In this DIY I show you how to make a half circle skater dress. When I found this stunning floral print in a scuba knit, I knew I just had to make myself this skater dress.
It can be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorize it – making it the perfect piece to transition from lunch with the girls to date night with a special someone! Check out this post where I made the same dress, but in a dark floral.
What you will need
- Basic sewing skills
- A fitted tank to use as your bodice pattern
- Stretch fabric of your choice. I’m using a printed scuba knit. Pay attention to the grain, the stretch must go horizontally for optimum fit. You’ll need about 1,5 meters of fabric depending on your size.
- Co-ordinating thread
- The usual sewing notions – measuring tape, scissors, tailor’s chalk, etc
- Sewing Machine
- Serger/Overlocker (Optional)
- Needle for stretch fabrics – I’ve used a twin needle for the hems
Right-click the diagrams and choose Save as… to download the bigger version if the text is too small to read. Please note that these diagrams are not to exact shape or scale and these measurements should be used as a reference guide only. Don’t forget to include the necessary seam and hem allowances.
1. Cut the half circle skirt. Use the half circle skirt diagram above for details.
2. Cut the bodice front and back using a fitted tank or t-shirt you own.
3. Cut the front on fold.
4. Cut the back “on fold” as well, but ensure that you a center back seam with room for seam allowance as indicated in the bodice pattern diagram above.
5. Pin and sew the bodice center back seam.
6. Place the front bodice on top of the back bodice piece, pretty sides of the fabric facing each other. Pin and sew the side seams as well as the shoulder seams.
7. Sew the center back seam of the half circle skirt.
8. Flip the bodice right sides out and place it inside the skirt. Match up the center back seams of the bodice and skirt, pretty sides of the fabric facing, and pin and sew the waistline all the way around.
9. Hem the raw edges of the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt. I’ve used a twin needle to give it an extra professional finish.
10. Give all your seams and hems a good press, and you’re done!
Sewing tips and tricks
Use stretch needle.
Use thread for stretch fabrics.
If you don’t have an overlocker/serger, you can use a zigzag stitch and carefully trim the excess fabric.
If you’re unsure about the size, always leave extra room – it’s easier to trim it down and make it smaller to fit you, but it’s not always possible to make it bigger.
When sewing hems with very curved edges like a circle skirt, it’s advisable to make the hem as short as possible to avoid it puckering. I’ve overlocked my edges and flipped them over once, and stitched pretty close to the edge. You can use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have an overlocker and then carefully trim the excess on the edges, if need be.
Give all your seams and hems a good press to set the stitches and to make it look more crisp – if you’re scared of damaging the fabric, use a piece of cotton and place it over your dress fabric before pressing.
I’m a self-taught sewist, so the techniques I show you in my video are things that work for me at the time the video has been recorded. It may not necessarily be the “industry” way, but it’s certainly an easy way, and I’m happy to share my learnings with you as I embark on this creative journey!