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« on: March 07, 2012 01:02:41 AM »

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I am just wondering if anyone can suggest how to go about cutting out a 3/4 circle skirt? A full circle or half circle I get.... but other than just removing a quarter of the full circle I am really stumped on how to do it.  It feels like you should be able to fold the fabric somehow to aid in cutting it out, but I just can't seem to figure it out. I looked at http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2010/08/circle-skirt-tutorial-part-2-12-and-34.html this tutorial and still... I donno.

I will just cut out a full paper pattern, as she has done, eventually, but just wondering if anyone has suggestions!

Thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012 01:44:38 AM »

I've had a few dress patterns that had 3/4 circle skirts. They had me make it by using a 1/4 circle pattern and either just cutting 3 peices and sewing together or cutting 1 on the fold (making a half circle) and  then cutting 2 1/8 circle peices (so fold that 1/4 circle pattern in half) for the back so the zipper can go in between them, if you're not planning on using a zipper you can just cuz a 1/4 circle peice and sew it ontop the 1/2 circle.

You could also do it by cutting a full circle, then folding the circle in quarters, pressing, and cutting along the creases to remove one quarter. I've never done it that way, but if you want the skirt to be all one peice that's how I would do it.

Hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012 09:03:22 AM »

Once you have the pattern you can fold it in half then line up the fold when you cut the fabric if you want to keep the circle continuous. As long as you have the pattern made up with correct measurements, you can cut it up into as many segments as you want. Just make a note of how many segments are needed for the whole skirt - for example, if I drew out the pattern and cut it up into 4 pieces, keeping only 1/4 to use when cutting fabric, I would make a note to cut the piece out 4 times (plus seam allowance) for a 3/4 circle skirt.
If you're having trouble following her directions for the pattern itself, I suggest trying it. It might make more sense when you're actually doing the math and drawing it out.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012 09:39:13 AM »

That does help clarify things for me!  Thanks! I appreciate the insight  Grin
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