easy to sew skirt with attached shorts


My daughter loves wearing skirts and I can’t blame her. They’re comfy, cool, and totally adorable. However, she also loves climbing, spinning, and running around, which means she ends up flashing her My Little Pony undies rather more often than I’d like. Last summer I made her a skirt with attached shorts, which she’s worn to death. I wanted to make more this year, but to make things even simpler I started with purchased knit shorts and just added the skirt part. Super easy and super quick!

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

I was able to make two skirts w/attached shorts in about an hour and they turned out so cute!

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

The best part of this method (besides the fact that it’s screaming fast) is that you can use whatever pretty fabric you want for the skirt without worrying about whether it’s stretchy or not. Just start with knit shorts (I got these white ones from Target), and add any lightweight fabric for a cute skirt. This pretty yellow fabric was actually a pillowcase (also from Target).

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

And this blue floral (below) is a cotton lawn from Jo-Ann Fabrics (hooray for pretty apparel fabrics!). Both these fabrics are soft and drape nicely, which makes for a really pretty skirt. You could also use quilting cotton, but the skirt won’t be quite as soft.

 

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

 

Now my daughter can spin, climb, bike, and run with all her brothers without having to worry about whether her skirt’s flipping up.

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

How to make a skirt with attached shorts (using purchased knit shorts):

Start by cutting off the waistband of the shorts about 3/8 of an inch below the elastic. Try to cut nice and evenly. We’ll sew the waistband back on in a minute.

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

Create a simple gathered skirt with two rectangles of fabric. Each rectangle should be the desired length of the skirt plus 1.5 inches and at least as wide as the girl’s waist. Mine ended up being 12 inches long by 26 inches wide. Place the rectangles right sides together and sew down the short sides, as shown below.

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

To hem the skirt, fold the bottom of the skirt up 1/4 inch, then another 1 inch and press, then sew. Then sew a gathering stitch all the way around the top of the skirt, 1/4 inch from the edge. Mark the center front and center back of the skirt. Then pull the bottom thread of the gathering stitch and gather the skirt until it is the same width as the top of the shorts.

Make a skirt sandwich: start with the shorts on the inside (right side out), then put the skirt on top of them (right side out), then place the waistband on top (inside out and upside down). Pin all three pieces together, matching up raw edges, and matching up the center front, center back, and sides.

 

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

NOTE: I find it’s easiest to pin the skirt and shorts together first, then to add the waistband on top and pin all three pieces together.

Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance using a stitch that will stretch (serge or zig zag).

Flip the waistband back up and iron the gathers down. Your skirt with attached shorts is done!

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

 

 

 

If you don’t want to start with purchased shorts, you can find the tutorial to sew a gathered skirt with attached shorts here.

Add fabric to purchased shorts to make a cute skirt with attached shorts - this looks so easy!

Comments

  1. 3

    says

    This is a great idea! I wish we had these when I was little. I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party on Sunday night at 7PM @ BehindtheSeamsSewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

  2. 4

    LCJinRoslynPA says

    Ha! Now you’ve got me planning to pull the sewing machine out of the closet!

    I think I’ll make a couple of these for ME! I ride a recumbent trike to work and back, and it would be great to be able to wear a skirt that didn’t flash oncoming traffic!!

    I’ll just measure the length of the bike shorts and add an inch or so to the length of the skirt panels..

  3. 5

    says

    Just made one for my six-year-old using hand me down shorts and an old toddler dress that was losing its gathers at the top. She loves it! Plus…it was FREE! 🙂

  4. 7

    Marie D. says

    Awesome idea, thank you 🙂
    But may I ask, is there a reason you make the sandwich instead of just sowing the skirt directly onto the shorts? 🙂

    • 8

      lEANNE says

      I’d guess the skirt is sewn in like this to make a tidier finish. You could however keep the waistband attached & make the skirt to the gather stage. Before gathering make a 1/2 inch hem at the top ( similar to the bottom hem ) – then gather the skirt and sew directly to the shorts just below the waistband. Make sure you stretch the pants when attaching the skirt otherwise your stitches will break if the wearer stretches the pants !

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    Virginia smith says

    Just wanted to give you a HUGE THANK YOU for your free patterns….I am a compulsive sewer for charities for Indigenous girls & boys here in Australia and always looking for new ideas….I have used your patterns many times & they always work out fantastic & are clearly detailed in your tutorials….thank you, Virginia.

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    LYNNE DUQUETTE says

    LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER, MY GRANDDAUGHTER LOVES HER SKIRTS BUT IS DEFINITELY NOT A LITTLE LADY WHEN SHE WEARS THEM. I MAKE HER SKIRTS WITH THE SHORTS ATTACHED USING HER OLD LEGGINS. SHE IS A SIZE 6X LEG, BUT A SIZE 3-4 WAIST. SHE WEARS THE LEGGINS AND THEN AS CAPRIS AND FINALLY, I CUT THEM INTO SHORTS TO PUT UNDER A SKIRT FOR HER.

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