Sew in a zip and the rest of the last seam. I'm no good at explaining this, and there are so many good videos on youtube for putting in an invisible zip.

  • Step 7

    Hem the skirt, use a narrow hem because due to the circle nature of the hem, it will be harder to do a larger hem.

    (Sorry about the lack of photos for the last steps)



Hellen Beck
Hellen Beck · 1 project

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Love the project! Love the photos! Love everything about this!
OhSillyMeXD · 2 projects
would it matter if i sewed it by hand??
OhSillyMeXD · 2 projects
This is so pretty! Happy
groovylittlegirl · 5 projects
I'm just making my pattern, and my final hem is 532.4 cm, nearly 5 and a half meters. My waist measurement is 64 cm, have I gone wrong, or is it really that large?
amanda panda
amanda panda · San Antonio, Texas, US
i don't really get the math cause i was never good at pi and circumference and stuff like that but i love the skirt and i really want to make one!
DiannaDIANNAx · Birmingham, Alabama, US
Thanks for sharing!
This looks awesome! I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to try and make one ^.^ hehe
adi y.
adi y. · Tel Aviv-Yafo, IL · 1 project
U R so A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!
Viv L.
Viv L.
Lovely skirt and gorgeous photos!
ChZarlie Y.
ChZarlie Y.
I love this! I'm trying to make it but I'm a little confused of the math :\
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