Added Jan 8, 2012
I saw this fabric in Ikea and simply couldn’t help myself. I bought as much as the money in my wallet could buy and started with a circle skirt. I can’t stop looking at this fabric. I originally wanted to start with a mini circle, but couldn’t resist. It is certainly intended for curtains or upholstery, but the weight of the fabric gives the skirt volume without crinoline.
If you’re curious how to make a circle skirt simply measure your waist and divide by pi (3.14), that gives you the diameter.
Divide by 2 for the radius. (E.g. 4.5" from a 28" waist)
Then draw a semi-circle (or quarter if folded in half) 4.5" from the corner as the inside/waist, and add the length for the outside/hem.
Here’s a good tutorial: http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-circle-skirt.html
After you’ve done it once, you won’t need instructions, I promise.
If you’d like a spiffy waistband like the one pictured, simply cut a rectangular strip of fabric the the same size as your waist and sew.
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