“Honey, your New Yorker is showing.”
That’s what my husband said to me when I was struggling with what to wear on date night a couple of weeks ago. You see, I have this unspoken rule about not wearing shorts on dates. I know, its silly. I guess I just feel that if I am going out for a night without the kiddos, I want to get dressed up and feel pretty. Shorts don’t make me feel pretty. I love them, don’t get me wrong. I love wearing them to the beach, or just on a regular Summer day. But to get dressed up for dinner and have a nice drink? I’m not feeling em.
Big deal you say, just wear a dress.
Normally I would, and I would love it. The problem? We were riding bikes. We have recently started bringing our bikes to the boardwalk for date night, biking down the beach listening to the fabulous outdoor bands and stopping at the nice restaurants for drinks along the way. It is A LOT of fun, while still being ridiculously romantic. It’s my new favorite date night activity.
That’s when it hit me, I needed a skort.
Women’s Skort DIY.
**This post is part of a fun series called ‘the Great Pattern Hack’. The Great Pattern Hack is a two-week celebration of bloggers, fabric, pattern designers and creativity running from June 29th to July 12th. Co-hosted by Michael Miller fabrics and A Happy Stitch, each day of the blog hop, a blogger will ‘hack’ a pattern, using awesome patterns and brand, spanking-new Michael Miller fabrics. Each blogger is using an existing pattern but making it their very own. Unique in all the world.**
In order to make a great skort, I wanted a shorts pattern that had a lot of natural flair to them. The shorts needed to be streamlined at the waist (aka – no gathers or pleats), and naturally get fuller around the leg. After looking around a bit, I stumbled across the BurdaStyle Flared Shorts 07/2014 #112B, and thought they just might be perfect for this pattern hack. Here is what I did…
- 1.5 yards cotton fabric
- Invisible zipper
- Pattern for hacking: Flared Shorts 07/2014 #112B
- Basic sewing essentials
FABRIC USED IN PHOTOS:
- Skort: Seedling by Thomas Paul – DC6841-NAVY-D, peacock plume
- Madeline Dress: Seedling by Thomas Paul – DC6839-AZUR-D, growl
PATTERN ALTERATION DIY:
Print out and tape together pattern pieces as instructed by BurdaStyle for the Flared Shorts 07/2014 #112B Pattern found HERE. Once pattern is pieced together, follow the diagram below for the pattern alteration instructions. Please keep in mind, when working with a BurdaStyle pattern, NO SEAM ALLOWANCE is included.
1. Tape together the Upper and Lower Back pattern pieces together at the middle seam.
2. Repeat Step 1 for Upper & Lower Front pattern pieces. Place the Pocket pattern pieces along the side seam of the Front skirt pattern, aligning the pocket placement with the upper side seam and waistband of the skirt. (We are removing the pocket from the pattern, and want the side seam for the front pattern to fully extend to the sides.) Trace all around the new pattern pieces, adding seam allowance.
- Cut (2) Back shorts patterns
- Cut (2) Front shorts patterns
3. We will be using your Front shorts pattern piece to draft your Skirt Panel pattern piece. From the front center crotch seam, cut a straight line down to the bottom of your shorts pattern, removing the inner leg seam. This line will be your ‘Fold line’ for the front center of your skirt panel.
- Cut (1) Skirt Panel pattern on the Fold
- Cut (1) Waistband pattern as instructed in the BurdaStyle Flared Shorts instructions.
- Sew dart in Back pattern. Finish seam and press. Repeat for both Back pattern pieces.
- Place (2) Front pattern pieces right sides together, pin and sew crotch curve seam. Finish seams and press. Repeat for (2) Back pattern pieces.
- Hem bottom legs of shorts for both Front and Back.
- Turn the (1) side seam of the Skirt Panel 1/4″ towards the wrong side and press. Turn again 1/2″, press and sew. Hem bottom of skirt panel.
- Place Skirt panel on top of the Front shorts, matching up the raw side edge of the skirt panel with (1) Front shorts side seam. (The skirt panel should be right side up, and the shorts should be right side up). Pin raw edge side seams together, and baste stitch 1/4″ away from edge to secure.
- Place Back shorts pattern right sides together with the Front shorts, enclosing the skirt panel in between. Pin the basted side seam edge and sew. Finish seam. Press shorts open, and baste stitch the upper edge of your skirt panel to the upper edge of your Front shorts, 1/4″ from edge.
- Fold waistband in half wrong sides together matching up the long raw edge. Press. Pin waistband raw edge to the raw upper edge of your shorts. Sew and finish seam. Also, finish each edge of your open (not-sewn) shorts side seams. Sew invisible zipper into open side seam. *Please note, your front wrap skirt should be 3/4″ shorter than your Front shorts, and will not be sewn into the zipper. Finish shorts side seam with zipper. Lastly, flip the Front and Back shorts up, over the top waistband of the skirt so that the inner leg seams are right sides together. Pin, sew, finish seam, and press.
And you are finished!
***Stay tuned tomorrow for more absolutely ADORABLE photos of Madeline in her vintage style sundress, with all of the ‘Make this Look’ info that we love.***
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time…