Hot! Upcoming Theme: Circle Skirts

Next week’s theme challenges us to make circle skirts, the type of skirt that was popularized in the 1950s. From this history:

True circle skirts are not gathered or pleated. What makes them unique and special is that they are formed out of a single piece of fabric—literally, a circle with the center cut out for the waist. (Less expensive versions were created with two pieces of fabric and two seams.) Circle skirts were made in any number of fabrics—cotton, silk, muslin, etc.—and were often quilted, hand–painted, embroidered, or appliquéd.

For those sewing along, I direct you to Casey’s excellent circle skirt sew-along. There, you’ll find everything you need to know about making your own skirt.

Here are an index to her core circle skirt posts that should help you get started:

And while you don’t need to purchase a pattern to make a circle skirt, here are a number of vintage circle skirt (more importantly, applique & embroidery) patterns to get you inspired.


Good luck!





Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I wish had this this morning, had to draft mine using an ancient patternmaking text book, difficult for a visual learner like me! But I got there, so fast to sew, I just have to hem it and put the waistband on – hooray!

  2. Too bad I don’t have the time to join this challenge. I have a circle skirt on my sewing wish list.

  3. I made some circle skirts this winter for a group of friends’ play. It was kinda fun:

    They’re so damn speedy to put together!

  4. My sister and I are competing in the children’s designing and sewing competition Project Run and Play ( The first weeks challenge was the remix of a circle skirt.
    Here is our competition entry:
    It is a double circle skirt attached to a fitted bodice. Lots of fun to make and a winner with my daughter!

  5. I’ve been following along with Sew Weekly for a few weeks now. I’m not a great sewer but am enjoying trying out new techniques and gaining great ideas from the many sewers that post their creations. I’ve only once seen the upcoming theme mentioned in advance (the circle skirt). I usually try to figure it out after everyone starts posting their completed projects. Is there some way that I can receive the upcoming themes in advance?