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« on: July 31, 2006 06:57:47 AM »

Okay, I got the full circle down pat but I'm confused as to how to do a half circle. I'm one of those visual kinda gals. I did a search but really didnt find anything that described to me how to do this.

I know to make a full circle skirt I fold, then fold again and then waist x 2 x pi to get the inside circle. (via the circle skirt with math thread)

My question is, to make a half circle skirt do I just fold the fabric over once instead of twice? Then just cut the circle out of the middle of that? And if I do that, instead of using waist measurement x 2 x pi how would I measure for the inside circle?

I really don't want to mess up this lovely, expensive, 60 inch fabric trying it out. I should add that the fabric has a very slight 4 way stretch.  I'm lost!

Someone help please? Pictures are a huge plus!

Thank you soooo much!
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006 08:57:56 AM »

You can't just fold the fabric to make the half circle. The grain line wouldn't fall properly.

1. To make the half circle skirt, draw two lines, one perpendincular to the other.



2. Since you know the calculation to draw a circle, I'll skip that. To make the half circle, think of your waist's measurement as half of the full circle. Calculate the radius required to draw it (the circle being your waist x2) and using the point where the two lines meet as the centre, draw the half circle. I drew the other half in the dotted line so you can picture what I mean by your waist being half of the circle. Then you can draw the hem line from the centre of the circle, keeping in mind how long you want the skirt to be from your waist.



3. As you can see, I've drawn the grain line right in the middle of each pattern piece. Just cut the pieces out and don't forget to add you seam allowances and to do the waist belt and you're done.



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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006 03:32:53 PM »

Thank you! Perfect instructions that I understand!
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006 04:11:47 PM »

No prob. One thing though, since a half circle skirt obviously has less volume then the full circle skirt, make sure your hips' measurements matches that of the skirt, normally that would be 22 cm below your waist unless your a fashionable gal and you want your skirt be lower waisted. Again, good luck.
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