I'm not the best at explaining but hopefully you will be able to learn something from reading this :D.
I'm aware this isn't the proper way of doing zippers, but since this is aimed at beginners I want to try make it as simple as possible.
I am also aware that my damn sewing machine doesn't make beautiful stitches so get over it xD!
Assumed knowledge: Using a sewing machine and sewing a straight line lol.
Things you will need:
- 10 - 20cm zip
- Pattern paper (gift wrapping paper or newspaper will do)
- Scissors (fabric and paper)
- Tape measure
- Awl (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Over-locker (this isn't necessary, you can just skip all the O/L steps)
Measuring and Pattern Planning
- waist - or where you want the skirt to sit.
- length - how long you want the skirt to be (to be measured from desired waist) + 1" - this will be your hem.
MATHS!! Don't worry, it's pretty simple.
Take your waist measurement, divide this by 2*Pi (Pi = 3.14).
W/(2*3.14) = WAIST RADIUS.
Waist = 23"
23" / (2*3.14)
R = 3.66"
You can draw these measurements by either using a ruler and pivoting it around the page, or using a tape measure (faster method).
For the tape measure method, poke a hole in your measurement (or if you have a hole at the end of your tape) and putting your pen inside.Taking the 0 mark of the tape, place it on the pivot point (which is the corner of the page), holding it stable with another pen or awl. Place your pen in your measurement and by swinging your pen back and forth it will make an arch.
The length of the waist band will be your waist + 1".
Cut the pattern out, and you should now half 1/4 of a circle skirt and a waistband.
Repeat this step again so that you have another half circle.
After that is done, over-lock the other two raw sides of the skirt.
You can choose to over-lock the edges and finish it with ditch stitching.
Tip: Take time when sewing, align the raw edges together and sew straight. I find it easier to just pivot the skirt instead of the waistband. If you find you half excess waistband, simply trim it off and over-lock it.
Now to attach the zipper! Place your zipper wrong side up and mark where the zipper will end (a few cms below the metal stopper) on both wrong sides of the fabric.Make sure the metal stopper at the top touches the end of the waistband.
Open the seams and press it as soon above.
Circle skirts are pretty much flattering on most body types.
They're fairly versatile and pretty much go with most tops - pull overs, button ups, singlets, and suitable for casual or semi-casual wear.