How to: Draft a Half-Circle Wrap Skirt

One of my most popular posts has been my half-circle wrap skirt. Maybe you’ve seen it and were secretly hoping for a how-to? Well, today would be your lucky day! I have prepared instructions for how to make your own half-circle wrap skirt pattern based on your own measurements. Once you have the pattern made, the sewing process is very simple. Add waistband ties, hem the edges and you’re done.

A couple notes:

  • These are only directions for how to make the pattern. Sewing instructions are not included, but I’d be happy to answer any sewing questions in the comments.
  • I didn’t include fabric requirements because you’re basing the pattern off of your personal measurements. However, two yards of 60 inch wide fabric is a good starting point for a knee length skirt.
  • This style works well with a variety of fabric types and will really play up the natural characteristics of the fabric you choose.
  • Since the skirt is a half circle most of it will hang on the bias, (diagonal from the selvedges) so it’s a good idea to let the skirt hang for a day before you hem it. This will allow the fabric to relax and then you can straighten up your hem before you stitch it. The bias cut also means it will look great on any body.
  • Hemming a curve can be tricky. I recommend using a very narrow hem allowance or using bias tape or hem tape to help you control the fullness.

Without further ado…how to draft a half-circle wrap skirt.

Draft a Half Circle Wrap Skirt


SSS: 9/8, 9/9 & 9/11

Life was busy towards the end of last week and this weekend. I had to stay late at school on Thursday for back to school night. (It’s a night where parents come in and meet the teachers.) Friday was a whirlwind evening for me and it definitely shows in the picture I took. On Saturday I didn’t wear anything I made except for carrying my usual purse. Sunday was all about getting ready for the week to come.

Thursday, September 8th: I needed to be comfortable because I knew that the day would be long, but I also had to look professional to meet students’ parents. I also try to look older, if possible, on these days because I’ve been mistaken for a student before, which is quite embarrassing.

  • Skirt: half-circle wrap, made in August 2011
  • Top: purchased from Lands’ End
  • Jacket: purchased from JCPenney (a loooong time ago!)

Friday, September 9th: I love this dress and always get compliments on it (on Friday I was compared to Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Onassis Kennedy), even more so when people find out I’ve made it. This always amazes me because it’s one of the simplest dresses I’ve ever made. It is just three pieces and there are no zippers or buttons or embellishments. As much as I love this dress, I do not love this photo of me wearing it. I was in a rush to get out of the house, my slip was bunched up under the dress, I was taking the picture out of obligation rather than desire and I think all of this shows in the picture.

  • Dress: my design, made in August 2010
  • Belt: purchased from ?

Sunday, September 11th: Again, please excuse the lackluster quality of the photo. I took the picture late in the evening when there was no natural light and had to lighten the picture a lot in order to show the details of the outfit. You can see somewhat better pictures of this tunic here. I was all about town in this outfit and I think it’s the perfect outfit for a busy day. It looks just as appropriate at the farmer’s market as it does at brunch.

  • Dress/Tunic: Simplicity 2365, made in August 2010
  • Leggings: purchased from Forever 21 (my least favorite store, for the record)