And don’t worry this is a quick and easy project! While it may look time intensive the secret is all in the fabric 🙂 I used a holiday banner panel to get a fun pieced looked without all the work. But you don’t have to let anyone know your little secret…
And while we’re talking about secrets I’ll let you in on one more 🙂 The Ribbon Retreat now carries korker ribbons! Yup…that’s right! All curled up, bundled into darling color combinations and ready to go. I used one pack of red, white, and blue and it was the perfect amount of ribbon to make 2 BIG bows! I cut each strand into five 3″ chunks and then used this tutorial to assemble them.
Let’s make a skort! All of my supplies were generously provided by The Ribbon Retreat
1. Grab your Supplies
The secret to this super easy skort is in the fabric. I used half of a Riley Blake Holiday Banner Panel. Yup 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. I chose to use a coordinating Riley Blake polka dot knit. A 1/2 yard cut will be plenty.
2. Download your pattern
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.
5. 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.
6. With RST sew the short ends of the waistband together.
7. 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.
12. 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.