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DIY Half Circle Skater Dress | Raylene Harvey

DIY Skater Dress

In this DIY I show you how to make a half circle skater dress.

When I found this stunning floral print in a scuba knit, I knew I just had to make myself this skater dress. It can be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorize it – making it the perfect piece to transition from lunch with the girls to date night with a special someone! Check out this post where I made the same dress, but in a dark floral.

DIY Skater Dress | Raylene Harvey

Skater Dress – Made By Me // Faux Fur Coat – Old Khaki

DIY Skater Dress | Raylene Harvey

Photo Credit: Ricardo Harvey



  • Basic sewing skills
  • A fitted tank to use as your bodice pattern
  • Stretch fabric of your choice. I’m using a printed scuba knit. Pay attention to the grain, the stretch must go horizontally for optimum fit. You’ll need about 1,5 meters of fabric depending on your size.
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • The usual sewing notions – measuring tape, scissors, tailor’s chalk, etc
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger/Overlocker (Optional)
  • Needle for stretch fabrics – I’ve used a twin needle for the hems


Bodice Measurements | Raylene Harvey

Right-click the diagrams and choose Save as… to download the bigger version if the text is too small to read. Please note that these diagrams are not to exact shape or scale and these measurements should be used as a reference guide only. Don’t forget to include the necessary seam and hem allowances.

Half Circle Skirt Measurements | Raylene Harvey


1. Cut the half circle skirt. Use the half circle skirt diagram above for details.

2. Cut the bodice front and back using a fitted tank or t-shirt you own.

3. Cut the front on fold.

4. Cut the back “on fold” as well, but ensure that you a center back seam with room for seam allowance as indicated in the bodice pattern diagram above.

5. Pin and sew the bodice center back seam.

6. Place the front bodice on top of the back bodice piece, pretty sides of the fabric facing each other. Pin and sew the side seams as well as the shoulder seams.

7. Sew the center back seam of the half circle skirt.

8. Flip the bodice right sides out and place it inside the skirt. Match up the center back seams of the bodice and skirt, pretty sides of the fabric facing, and pin and sew the waistline all the way around.

9. Hem the raw edges of the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt. I’ve used a twin needle to give it an extra professional finish.

10. Give all your seams and hems a good press, and you’re done!


Use stretch needle.

Use thread for stretch fabrics.

If you don’t have an overlocker/serger, you can use a zigzag stitch and carefully trim the excess fabric.

If you’re unsure about the size, always leave extra room – it’s easier to trim it down and make it smaller to fit you, but it’s not always possible to make it bigger.

When sewing hems with very curved edges like a circle skirt, it’s advisable to make the hem as short as possible to avoid it puckering. I’ve overlocked my edges and flipped them over once, and stitched pretty close to the edge. You can use a zig zag stitch if you don’t have an overlocker and then carefully trim the excess on the edges, if need be.

Give all your seams and hems a good press to set the stitches and to make it look more crisp – if you’re scared of damaging the fabric, use a piece of cotton and place it over your dress fabric before pressing.


Do leave a comment below of any DIY requests you would like to see on my channel or this blog. Who knows, I might just feature your request!


I’m a self-taught sewist, so the techniques I show you in my video are things that work for me at the time the video has been recorded. It may not necessarily be the “industry” way, but it’s certainly an easy way, and I’m happy to share my learnings with you as I embark on this creative journey!

Comments (4)

    • Hi Veronica, that is a major compliment, thanks soooo much! Seems like the late nights of working on this post are totally worth it 🙂 xoxo

      P.S. I checked out your blog now and those metallic boots are to die for. I’m definitely subscribing!

  • Hello!!! I love the video and this post. I had a question about the presser foot you were using. Do you know the name of it? I noticed it was sewing trimming the excess fabric and I absolutely need that in my collection.

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    • Thanks, Nicole! I’ved used a serger/overlocker machine to do those edges – these machines come with a cutter. A tip: If you don’t have an overlocker/serger, you can use a zigzag stitch and carefully trim the excess fabric with your fabric shears or grading shears. You don’t get a presser foot for a normal sewing machine that can trim fabric like that, unfortunately, but that is an amazing idea, though! Hope this helps xoxo

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