I LOVE circle skirts and apparently so do plenty of other ladies as they seemed to be so popular this summer. So I was pleased to find out they were so simple to make. There are plenty of blog tutorials and youtube videos on how to create a circle skirt. I followed Mimi G’s because, of course, I love her! She takes out some of the “complicated” math for those who never liked math. I love math but I’m aware I’m an abnormality so I’m sure many appreciate her simplified calculation. I highly recommend you check out her free tutorial where she sews along with you so you can watch her do each step. Even if you don’t like circle skirts watch the tutorial for her excellent instructions on how to install an invisible zipper with a regular zipper foot.
This was the first garment I used bias tape on. I was so afraid of bias tape for some reason, I think I was just concerned about keeping a straight stitch in the crease of the tape. Anyway, after I read up on how tricky sewing a curved hem could be and failing miserably at even pinning the hem I decided bias tape couldn’t be any harder. Turns out it was actually very simple, my hem turned out beautifully.
MIMI G CIRCLE SKIRT PATTERN REVIEW
Pattern Description: Circle skirt with narrow waistband and invisible zipper
Pattern Sizing: Draft the pattern according to your own measurements and desired length to fit any size
Fabric Used: Floral print rayon challis (I think). Found it in the flat fold table at Hancocks for $3.95/yd. Used less than 2yds.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very. Mimi walks you through the measurements, drafting the pattern and the construction in the video.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of skirt and it only had two pieces and one seam!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a broadcloth lining because the fashion fabric was sheer.
Would you sew it again? Yes, I want to make with a faux leather and neoprene/scuba knit.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would recommend.
Conclusion: I love the way this skirt turned out. I may try with a stretchy knit and omit the zipper.
Total Cost: $11.78
Rayon Challis $3.95 x 1.5yds = $5.93
Cotton Lining $1.99 x 1.5yds = $2.99
9″ Invisible Zipper $1.67 = $1.67
Dbl Fold Bias Tape $1.19 = $1.19