Saturday, 3 February 2007

Pattern Drafting for Circle Skirt

Gored Circle Skirt:

Create pattern:

Measure your waist add wearing ease (about 5cm or 2 inches).

Total waist circumference (TWC) = waist + ease

To get the pattern the right size I started with a large piece of brown wrapping paper (news paper or butchers paper would be great.

And folded it at the corner to make a large triangle

Then use the formula

TWC / 3.1416 = diameter


Measure from the tip of the triangle down each side the radius distance and connect the points with a curve.

Measure from the curve down each side of the paper to the length you want the skirt to be and connect with a curve.

This is the basic pattern for an 8 gored circle skirt (above left). Now if you left the paper folded while you did this open it out and it will look like this (above right).

This is a pattern you can use for a 4 or 2 gored circle skirt.

Don’t forget to add seam allowance to all edges when you cut.

Waist band:

This is a rectangle

Length = is waist + ease + overlap + seam allowance.

Width = (finished width x 2) + (seam allowance x 2)

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