DIYs & Tutorials

Circular Ruffle Skirt DIY

March 3, 2012

I bought this bandage skirt at our local department store, Carrion, only to regret it soon after. The price was good and the fabric nice & thick, so I figured it would be great for lazy days. Not really. The risk of unintentional knicker exposure was waaay too high.

Aztec print bandage skirt

 I figured I’d add trusty ruffles to keep it PG13 and show you how I did it. Before you panic (flashback to the 90s denim skirts with a flimsy ruffle at the hem), Mary Katrantzou did it on her latest collection.

Mary Katrantzou FW 2012

Mary Katrantzou AW’12

What you’ll need:

A skirt

Fabric (I used 1 1/4 yards for 4 large ruffles)

Needle & thread

Measuring tape or ruler

Chalk to mark fabric


Pen or pencil



Measure the length of where your ruffle will be sewn. If your skirt stretches, like my knit skirt, make sure to measure it stretched out. Thiswill be the circumference of your inner circle. Divide this measurement by 6.28. The result is the RADIUS.

measureskirtFor example, if your stretched out skirt measures 13 inches, 13/6.28=2.07 radius. Now, cut your fabric in two, for two ruffles. Fold one of your pieces of fabric into four. Lay on a flat surface and pin it to keep it moving. This is when you’ll use the RADIUS measurement. Observe:

How to measure circular ruffleHold the tape measure from the upper corner (technically, center of fabric), and pivot as you mark the radius measurement all around. This is your inner circle. For the outer circle, measure the length of ruffle + hem and seam allowance from the inner circle all around. Cut through dotted line. The result will be a donut shape. Repeat the process for a second ruffle.

circular_ruffle2Once you’ve cut both your donut shapes, sew a security seam around the inner circle. This will keep the ruffle from stretching out. Carefully snip all around this inner edge, as shown in picture. Join both ruffles at the sides and turn.

Circular ruffles close-upYour ruffles are now ready to be sewn to your skirt. Place them upside down, right side of fabric against the right side of skirt. Pin at center and at side seams.

Attaching ruffles to skirtAs you sew down your ruffles, make sure to stretch your skirt. Otherwise, the thread will break as you slip it on. Hem the ruffles and you’re done! These are the actual, much larger ruffles I used for my skirt right before sewing them together:


If you notice, my ruffles are double and joined at the hem to avoid the annoying hemming. I also added 10 inches to the circumference to gather the ruffles for extra volume. This is optional. The final result:

Aztec print skirt with ruffle hem

Now go all Valentino on your clothes by rufflin’ them up!

DIY ruffle skirt outfit

  Skirt: Carrion, Rope necklace: COS, Tiger shoesies: Wild DNA

Wild DNA glitter tiger detail platform pumps

Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to ask!

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  • Reply Conexionrnp March 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Kicker Exposure, Lindsay Lohan style?
    Great Blog, by the way!

  • Reply Teny + Maddy's Handmade Jewelries March 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Loooove the skirt!!
    LOL @ knicker exposure.
    Loooved this tutorial!!
    The skirt is VERY CUTE!! I REALLLY LOVE IT & loooved how it turned out! 😀
    Nice job! 😀

    Oh btw, I’m following you on Pinterest!

    -Eliza 🙂

  • Reply Hanna March 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    the result looks great! it’s been way too long since I last sewed, maybe I should try this? I need to find myself a too short skirt first, though 😉

  • Reply dedeRIRIN March 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    i like ur shoes dear 🙂

  • Reply Miss M March 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

    the shoes…OMG the shoes! 😉

  • Reply Belinda March 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Yo se! vi la falda en Carrion y me tento el aire azteca, thank god, no le preste mucha atención porque no hubiese podido arreglarla como vos!. me encanta que hiciste los pasos con imagenes, más facil de comprender para nosotros los pocos iluminados en la sección de costura y confección. 😀

  • Reply Miss Fashiogger March 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Love your style and the shoes are absolutely FAB!!! Where can I find them?

    Miss F

  • Reply Jade Serina-Bioneda March 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Hi there Fabi 🙂 Once again, a very helpful DIY. The shoes topped off everything in your outfit, though. So gorgeous! Philippines says hi to Honduras, hehe.

  • Reply RoselyC March 6, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Just saw an article about your blog on Estilo and had to look it up. Congrats on the blog its a great and unique idea.

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  • Reply Sausan Hanifah March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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    Hello Fabi! I’m blogger from Indonesia (the same country with Diana Rikasari). It’s my first time visited your blog, and trust me, your DIY always helpful me. I really adore you, you have many brilliant idea. I became your follower, Fabi! If you have a times, u can visit my blog at :

  • Reply chocoandpink March 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    ypu are very creative dear…and i love your shoes… <3

  • Reply Vivid Virginia March 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    That’s really great. So lovely skirt 🙂

  • Reply Run With Fashion March 12, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Thank you Fabi for your awesome comments on my past posts! ♥


  • Reply Patti Graveley March 15, 2012 at 1:31 am

    amo este blog!!! haces que los diy se vean taaaaan faciles y los resultados siempre increibles!

  • Reply deniz saatçioğlu March 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    What a great DIY project! I love it. Can I share it on my blog mentioning you, if you don’t mind? I’m following your lovely blog by the way.

  • Reply Kaiti March 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That skirt is so awesome! I’m definitely going to try this sometime. I’m from America but I’m living in Honduras right now so I really get how hard it must be to stick out by being so fashion-forward and innovative in a place like this! I love your blog, keep on being awesome.

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