Mickey Balloon Skirt | Self Drafted

Background : This skirt was inspired by my last trip to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 2019 and the baby pink Mickey balloons against the blue Florida sky. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do a poodle skirt version of it? And that’s how the idea came to be.

Things used :

  • 2.5 meters light blue and white 100% cotton
  • pink iron-on vinyl
  • clear vinyl
  • pink Mickey button
  • interfacing
  • white ribbon
  • light blue invisible zip
  • matching thread


I always start any type of circle skirt construction by visiting my favourite circle skirt calculator website. It does the hard part for me, it calculates all the math of the waist radius.

From there, it’s as simple as sewing the the seams together at the sides and the back, making sure to add the closure of choice in the back. I added an invisible zip because they’re my favourite and I think they look nice and tidy.

I also added pockets in at the side seams because every piece of good clothing needs pockets.

The Mickey balloon was designed by me in Procreate and then taken in to my Cricut app where I could cut it from pink iron-on vinyl and apply it to the skirt using my iron. The clear part of the balloon was cut by hand from some clear vinyl and stitched in place over the Mickey shape using a long machine stitch. I then wound some ribbon along the base of the balloon and up to the waistband securing it in place using a zig-zag stitch.

The waistband was just my waist measurement with a few extra centimetres added so I had enough room for a button closure. I cut a rectangle double the height I wanted, interfaced it, folded it over and stitched it to the skirt. Can we take a moment to appreciate how cute the Mickey button in the back is? Talk about hidden Mickeys!

Difficulty : 1/5*
Time : 2 hours


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