This tutorial is somewhat complex, but it results in a very cute full circle skirt. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! We made a Minnie Mouse inspired full circle skirt for an upcoming #disneyside party were are hosting in March. So fun!
- 1 yard lightweight fabric (I used taffeta)
- 2 yards tulle
- coordinating thread
- coordinating 1/2″ ribbon
- 2″ elastic
Step 1: Gather the necessary materials. Because this is a Minnie Mouse themed skirt, I went with red polka dots and black.
Step 2: To cut the skirt properly, I followed the MADE Circle Skirt tutorial. According to the directions, the radius of the portion of the circle that gets removed is 3.5″. So, I worked from the lower left corner, and drew a 1/4 circle with a 3.5″ radius.
Step 6: Next, I cut my black tulle into 4 pieces that were 2 yards x 10″.
Step 7: I stacked two pieces of tulle together (so I had 2 stacks of 2 pieces of tulle each). Sew a basting stitch (longest stitch – which is 5.0 on my machine) across the long edge of both stacks of tulle. So basically, you now have two double-layered pieces of tulle with a basting stitch along the top of each.
Step 10: Sew the ends of the elastic together. First, line up the two ends with the tulle on the outside. Use a very short stitch to sew in place. Then fan out the sewed portion and sew straight stitches down each side so the elastic lays flat.
Flip the skirt inside-out so the tulle is on the inside. This is how the completed tulle liner looks. If you want a tutu, you can simply stop right here.
Step 11: This part is a bit tricky to explain. Pin the circle fabric to the elastic. The fabric will be inside-out, pinned above where the tulle is sewn. Remember, your circle fabric will be larger than your elastic. You will begin by pinning the fabric twice, pin in one spot, rotate the skirt 180 degrees, pin on that side. Then pin in between those two pins, then pin in between those two, etc. Try to evenly pleat/cinch your skirt (I could’ve done this better). The MADE tutorial above has great pics of this.
If you flip the pinned fabric over, it should look like this, covering the tulle.
Step 12: Using a zigzag stitch, sew all around the pinned red fabric. Be sure to sew in a manner that will cover your original stitches (to attach the tulle). Either a topstitch or ribbon needs to be added right at the place where the fabric meets the elastic, on the outside of the skirt. Remember to also sew with a zigzag stitch. A stretchy ribbon would probably work best, as this does make the skirt a bit snug (less stretchy). Sew a hem or serge along the bottom, and your circle skirt is complete!