You would be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to make your very own skirt, dress or top. When looking at patterns and instructions online it’s made look a lot more complicated than it has to be,  so I thought that maybe I would explain it in simpler  terms to the best of my ability. Just recently, I have designed and made my very own skirt, with no help and not tooting my own horn or anything but I don’t think many people would realise its homemade! I am also in the process of making a dress for my mam for a wedding, which is a lot of pressure but when you’re doing it for yourself, I find it enjoyable and well worth it when you see the finished product!

This blog post is about how to make a skater skirt (of any colour) with a zip and I hope if you all like this, I will be able to add more patterns and help you all as much as I can. For those of you who don’t know what a skater skirt is it looks like this

And its pattern name is a circle skirt.

Circle Skirt

What every good dress maker has in her sewing bag:

  1. A set of ball point pins. (you can never have enough of these)
  2. A material scissors (that isn’t used to cut anything else)
  3. Thread (a variety of colours always comes in handy)
  4. A measuring tape
  5. A ruler
  6. A stitch ripper (the best invention yet, so that when a mistake is made the skirt isn’t ruined)
  7. Sewing needle(obviously a sewing machine would be a lot easier)
  8. A normal paper scissors
  9. A role of grease proof paper (the long role)
  10. A set of pencils, rubber and a black marker

scssiors black marker pencilgrease paper

To make a skirt or a dress you will firstly need the list of materials above. Then you will need to pick yourself up a couple of metres of (any) material you like and also the lining of for your skirt. (You need the same amount of skirt lining as skirt material). I would recommend getting your material in ‘Guiney’s’ if possible over ‘Hickey’s’ for an everyday skirt such as this. This is because the material in ‘Guiney’s’ tends to average at half the price per metre when compared to ‘Hickey’s’.

How to start making a pattern for the circle skirt:

As I have said above it looks so complicated on the internet to make patterns for dresses and skirts!


(I mean are we really supposed to be able to figure out how to make our own skirt from an image like this?)

So I will do my very best to give you step by step instructions on how to make your very own pattern for a circle/skater skirt.

The pattern for a circle skirt:

  1. Measure yourself or the person you are making it for, around your waist with a measuring tape. Then measure from where you want the skirt to lie on the waist to where you would like the skirt to come to in length. Usually you would add an extra inch to your length measurement for safety reasons.
  2. Divide your waist measurement by 3.14 (it works out a lot better if you just go with it! And don’t ask why!)
  3. Write down this figure because that is now your waist measurement for your pattern.
  4. Add this number to your length measurement you got earlier to see how far down the pattern will go. This is now your length measurement.
  5. Get out your grease proof paper (the longer the role in length the better)
  6. Measure from the top corner, of the square sheet, down until you reach your waist measurement (in cm), mark it and do the same across. Mark this again and join the marks together in a semi-circle shape.
  7. Now go back up to the top corner again and measure down with your measuring tape to the figure that is your length measurement.
  8. Mark this the whole way around your square sheet again in a semi-circle shape.
  9. Now write down all your measurements in a marker and label it as “front of circle skirt”
  10. Now you do the exact same thing again to a new piece of grease proof paper and label that as “back of circle skirt”
  11. Cut out both sides, front and back and that’s the pattern made!

pattern excample one  pattern excample 2

Time to start sewing:

This is the easy part but it’s also the part that’s hard to explain but I shall do my best!

  1. Get your “front of skirt pattern” and pin it to your material, the front is cut to the fold so fold your material in half and line up the edge of the pattern with your folded edge of material and pin it all together and cut it out. (be careful doing this)
  2. Pin your “back of skirt pattern” to your material, (this doesn’t have to be to the folded edge but having the material doubled over makes it a lot easier in the long run.) then cut this out. You’re left with two backs and one front.
  3. Line the backs of the skirt to either side of the front of the skirt and measure about an inch in from the edge and mark it, (line it up so that the stitching is on the inside)
  4. Sew up along this mark, an inch from the edge at both sides.
  5. Now you do the exact same steps above to your skirt lining and when, that is finished you again line the back of it up to the front of your skirt and sew along the top of your skirt as close to the edge as you possibly can so that when you flip it over the lining is on the inside.
  6. When this is all done, you simply add a hem by turning up the ends about an inch again from the edge, and sewing along in a straight line.
  7. Next simply wrap the skirt around yourself or the person you are making it for and see if it’s the perfect fit, remember that a zip still has to go in. (if it’s not the perfect fit don’t panic you can easily cut the material to make it smaller)
  8. In the case that it’s too big then you simply measure just how big and then cut off half of that number at either side, being very careful with the scissors.
  9. Last but not least you turn the skirt inside out, sew up the two sides of the back of skirt about half way up. Get a zip a few inches long the same colour as your skirt (ask the person in the shop to help you) and pin it in place as close to the edge of the material as possible, then hand tack (sew) the zip to the material in a straight line not leaving too much space between the edge of material and the zip.
  10. Your skirt is now finished but if you don’t quite like it or think you can do better don’t panic, get out your stitch ripper (an essential to sewing) and rip the stiches to alter fix or change anything you don’t like.

stictch ripper 1 stitch ripper 2

Well that’s the easiest way I have of explaining how to make your own skirt. Hope it helps you and don’t be afraid to give it a go! It’s not as hard as it seems. If you have any questions just comment below I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks for reading

Cristel xoxo