Fourth of July is here, and it's time to update your little girl's wardrobe with the Star Spangled Skort - a FREE Skort Pattern for Girls. A skort is the perfect combination of shorts and a skirt - giving your little one the freedom to play and move around without worrying about exposing herself. We have created an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a skort for your little girl. Get ready to follow along.
Other Skort Patterns
If you're ready for something a little more advanced, you can also check out some of our our other skort patterns:
Free Skort Pattern for Girls: Star Spangled Skort
The first thing you need to do download your FREE Skort Pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. You can get it for free by signing up for our Newsletter - we'll send you a code. You can also get the code by signing up for our Facebook Group and looking in the group announcements in the featured post.
The pattern is available for sizes 2t-4t as that’s what works best with the fabric panel. If you are using knit for the shorts you may want to go down one size for the shorts for a bit slimmer fit. The pattern will print out on 3 pages. Tape it together along the dashed lines as shown in the diagram. Cut out 1 left and 1 right shorts piece. If you just want to make a skirt you can just leave the shorts portion out. On your pattern piece you’ll also find the dimensions for the skirt and waistband and a recommended elastic length. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
Star Spangled Skort Supplies
Grab your Supplies. The secret to this super easy skort is in the fabric. You only need half so if you have 2 little girls to sew for you’ll be all set with just one panel 🙂 Or if you like extra full skirts you could use the entire panel. You can use any fabric you like the panel gives it a fun pieced look. If you’re using another print you’ll need 1/3 yard. The shorts and waistband can be made from a knit or woven. A 1/2 yard cut will be plenty.
In this post, we will guide you through the necessary materials and tools required, as well as provide detailed steps to create the skort. And if you're feeling creative, we've also got some tips on how you can customize the skort to make it unique for your little one. So, let's gather our supplies and get started!
Let’s make a skort! All of my supplies were generously provided by The Ribbon Retreat
Skort Sewing Instructions
Step 1: Let’s start with the shorts. With right sides together (RST) sew the left and right leg together along the front and back rise. Make sure you leave the inseam open.
Step 2: With RST sew the front and back together along the inseam.
Step 3: Fold the bottom edge of the shorts up 1/2″ and hem. If you are using knits you’ll want to hem with a zig-zag stitch or double needle so the seams will have some stretch. If you are using a woven you’ll want to finish the top edge by turning it under 1/4″ or finishing with a serger so it doesn’t fray.
Step 4: With RST sew the short ends of the waistband together.
Step 5: With RST sew the skirt piece together along the selvage edges. I ended up using a 3/4″ seam allowance for this step which resulted in the print lining up perfectly in back so pay attention to your dots and adjust your seam allowance accordingly 🙂 Press this seam open.
Step 6: Fold the bottom edge up 1/4″ and then another 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press flat. Topstitch in place to hem. I used the edge with the blue dots as my hem.
Step 7: Gather the top edge of the skirt to match the width of the waistband.
Step 8: Slide the shorts inside the skirt and baste the top edges together. Make sure the center back seam (the side with the higher rise) of the shorts is aligned with your skirt seam.
Step 9: With RST slide the waistband over the skort. Line up the waistband seam with the skirt seam and sew together.
Step 10: Bring the waistband up and then back down inside the skort so it’s covering the seam allowance. Tuck the raw edge in 1/4″ and topstitch in place along the bottom edge leaving a 1″ gap in back for the elastic.
Step 11: Thread your elastic (I used 1″ no-roll) through the casing. Overlap the ends 1/2″ and sew together.
Step 12: Topstitch the gap in the waistband shut. This is a good time to tuck in a tag or loop of ribbon to help your little one know which side is the back 🙂
Step 13: Admire your new skort!!
How can you Customize your Skort?
Make your skort free sewing pattern unique by customizing it. Add decorative trims, contrasting fabrics, or experiment with different prints and textures. Adjust the hem length and waistband width for a custom fit. Enhance your skort with pockets or embellishments. Get creative with embroidery, appliqué, or fabric painting.
Thanks again for joining us today for our going over our free pattern for a skort. You'll find that our PDF sewing patterns are easy to follow and you'll be able to create something as a beginner that you didn't think was possible. You'll girls will love having the look of a skirt with a pair of shorts underneath for all of her adventures.
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