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« on: July 28, 2006 03:51:43 PM »

Okay. I am trying to make a circle skirt, which is fairly easy. But I am a newb at sewing and don't want to cut something the wrong way...

I want the skirt to reach my knees or even past. The problem is the way my fabric is cut. It seems like you need a square in order to make a large circle for your skirt.

My fabric is cut in a long rectangle [3 yds long x 45in wide]. Am I crazy, or will this work out? Should I cut out 2 halves instead of one circle?

Also, what is the correct hip measurement to use? I know that the answer is out there somewhere, but there are so many varying measurements...

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2006 04:42:42 PM »

if i understand what you are saying correctly then hopefully i can help you
you say your fabric is 3yd by 45 in. which will only be enough width wise depending on how tall you are
when you cut a circle skirt you fold the fabric twice(once legnth wise and once width wise) so that you have a large square
then you take your own hip measurement and divide it by four
then use that number to cut off the corner of your square of fabric
ive tried to make a circle skirt a couple of times and it didnt work because you need a really large piece of fabric
and if your fabric is only 45in wide the when you fold it will only be 22 1/2in which is the maximum legnth of the skirt that you can make


i hope that made any sense to you?HuhHuh
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2006 04:46:47 PM »

when I made my first with 45 in wide fabric, I did two halves, made it about 23 inches long (bigger than the radius of the circle because your waist needs to go in there)and the waist measurement you use is taken wherever you want the skirt to lay when you are wearing it
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2006 04:48:09 PM »

Yeah, that made sense.

I think I am going to have to mess around with the measurements and see what I can come up with. But, I will probably have to do two halves. Which can work out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006 04:53:01 PM »

This is one of the ways I cut half circles:



Help at all?
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2006 06:14:38 PM »

Yeah. That really helps! Thanks.

I will have to try that next time, since I already cut my fabric. Haha.
But, yeah, I will try that in the future.
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2006 06:39:24 PM »

Once you have one circle skirt, making more gets A LOT easier. If I have wide enough fabric, i fold the skirt in half (since it is *technically* already halved to be a skirt), and fold the fabric in half, then trace around the bottom. It's easy to make the new skirt longer or shorter that way just by moving the old skirt up or down. As for the waist, I guess. I keep cutting bigger and bigger arcs till it'll fit my waist.

With 45" you pretty much have to cut two halves. But you can use the same method as above with tracing after you've made one. I know you have to have one first, but they get much easier.

I hate measuring and math ... can you tell?
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2006 07:54:47 AM »

Thanks for the tips!

And I hate math too. When it comes to making something I just want the math to be done for me already. Grin
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