This gathered circle skirt pattern calculator will make pattern drafting much easier for you. A gathered circle skirt is made of 6, 8 or more panels (usually an even number of panels up to 12) that after being sewn together have a larger waist circumference, than your waist. This large circumference has to be gathered to fit your waist. The result is a visually appealing skirt that combines the properties of both skirts: a gathered skirt and a circle skirt.
This page contains an easy to use gathered circle skirt pattern calculator that will compute the pattern dimensions of such a skirt based on your body measurements.
The calculator also computes the fabric consumption for the selected amount of panels and offers two versions of pattern arrangement on your fabric.
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After calculating the gathered circle skirt dimensions, you can download the results as a PDF document.
The 6 or 8-panel skirt is also the base of a typical Mexican Jalisco skirt, which is decorated with colourful ribbons and lace trim. Therefore you can use this pattern to sew a skirt for the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday festivities, for Halloween or for cosplay.
The number of panels affects the look of the skirt only a little. The more panels you use, the more seams the skirt is going to have. The amount of panels has NO effect on the skirt’s fullness or shape.
If you wish to learn more about the math and construction behind this skirt, please read this blog post.
Where do I get the real-size skirt pattern?
To sew a gathered circle skirt, you do not need to buy a specific pattern. You can draw it completely by yourself based on the results from the pattern calculator and your body measurements. This way the skirt will fit perfectly. To get all the information you need to draw the sewing pattern, please use the pattern calculator below.
Use of seam and hem allowances
Please keep in mind, that the calculated pattern results do NOT include side seam allowances, waist seam allowance, or hem allowance. This way you can easily change your mind when it comes to seam allowances. You just add them before cutting the pattern pieces out of fabric and can adjust them at the last minute.
The seam allowance and hem allowance are used to calculate fabric consumption for the gathered circle skirt pattern.
Gathered circle skirt pattern calculator
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Your panel sewing pattern for the gathered circle skirt
Approximate fabric consumption for your gathered circle skirt pattern
First pattern arrangement:
This scheme applies to fabric, where you cannot flip the panel upside-down. This may be because the fabric has a specific pattern or a nap. Use this arrangement, if your fabric is not wide enough to accommodate more than one panel (see the image below).
Second pattern arrangement:
The second scheme applies to fabric, where you can flip the panel upside-down. This is possible with uni-cloured fabrics or fabrics without any specific pattern or nap direction. This pattern arrangement has lower fabric consumption and usually allows to place multiple skirt panels into one row (see the image below).
You fabric is not wide enough to accommodate a single skirt panel. You will need wider fabric.
To learn more about the construction and math behind this sewing pattern, please read this blog post.
How to draft the gathered circle skirt pattern
To draw the pattern itself, please prepare all the necessary tools and follow the steps below.
You will need the following:
- large sheet of paper or tissue paper
- long ruler
In the instructions below, some of the lines are grey and some are black. I recommend drawing the grey lines with a pencil. These lines are mainly guidelines that will help you position individual points and parts of the pattern. The black lines are the ones of the pattern itself. Use a sharpie to draw them.
If you need a more detailed description of drafting circle skirt patterns (or their variations), please follow this post.
Keep in mind, that you are going to draw one half of one panel. Make sure that you place the pattern on the fabric fold.
1. First, draw a long line near the bottom of a large paper and mark a point C on its left side. You will use it to draw the waist and the hem of the skirt (see the image below).
2. Label the line as Centre FRONT/BACK. From point C measure two distances: Radius at waist and Radius at hem based on the results from the gathered circle skirt pattern calculator (see the image below).
3. Using a protractor or this template, draw a long line under the corresponding angle for the selected circle skirt. This line will be its side side seam.
4. Using a pair of compasses or string and pencil, draw the skirt waist and hem (see the image below).
5. Draw the side seam and PANCEL CENTRE line. see the image below).