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« on: September 24, 2008 07:22:19 PM »

i want to make a wonder woman costume for halloween. i am thinking a circle skirt might be best? aout mid thigh? anyway, i have no idea how much fabric that would require. like the yardage i need to buy. i have never made a circle skirt before. any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008 05:02:48 AM »

Circle skirt tutorials:

http://www.gothfashion.info/circlepixie.php

http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008 06:33:15 AM »

i know how to make a circle skirt. that was not my question. i prefer the whatthecraft method and am having a hard time wrapping my head around how to figure how much fabric to buy based on this method and my measurements. thanks anyway.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008 09:17:51 AM »

Okay, the first thing you need is pi.  3.14 is good enough, really.  Take your waist (or hip, or whatever you want the inside of your skirt to be) and find the diameter of that measurement, treating it like the circumference of a circle.  Divide your measurement by pi, and you've got it.  Now, take that, and add the length of your skirt, twice (plus hem allowance).  This is the width of your skirt, if it were layed flat (one half of the skirt, then the diameter of your waist, then the other half of the skirt).  If this length is equal to or less than the width of your fabric, congratulations!  You can cut a single circle, with no seams.  In this instance, you'd want your fabric to be the length of this measurement, plus a little for extra/just in case (this is not including your waistband...that'll depend upon the stretchiness of your fabric choice).  If your waist diameter plus skirt length(x2) is bigger than the width of your fabric, you'll want to get a piece that's twice that length.  You'll cut out two half circles, and have two side seams.  (Just make sure that the width of your fabric is at least half the measurement of your waist plus (length*2)).

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008 06:32:58 PM »

mmm. too many words. but i'm sure it makes sense. Smiley i will be back later to digest it. thanks!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008 06:38:24 PM »

The first link I posted gives instructions for figuring how much fabric you need.  If you know how to make a circle skirt, seems like you would know how to figure out how much fabric you need.  Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question or something. 
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