A girl walks into the fabric store with no shopping list, no kids, and no projects in mind.  She spots some cute chevron fabric and an idea is born.  Instead of just making another circle skirt (not that there is anything wrong with that) she decides to make a dress!  That girl is me.  And this is what I did.  Introducing the Circle Skirt Dress!!

I grabbed some pink dye for my elastic.

Dying elastic

I threw in a stained baby onesie while I was at it.

Dying elastic

Luckily I have a pattern piece I use for a circle skirt.  So that part was easy.  I attached it to the dyed elastic.  Make the skirt part first.

Making a circle skirt

I grabbed a shirt of Cupcake’s that fits her well to create a pattern from.

Creating a pattern

First I traced the shirt.  Then I measured half an inch all the way around and drew my second line to allow for seam allowance.

Making a pattern

I wasn’t too concerned with length since I knew I would be cutting the excess off at some point.

The first piece was my back pattern.  I traced that piece onto another piece of craft paper and drew a lower neckline for my front piece.

I lined up my pattern up on the fold of my knit fabric, making sure the stretch was going the right way (across the fabric, not up and down) and cut it out.

Cutting out fabric

And cut the front out as well.  I stitched the shoulders and the sides together with a half inch seam allowance.

Top of the dress

I then trimmed the fabric close to the seam.


I then turned under the neckline and arms in and stitched.  I didn’t fold under twice since I was using knit, which doesn’t fray.


At this point I brought in my trusty model.  She was thrilled to try on the dress so I could mark the length for the top (I measured her before starting, but I figured since she was available I should double check…….my measurements were spot on).


I marked where I wanted to attach the shirt to the skirt, then marked half inch below it, which is where I cut the fabric.


I slid the top under the elastic, making sure to line up the seam of my elastic waistband to the center back of the top and pinned.  Then stitched all the way around.

Attatching the top

I made a little rolled fabric flower and attached it to my top.  I put the dress on Cupcake for the second time in one day and this time she did not want to take it off!

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Don’t let her expression fool you, she loved the dress, she just doesn’t like to have her picture taken.

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See?  Much happier!!

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She just wanted to twirl around in it.

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And jump up and down in it.

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The girl that never wants to get dressed, who wants to wear her pjs all day loved wearing her new dress.  When I asked if she liked it she replied “It’s so cool.”

Cool enough to wear all day long, even though it’s sleeveless, on a cold and snowy day.


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9 comments on “Circle Skirt Dress”

    • The onesie turned out great! So much darker than the elastic since it’s cotton. The elastic is polyester, so it doesn’t dye as dark.

  1. Sooo cute!!!!! I think we need more info on dyeing the stained onsie!!!! (Bc I may have one or two of those around here! Ok like 10!)

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