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  • How To: Shimmer Circle Skirt


    As reference to DIY: Holographic Skirt, this is a circle skirt tutorial with a zipper and yoke waistband.
    Consider your waistline to that to the circumference of a circle. So then, being that C = 2πr , the unknown dimension is the radius; thus solving for this unknown, the radius is then r = C/2π where the circumference, C, is your waist measurement. And as for the skirt length, L, is then equivalent to L = ℓ+r where ℓ is your desired length from the base of your waist which, in this case, is the calculated radius, r.
    1) Supplies included the following: fabric chalk or marker, iron, pins, 
        sewing machine, scissors, shimmery fabric, thread, and zipper.


    2) Fold the fabric into quarters, i.e. folded the fabric in half (vertically)
        and again (horizontally) such that there are four layers of fabric


    3) Starting at the corner fold, used a tape measure as a compass and
        mark the radius and length with fabric chalk or washable marker.


    4) Proceed to cut the marked radius and length into a quarter circle.


    5) Unfold into a half circle and cut a folded edge to accommodate a zipper enclosure.


    7) Now, there are four corner cutout from the remnant fabric that form a
        quarter circle outline; this will be used to create the yoke waistband. 
        Utilize the smoothest curvature and then fold in half, as shown below.


    8) For demonstration, I have featured a McCall's yoke pattern.
        *To create your own pattern, follow along the curvature such that the 
        top arch measures 1/4th the length of your waistline. The center fold
        will be a straight edge, while the opposing end will be at a 45° angle;  
        extend to your desired thickness and then utilize a french curve to 
        complete the bottom arc. Follow a similar approach for a back yoke.
        Augment both patterns a quarter to half inch for seam allowance.*
        Place the front yoke on the centerfold, trace and cut two out. Then
        for the back yoke, cut two patterns and cut the fold such that there
       will be a total of four back yoke pieces. (Repeat with interfacing.)


    9) Pin a back yoke to each end of a front yoke, right sides together, and
        sew with a straight stitch. (Add interfacing.) Repeat for a second yoke
        set. Then place both yokes, right face together, pin and sew the along
        the top edge with a straight stitch and finish with a zig-zag stitch.


    10) Press open the seams then fold smoothly with an iron.


    11) Pin the right side of the yoke to the wrong side of the skirt and
          sew in place with a straight straight and, again, finish with zig-zag.
          *The wider the yoke, the lower that the skirt falls on your midsection.*
          In my case, due to the width of this waistband, the skirt now falls right
          above my high hip; so I remeasured and cut a wider radius to fit.


    12) Fold over the waistband and pin down the raw edge tucked
          underneath, then topstitch in place with a straight stitch.


    13) Pin and sew shut the open back along with the zipper. 


    14) Add a hem with a basic straight stitch. However, I singed the raw
          edge with a lighter because apparently my sewing needle was too
           thick for this particular fabric, causing it to pull and shirr away.


    15) Cut any loose threads and there you have it, complete! Lovely. 



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    2 comments:

    1. Where did you get the fabric?

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      1. From one of our local fabric shops.

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