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.
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.
Drawing the actual skirt pattern
Once you have decided on the number of panels you are going to use and written down the results from the gathered circle skirt calculator above, you can draft the actual sewing pattern yourself. You can use these free printable angle templates for drawing the sewing pattern. Download, print, cut out the corresponding template and use it.
Follow these instructions and learn to draw one panel of the skirt.
To learn more about the construction and math behind this sewing pattern, please read this blog post.