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Free Sporty Skirt Pattern with Skirting the Issue

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It is time for another round of Skirting the Issue - the month long extravaganza of using your gifts and creativity to give back.  Skirts are made across the country and given to those in the foster care system and other charitable organizations.  Huge shout out and thanks to Simple Simon and Skirt Fixation for organizing this awesome event.  For all the information about how to get involved, go HERE!

This year, I decided to go with a simple skirt that is easy for girls to wear and play in, and that is simple to make and not a fabric hog.  WOOT!  I came up with the Sporty Skirt, and I have the free pattern for you in sizes 5-8 HERE.  This skirt is perfect for school and play!


who doesn't love a great little pocket lining detail ;o)



Whip up a few Sporty Skirts for your girls and for those in need!



Construction:
3/8inch seam allowance

Without Pockets-

  • Cut 2 skirt pieces on the fold
  • Cut 1 waistband according to measurements
  • Cut 1 elastic according to measurements



  1. Lay your two skirts right sides together and pin along the side edges.
  2. Sew together.
  3. Match the short ends of your waist band right sides together and sew.
  4. Press your waist band in half, wrong sides together matching the long raw edges.
  5. Mark your waist band in quarters.
  6. Mark your skirt in quarters.
  7. Match the waistband to the skirt at the quarter markings, make the seam of your waist band match the center back of your skirt and pin in place.
  8. Sew the band to the skirt, leaving a 1-2 inch opening.
  9. Attach a safety pin to your elastic and thread it through the waist band.
  10. Overlap the edges of the elastic by 1/4 inch and stitch together.
  11. Sew the opening of the waist band closed.
  12. Turn the hem to the wrong side 1/4 inch and stitch in place with a long straight stitch or twin needle. (I like to serge my edge first for a clean finish.)

With Pockets-

  • Cut 1 skirt front on fold, cutting on the pocket line
  • Cut 1 skirt back on fold, cutting on the main line
  • Cut 2 main pockets (mirror image)
  • Cut 2 pocket lining (mirror image)
  • Cut 1 waistband according to measurements
  • Cut 1 elastic according to measurements

  1.   Line up the diagonal of your front Pocket lining with the curve of your front pants piece - make sure your fabric is RIGHT sides together.
  2.  Pin in place.
  3.  Sew along the diagonal from edge to edge back stitching at each end with a 3/8inch seam allowance.
  4. Flip the fabric so that your pieces are now WRONG sides together and press the diagonal of the pocket.
  5. Top stitch along the pocket edge.  (I had fun with a star stitch here, but you can use a straight stitch or a twin needle.)
  6. You can add an 2nd line of top stitching 1/4 inch from the edge if you would like.
  7. Take your pocket and lay it out so that the curved edges of the pocket and pocket lining match, right sides together, pin in place.
  8. Stitch along the curved edge of your pocket and finish the seam (serge, zig zag, etc...).
  9. Lay your two skirts right sides together and pin along the side edges.
  10. Sew together.
  11. Match the short ends of your waist band right sides together and sew.
  12. Press your waist band in half, wrong sides together.
  13. Mark your waist band in quarters.
  14. Mark your skirt in quarters.
  15. Match the waistband to the skirt at the quarter markings, make the seam of your waist band match the center back of your skirt and pin in place right sides together.
  16. Sew the band to the skirt, leaving a 2 inch opening.

  17. Attach a safety pin to your elastic and thread it through the waist band.
  18. Overlap the edges of the elastic by 1/4 inch and stitch together.
  19. Sew the opening of the waist band closed.
  20. Turn the hem to the wrong side 1/4 inch and stitch in place with a long straight stitch or twin needle. (I like to serge my edge first for a clean finish.)


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  • Lindsay on

    I love the pocket lining! It looks like such a cozy skirt, too!

  • ARi on

    super cute! I love the grey and pink and the stripes with the spots!


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