How To Make A Skort

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Today on Happiest Camper, I am finally making a project that has been requested a lot. I’m going to show you How To Make A Skort! If you are unfamiliar with skorts, a skort is a pair of shorts with an overlapping fabric panel made to resemble a skirt covering the front. However you choose to rock this forever trendy style, you’ll be sure to turn heads as you go by. The skort is a super comfy pair of shorts with an elastic waistband in the back for easy wear and all day comfort. This is perfect for those warm weather days or you could even wear them with leggings when it gets cool. This is a simple sewing project and the included free sewing pattern makes it quick to sew. I used some nice cotton fabric and I think they turned out great. They are great to work out in as well. If you have been looking for a fun new project to make, try out these skorts!

Skort Top Photo

Whatever the occasion, you can do all your activities in this style and feel free and comfy all day. Ride a bike, clean, garden effortlessly without the worry of being unnecessarily exposed. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started on this skort.

What You’ll Need:

skort supplies

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Chest343638
Waist283032
Hip384042

 This skort pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to length or shorten the pattern if required.  Two short lengths have been provided. If you need to adjust it more, check out our post Pattern Grading – How to Scale a Pattern Up and Down!

Printing Instructions

This pattern has layers, so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together. 

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your pattern should look like this: 

free skort sewing pattern

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut:

  • Shorts Back – Cut 2 mirrored
  • Shorts Front – Cut 2 Mirrored
  • Skirt – Cut 2 – 1 main, 1 lining
  • Shorts Back Waistband – Cut 1 on fold
  • Shorts Front Facing – Cut 1 on Fold 

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.

How To Make A Skort

use free pattern to cut out fabric for skort

Start this how to make a skort sewing tutorial by washing and drying your fabric. This helps preshrink your fabric and prepares it for washing later so that your stitches don’t pull out or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft. Once you have done this, use your pattern to cut out your fabric pieces.

pin & sew skirt pieces together

Pin the two skirt pieces right sides together and sew two sections labeled as “hem” on the pattern piece. 

pin & sew shorts pieces together at front & back of crotch

Pin and sew your two shorts front at the crotch. Repeat for the back shorts pieces.

pin skirt and front shorts pieces together

Pin the skirt and the front shorts at the waist and side seam both should be right sides facing up. When pinning ensure that the sewn seam of the skirt is pinned 3/4” away from the side seam. 

pin facing wrong sides up on top of skirt. Sew

Next on this how to make a skort sewing tutorial, take the facing and place it wrong sides up on top of the skirt. Align it to the waist and pin. Sew through all layers. 

Pin waistband to shorts & sew

Pin the waistband to the shorts back right sides together and sew. 

fold skort waistband wrong sides together  and fold it toward the skirt. Sew

Fold the waistband wrong sides together by 1/4” then fold the waistband towards the shorts enclosing the seams. Head back over to your sewing machine and sew.

insert elastic into channel you just made

Next on this how to make a skort sewing tutorial, we will work on the waistband. To determine what size elastic to use – divide your waist measurement into 2 and subtract 1”. Cut your elastic according to your results. Attach a safety pin to the elastic and insert it into the channel in the back shorts.

sew elastic in place

Baste the ends of the elastic in place. Also, use the opportunity to understitch the facing of the front shorts. 

finish raw edges

Finish the raw edges of the facing and fold the facing to the wrong sides of the short and baste it down at the side seams. 

hem

Now, hem all shorts legs by double folding by 1/2” and sew. 

pin front & back shorts right sides together with skirt piece in between

Next on this on this how to make a skort sewing tutorial, we will put everything together. Pin the front and back shorts right sides together (note the skirt will be sandwiched between both layers. 

pin and sew at crotch

Pin the shorts at the crotch seam and sew. 

finished skort

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a skort! Now you have the comfort of shorts with the style of a skirt. They are so comfortable and easy to move around in. Perfect for those warm days of summer!

If you liked learning how to make a skort, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Make A Skort

Skort Create Card

This skort is so comfortable and looks great!

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

  1. Use Pattern to cut out fabric.
  2. Pin the two skirt pieces right sides together and sew two sections labelled as “hem” on the pattern piece. 
  3. Pin and sew your two shorts front at the crotch. Repeat for the back shorts pieces.
  4. Pin the skirt and the front shorts at the waist and side seam both should be right sides facing up. When pinning ensure that the sewn seam of the skirt is pinned 3/4” away from the side seam. 
  5. Next,take the facing and place it wrong sides up on top of the skirt. Align it to the waist and pin. Sew through all layers. 
  6. Pin the waistband to the shorts back right sides together and sew. 
  7. Fold the waistband wrong sides together by 1/4” then fold the waistband towards the shorts enclosing the seams. Sew.
  8. "To determine the size elastic to use - divide your waist measurement into 2 and subtract 1” . Cut your elastic according to your results. Attach a safety pin to the elastic and insert it into the channel in the back shorts . Baste the ends of the elastic in place. 
  9. Also use the opportunity to understitch the facing of the front shorts. 
  10. Finish the raw edges of the facing and fold the facing to the wrong sides of the short and baste it down at the side seams. 
  11. Hem all shorts legs by double folding by 1/2” and sew. 
  12. Pin the front and back shorts right sides together (note the skirt will be sandwiched between both layers. 
  13. Pin the shorts at the crotch seam and sew. 
  14. Styling video

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