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Full Skirt Tutorial by Kapalaka Full Skirt Tutorial by Kapalaka
Architecture major here, but I love to sew! A few of my friends were struggling in finding a good pattern, so I made this to help out. I think it's pretty easy, and I hope you all find this easy to follow. Let me know if you have questions or think I should add something in!

If you would like to see the Gwendolyn black skirt I made using this method, check out my results here!
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:iconpeachtier:
peachtier Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My fabrics width isn't long enough to support my desired skirt length- is there a way to still use a circle skirt?
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi peachtier! Yes, there is, though you would have more seams in it. You could try doing a gored skirt, in which you would make your pattern out of paper first, then you would fold it up the donut into quarts or fifths, whatever would look best to you. Kind of like slicing a pizza pie. You would then use each slice of the pizza as a piece of your skirt and sew that fabric up together again to get the fullness.

Here is an example image of what the finished product would look similar to.
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:iconpeachtier:
peachtier Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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:iconnathalie35:
Nathalie35 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Thank you! I have been looking all over to find a decent   tutorial to make a ball gown skirt like this!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! Hope it helps!
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:iconvalkyria2:
Valkyria2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you for being so awsome and putting this pattern on here 
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awwww thank you! I'm glad I could help. :)
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:iconvalkyria2:
Valkyria2 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist
yup :) thank you
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:iconlunatheninjakitty:
LunaTheNinjaKitty Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! Thank you! Now I can finally start making my maid dress for the maid café and cosplays
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dramawolfie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   General Artist
*sobs happy tears grossly* Thaaaank Youuuu! I've been looking for something like this for a really long time!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lol!!!! I am glad this helps! Feel free to message me with any questions!
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LuminaAngelica Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
When I'am making a full circle skirt, I fold the fabric in half, and cut it. But when I unfold it, the full circle skirt was cut in a half, and the other half of the full circle skirt was gone. And now, I have the only half part of the full circle skirt. Can you please tell me what I did wrong? Or I should not fold the fabric in half?  Please Reply ASAP. :)
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ummmm....please answer the following so I can better help. :)

1. How was the other half gone?
2. How long is your full skirt?

floor length skirts require about 5 yards of fabric and this tutorial assumes that the fabric is unfolded and the floor length skirt is halved. There would have to be two side-seems.
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LuminaAngelica Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
The long of my full circle skirt is floor-length (like a ballgown skirt). I don't get it at the Question no. 1 and that you said that "the floor-length skirt is halved" Do you mean when you cut a full circle skirt I'am going to cut 2 half-full circle skirt and you can stitched it together so there would have to be 2 side seams? :) 
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"cut 2 half-full circle skirt and you can stitched it together so there would have to be 2 side seams"

That is correct. :D <3
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LuminaAngelica Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Oh Okay, but what will happened when I'am going to make a full circle skirt and it has 4 side seams? Thanks and I'am so sorry that I'am always asking some questions like I never understand anything. Thanks again! :) <3 ;) <3
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't worry about it. I am just having a bit of trouble understanding your question, though. Do you mean like a doughnut that has been cut into quadrants??? I would just try to make the seams line up with the center front, center back, and side seams.
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LuminaAngelica Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Yes! That's what I meant. Like when I want to have 4 side seams, I'am going to cut a doughnut cut into quadrants. :)
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:iconnight-class:
Night-Class Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OMG YES!!! I've been looking for this FOREVER!! thanks you thank you thank you!
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:iconartisticman16:
Artisticman16 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks~! I was having trouble understanding the circle skirt until I came across your pattern ;)
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GTChoirNerd Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Dreamin-of-Neverland Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Photographer
i've been wanting to make a dress recently (who knows why?!) and this will be a huge help! thank you for posting this (I found it via Tumblr) :D
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha you're welcome, good luck to you! And thanks for letting me know how you found me, I am usually curious! <3
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silvershadowhdgehog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
this is soo helpful!! i'm excited to make mine for my dog tier jade : D thank you for sharing u v u
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem, I hope it helps! ^_^ <3
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QueenRiot Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
I really needed a pattern like this so thank for making this XD!

I'm making a hugefuck skirt for Rozalin (Disgaea) woooo skirt power <3
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PrincessOfDonutland Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
oh wow, thank you for sharing
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D <3 I hope it helps!
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:iconlalumine:
LaLumine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant and so useful! Thanks alot!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Whooo! I hope it helps with your future cosplays! :D
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xXDaysha-Chan32Xx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thank you so much!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D Good luck on your costume!
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xXDaysha-Chan32Xx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Anju-Sururuki Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :D It makes me so happy to know that people find this helpful!
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DeadVelvetCupcakes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!!
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AdorkablyFeline Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Oh! This is super helpful thank you very much!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No prob! :D They're pretty fun and easy to make, so go forth and make a million sweet new outfits!
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ElvenButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So the full circle you just fold your fabric in half and draw a big half circle on it? I'm rather...dim when it comes to patterns and stuff. I need to do a really big floor length skirt, and I've got 5metres of fabric for it.....
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
actually, you open up the fabric and cut it on the width, so no fold. :)
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:iconelvenbutterfly:
ElvenButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Though would doing it on the fold still work? My sewing machine broken so I;'d rather it it as a whole piece to save time ^^;
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No; because fabric widths are generally 45-60" wide, you will only have just enough as is to have a floor length skirt with the open width. :)
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ElvenButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my fabric width is 150m i think off the top of my head. I know its over a metre anyway
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dahowbbit Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this!!! It was super useful when I made my own Gwendolyn dress!!!
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem, wonderful! :D I love Gwendolyn so much
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Secret-Night Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial. :)
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :D Hope it comes in handy!
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Yokume Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Oh dear! A thousaind times of thank you :glomps: This is just what I've been looking for <33 :heart: Thanks for sharing! 8D
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Charubi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Wow. Who would've thought it'd be that easy? I've been looking at loads of different patterns over the past few days for as poofy a ball gown as I could find, and so far this is the easiest one with the most poof I've found. Thanks so much! If you don't mind my asking, do you think the amount of poof depends more on the hoopskirt and/or petticoats used than it does the actual gown? Also, (and this is a silly question, but I can't think of any other way to put it!) does wearing the hoopskirt affect the "flow" of the gown? Such as when you're trying to sit or lie down? Thanks again for the awesome tutorial! ^_^
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for all the positive feedback, haha! And no worries, thanks for the questions!

The hoopskirt and petticoat definitely make the shape. The gown basically just tries to cover up the understructure. :) Think of it as a pillowcase; you can decorate it up and make the cover look crazy but it still needs a pillow inside. Also, the hoopskirt will affect the flow depending on what you put under there. For example, my Gwendolyn gown costume (a bunch of links on my profile page) uses a crinoline with a bunch of steel donuts of different sizes. It holds the shape really well and still has a nice flow because of the volume of the black skirt. If you put a super layered up mess petticoat under there, you'll have different results. The dress may weigh it down a bit but you would have a ton more flow. I recommend hoop skirts for big gowns, though. full-length mesh petticoats tend to get heavy...
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