Patterns for circle skirts are readily available; just look for 1950's style poodle skirts (so named because poodles were a popular applique) in any pattern catalog’s costume section. McCall’s alone offers at least three options - 6234, 6101, and 5681.
McCall's 5681 is a good choice for the beginner. There are only two pattern pieces to cut. It has an elastic-in-casing waistband and is super easy to sew. Stitch two straight seams, add the waistband, hem - and you're done! It doesn't get much easier than that!
The envelope contains a pattern for a petticoat with a yoke in addition to the skirt. It so happens that the waistband also fits the petticoat, and you can use that combination to make a slightly shorter skirt. The skirts pictured below were made in that manner.
|black and white damask print cotton|
|black and white print that reminds me of a confessional screen|
|lilac cotton trimmed in black lace|
|same lilac skirt with bat pattern lace on top|
|purple panne velvet|
|white and black print cotton with grommet tape trim|