A little while I ago, I shared a circle skirt I made out of an old sheet and thrifted zipper. After I posted it, a reader asked for a tutorial on putting a zipper in a circle skirt.
Now, what I’m about to share is neither revolutionary, nor is it even perhaps the best method. But it works for me! So without further ado, here’s how I do it!
- fabric, cut to be a circle skirt
- a zipper – I use a 7 inch zipper, but a longer one will work.
- thread and sewing machine
- zipper foot
- seam ripper
- Cut into your lovely circle, from hem to waist. Try your best to keep it a straight line.
- Note: You can either attach a waist band using your favorite method before you cut, or after. You can even attach it after you’ve sewn in the zipper, and add a button closure, like you see in the photo up top.
- Now sew it back up! With right sides together, use your machine’s longest stitch from the waist down to where the zipper will stop, about seven inches, and then sew the rest of the way to the hem at a regular stitch length.
- Press the seam open.
- Now pin the zipper along the pressed seam. The key is to make sure the center of the zipper teeth line up perfectly with the pressed-open seam. If you’re off, then the zipper will be slightly wonky.
- In the interest of full disclosure, my zippers may sometimes be slightly wonky…
- Now hand baste the zipper. While you can technically skip this step, I highly recommend it. I always get a much better finish, and the hand basting gives you a chance to double check that the zipper is aligned with the seam. It also keeps the zipper in place even better than pins for the next step.
- Now, using the zipper foot attachment on your machine, sew the zipper in place. Make sure to sew over the bottom end a few times so it’s secure.
- Once you’ve sewn both sides of the zipper, remove the basting stitches.
- Finally, the magic happens. Turn your skirt right side out and grab your seam ripper. Carefully undo the top part of your seam, the bit that’s hiding the zipper. Don’t rip out any stitches from the bottom of the zipper down to the hem – only rip from the bottom of the zipper up to the waist!
- And Ta-Dah! Your circle skirt now has a zipper!
- If you already attached the waistband, you’re good to go! Otherwise, attach the band and then add a button closure above the zipper.
Hopefully you find the tutorial helpful! If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck with your circle skirts!