Lace Yardage for Circle Skirts

Hello all! It has been a while since I have made a 3 yard circle skirt. I know that I used 6 yards on my 1950’s pattern. It was a dress.

If I use 3 yards of fabric, gathered at the waist, for a circle skirt-how many yards of lace trim would I need? I used to buy 6 yards, but I do not want to have any left over.

Thanks in advance!

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  • pretty 🙂

  • If you are gathering 3 yds of fabric to a waistband to make a skirt, you’ll need 3 yds of trim, but that won’t be a circle skirt. If you are making an actual circle skirt (which doesn’t involve any gathering), you’ll need to do a bit of math to figure out how much trim you’ll need. Waist size/3.14 = R. Solve for R. Add R to the length of your circle skirt and then multiply by 3.14. That’s how much trim you’ll need.

  • Stephanie is 100% correct about having to do a bit of math if you’re making an actual circle skirt vs a dirndl skirt. I love this dress! What pattern is it?

  • Thanks Stephanie, you’re right! Circle skirt is just that. I’m embarrassed now 😛
    Yes, it is a cupcake shaped skirt. It does not have the true dirndl shape. It flares slightly at the bottom.

    The pattern that I am using is a vintage 1960s Simplicity pattern #4337. ^_^

  • If you’re using a semi-gored skirt pattern, no amount of math is going to figure it out exactly – it totally depends on the degree of bias cut into the skirt. The really, really simple way, which will guarantee a good result, is simply to measure around the hemline of your pattern (remember to multiply by two for all pieces cut double or cut to fold). It’s tricky to measure around a curve; I find it easier to line up the edge of the pattern with the edge of a yardstick, and sort of roll the pattern along the ruler. Remember to buy a little extra – the give in the fabric and the give in the lace are not always the same and the fabric can eat up extra inches (maddening!). Also remember that you’re measuring the hem line, not the cutting line. Or just use the cutting line and figure that’ll provide that little bit extra automatically.


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