Margaux Mays


Make it yourself: sparkly running skirt

So these sparkly running skirts are super hot right now. Of course I took one look at one and said, I can make that!

But in sewing, ruffles are not my friend. I struggle with making them even. So as an alternative I decided to layer two circle skirt patterns, angling the top layer for a mermaid/fishtail look. I found a wonderful layered circle skirt tutorial on Designed by Dawn Nicole. There are also some great circle skirt pattern tutorials out there. I won't get as detailed here with my project as this post on Made By Dana does an excellent job of explaining how to make circle skirts patterns.


  • 2 yards confetti dot fabric - 45" bolt (1 yard for each layer)

  • 1 yard 2 inch black elastic (preferably 1 1/2 inch)

  • Post-it 20"x23" paper for circle skirt

  • Pattern

  • Sewing machine

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Sewing pins

Determine your waist size and desired length. I decided on 10" for the length of each layer. The fabric is sheer, so I'm not concerned about the length being too short since I will wear a pair of capris underneath. I also determined my waist size to sit low on my hips, so it won't appear that short. Fold each yard into fourths and cut the circle skirts pattern from each yard.

While folded in half, use the bottom of the circle skirt pattern as a guide to cut the angle of the top layer of your skirt.

Use your waist measurement plus 2 inches to cut your elastic. Sew the waist band together. I fanned the seam out and sewed down as Dana did in her tutorial.

I missed taking a photo of this step; sew both layers together at the waist opening using a straight stitch. Pin the waist band to the outside of the skirt.

Sew the waistband to the skirt with a straight stitch. And that's it!

Now, I just need to decide on a race to wear this! Did you Make it Yourself? I would love to see a photo of your project! Share it here!