If you don’t know how to make a circle skirt yet, check out the Circle Skirt tutorial first, because all of these skirts build on the basic premise of a circle skirt.
Variation 1 – double full circle skirt
Instead of cutting 1 donut with a center cirumference of 36″ (the number we used in our examples), cut 2 donuts with a center circumference that is half your desired waistband measurement. In this example, each hole should measure 18″. The desired length (16″ from our example) should stay the same.
Cut the donuts open (red line).
Lay the donuts Right Sides Together, with the cuts lined up. Sew the donuts together as indicated by the purple dotted line. You will wind up with a very full and flouncy circle skirt.
Variation 2 – handkerchief hem or pixie skirt
Cut the center “waist” hole out of your fabric, but leave the edges square. Now you have a classic hanky hem skirt!
This is a good one if you’re in a hurry, because it’s one less step.
You can cut several of these squares out and layer them around the hem for a different look. Try cutting the a top layer out of a sheer fabric and layer it over something opaque!
For a full step-by-step tutorial for a pixie skirt, click here.
Variation 3 – double full pixie skirt
This is a combination of variations 1 and 2, and it might be my favorite circle skirt variation. (The photo at the beginning of this post has two double full pixie skirts layered over one another.)
Cut two squares, each having a circumference half of what you want the total to be. Cut them open, sew them together, and you’ve got a very swishy pixie skirt.
Variation 4 – asymmetrical layered circle skirt
Instead of centering the “waist” hole, cut it off-center. You could do 1 layer like this, and it looks especially nice if you make the back much longer than the front. It has a cool hi-lo cascading effect.Or you can do 2 or more wonky donuts and layer them over one another.