Skorts are a pair of shorts made to look like a skirt. They can be very comfortable, but have the added benefit of being modest. Wearing skorts can prevent embarrassing moments on windy days or when playing sports. Skorts are particularly popular in tennis because they allow you to still look feminine. Because of the hidden shorts, they are also a practical choice in tennis as they tend to stay in place when you jump. Skorts are fairly easy to make and a great first step into sewing.
Take your measurements using the measuring tape. You will need to measure around your waist, where you want your skorts to lie, and around one of your thighs. Take a length measurement from your waist to your crotch, and from your waist to two inches past where you want your skorts to end.
Find a pattern to fit your measurements. Measurements are usually listed on the back of the pattern envelope. See the Resources below for some skorts patterns.
Wash and iron your fabric to prepare it.
Cut out your pattern pieces and lay them out over your fabric on the grain line, parallel to the selvedge edge of the fabric. Pin them down and cut out your fabric. You should have two front panel pieces and two back panel pieces, and an overlapping skort piece.
On the overlapping skort piece, create a hem by folding over 1/4 inch of the fabric all around and pressing it down with an iron. Sew the 1/4 inch of fabric down, backstitching at both ends.
Take the left front panel and the left back panel and pin them right sides together along the side seams. Sew them along the side seams, leaving a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
Take the right front panel, the skort panel and right back panel and pin them right sides together along the side seams, with the skort piece sandwiched between the two with its right side facing the front panel. Sew them along the side seams, leaving a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
Line up the inside seams of the two legs. Pin them together, and pin the two front panels and back panels together along the crotch to create a U-shape. Sew them together at a 5/8-inch seam allowance.
Multiply your waist measurement by 3/4. Cut a piece of elastic that length, and insert your elastic into the waistband you created, pinning and sewing the overlapping parts of the elastic. See the Resources below for more on inserting an elastic waistband.
Hem your trousers by turning each cuff inside the pant 1/2 inch and pressing. Fold the cuff fabric inside the pant another 1 1/2 inch and press. Pin and sew the hem down.
Sew a hook 1/4 inch away from the top edge of your skort panel. Lay the skort panel over your shorts, and where the hook lies, sew an eye onto your pant. This will ensure that the skort panel stays in place and covers the shorts.
Depending on your pattern, your instructions may vary. Always check the manufacturer's instructions before proceeding.
Tips and warnings
- Depending on your pattern, your instructions may vary. Always check the manufacturer's instructions before proceeding.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Ironing board
- 1 yard 1-inch-wide elastic
- 1 yard of fabric
- Sewing machine
- Hook and eye