What you will need:
- Stretchy fabric of your choice (must be stretchy because this tutorial does not use a zipper); amount of fabric will depend on the length of skirt you choose to do
- Marking utensils (i.e. chalk, fabric marker, etc.)
- Measuring tape
1. Take your piece of fabric and fold it once lengthwise ("hot dog way"). Fold it again widthwise ("hamburger way"). You should now be left with 4 layers of fabric.
2. Determine the radius of your waist. This requires a bit of math!
For your waist measurement (P), I would suggest you to use a value that is 1 inch smaller than your regular waist measurement so that the skirt will fit nicely. I found that it was loose when I used my exact waist measurement because the fabric stretched out.
Ex. my waist is 25 inches, so I would substitute 24 inches into the equation below.
If it is still too loose after you sewed everything together, it can be fixed at the end.
How to draw the circle (without piercing your measuring tape)
a) Put the start of your measuring tape to the marked corner and align it to one of the edges of the fabric. Mark your radius length.
b) Repeat the previous step but align your tape to the other edge of your fabric.
c) Repeat the step a) but have your tape stick diagonally outwards (45 degree angle from one edge) from the corner.
d) You should now have 3 dots. Join the 3 dots in an arc shape to make a quarter circle. If you feel that you need more markings to be able to draw a good circle, repeat step c) but putting your measuring tape at different angles.
4. Figure out the length of the skirt you want to make. Add your skirt length measurement together with your radius measurement to draw a second quarter-circle onto your fabric (i.e. r + skirt length) (add seam allowance if necessary). Repeat the circle drawing in step 3.
EDIT: if you find that your fabric is not "stretchy" enough, feel free to add a piece of elastic into the waistband in this step!
Pin the raw edges of the waistband on the outer side of the skirt (make sure the INNER side of your waistband is on top of the OUTER side of the skirt). Sew the two layers together. While sewing these layers together, stretch the waistband fabric slightly (like how you would sew an elastic on).
7. Flip the waistband around and tada, you're done!
- If you want a finished look, you can hem the bottom of the skirt. However, because it is a circle shape, folding the ends in and sewing may cause the fabric to bunch up and not lay flat.
- If the waistband is too loose, flip the skirt inside out and sew the sides of the waistband inwards more to shrink down the size. The shape of the skirt will hide the creases.