Here is the final part of the Rainbow Tutorial. The Circle Skort! This was such fun to make! I plan to create another version as a little dress very soon. The tutorial will be shown in an example size of 2T/3T. I’ll give the exact measurements for it, but it is really really easy to convert it to your sizes 12 months to 5T.
This little tutorial has driven me a bit mad. I had the entire thing completely written out, hit a wrong button, and it completely disappeared. Since my blog autosaves just about every millisecond, it had auto-saved over it before I could revert back. I was ready to pull my hair out. I keep telling myself the rewrite is much better 😉
This might look intimidating because it involves circumference of a circle and using π, but it’s really not. Plus, you can always excitedly tell a math teacher you now know that you will indeed use C = 2πr in real life. I promise, you just need to use that equation one time, and then you’re set.
Rainbow Circle Skort Tutorial
Recommended fabrics: knits – jersey, interlock, ribknit
1 yd of 1 inch or 3/4 inch non roll elastic
1/2 yd of 6 fabrics – pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet
1. Fold fabric in half then in half again. You should have a triangle shaped fabric with FOUR layers.
5. For the 2T/3T size, I chose 3 inches as the length for each layer. It was roughly an arbitrary number that would leave about 2.5 inches per finished layer, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Here is a chart I created for the lengths of sizes (you will use the strip length layer further down in the instructions):
Circle Layer Length
Strip Layer Length
6. For each layer, except layer #1, you will cut a strip layer of fabric to go under the above layer. For the 2T/3T, I used a 1.75 inch strip layer. The width of each strip layer will be the same as the circumference of the colored layer ABOVE it.For the 2T/3T size, here are the strip layers I cut:
yellow: 25 x 1.75
green: 28 x 1.75
blue: 31 x 1.75
purple: 34 x 1.75
7. Sew each strip layer together into a circle. Then, with the strip layer RIGHT SIDE to the circle layer above its WRONG SIDE, sew the tops together. Do this four times as the bottom circle layer is not sewn to a strip layer. This sounds very complicated, but once you get started, it’s really not and you’ll whiz right through it.
Once you have sewn them, they will look like this:
14. Fold over the waistband and pin closed. Then, attach waistband with RIGHT SIDES to RIGHT SIDES of skirt top layer. Once it is sewn, flip the waistband up and flatten the seam down.
15. Top stitch around the RIGHT SIDE of the skirt at the waistband’s flattened seam so it does not end up looking wonky. This can be done just on the very top of the first layer just below the ditch of the seam or you can stitch in the ditch of the seam between layer #1 and the waistband. Make sure to stretch just slightly as you top stitch so the stitch line will not pop when stretched to put on the child.
And you’re done!!
Click the picture below to check out all 3 parts of this series!