The Skort Is Back — Here’s How to Make It for Summer!
It is time to step up your sewing game and your wardrobe for the summer season. Let’s do it with a DIY skort. Don’t be intimidated — this skort is actually quite simple to make. We suggest reading through the steps below a couple of times and even creating a tester skort with old fabric before you make the real deal. And if you’re worried that you don’t even know how to thread your sewing machine, we have an amazing Sewing 101 class that will take you through all the basics. Once you have mastered the art of the maxi skirt, head back here to take a stab at the summer skort!
– 2 yards silky or jersey fabric
– 1 yard pom-pom trim
– sewing machine
– fabric scissors
– measuring tape
1. Measure your body. First measure your waist, then the desired length of your skort, and finally the length of your inseam.
2. Now construct the shape of one side of the skort. It will look like a parallelogram with a backward J cut inside. Fold the fabric in half, mark the length of the shorts + 3 inches against the fold — this is measurement A. Multiply your waist measurement by 1/3 — this will be the measurement B. Measurement E will be your waist measurement multiplied by 1/2. Mark these lines.
3. Mark your inseam measurement perpendicular to the end of line B. Use this line to help create the letter J to connect the smaller top line to the longer bottom line. This will form the line of measurement C. Cut out two of these shapes.
4. Now you’ll need to cut out the wrap part of the skort. Line F should equal half of your waist measurement + a tail to tie. Line G should measure the desired length of your skort. From there, create curve H to connect these two lines. Cut out a small rectangle — this will be sewn into the other side so you can tie the flap closed.
5. Time to sew! Sew line C on both pieces of the skort. Open section D and pin together and sew.
6. Grab your scissors and cut line A. Pin G and the other half of the tail in between the two sides of the skort. Sew line A.
7. Cut elastic for your shorts. Measure it around your waist and subtract about 4 inches.
8. Fold down section B to create a 1-inch gap for the elastic. Sew almost all the way around but leave room to snake the elastic in. Once the elastic is in place, sew the ends together to create a loop and then close up the gap in the waist hem.
9. Pin and hem section E of the shorts. If you are working with jersey fabric you can skip this step.
10. Pin the pom-pom trim along section H and then sew. This part is tricky — take your time!
Grab your tape measure and start measuring. You are going to want to write these numbers down to reference throughout the tutorial. Let’s start constructing the shape! Fold the fabric in half, mark the length of the shorts measurement + 3 inches against the fold — this is measurement A. The +3 inches will be useful for the bottom and top hems. Multiply your waist measurement by 1/3— this will be measurement B (the top of the parallelogram) and measurement E will be your waist measurement multiplied by 1/2 (bottom of the parallelogram).
Mark the inseam measurement from the end of line B. Create a backwards J curve to connect the two lines.
Snip snip snip! Fabric scissors make everything easier.
Time to create the wrap! Line F should equal half of your waist measurement + a tail to tie. Line G should measure the desired length of your skort. From there, create curve H to connect these two lines. You also need to cut out a small rounded rectangular piece — this will be sewn into the other side of the skort so you can tie the flap closed.
Two sides of the skort + flap + small rounded rectangle to tie = time to start sewing!
Pin section C together and sew. Once sewn, the fold and seam should create a loop. Since you have two sides of the shorts, you should have two loops. Seems strange, but this is correct!
Now we are going to attach the sides of the skort together. Open section D, pin together, and sew. Remember to face the front sides of the fabric toward each other so you don’t sew your shorts inside out.
Your piece should be a strange U shape. Grab your scissors and cut down line A.
Open the skort. Section C should now be in the middle. Place your flap cut-out in between the front and back half of the skort. Line up the flap with the bottom edge of the short and the small rectangle with the top edge of the flap. Lay the front half of the skort back on top of the wrap flap and pin. Make sure you still have 3 free inches on top. This will be folded down for the waist band. You do not want your flap or your small rectangle to interfere with this seam.
Sew seam A on both sides.
Almost there! Fold down the section B to create a 1-inch pocket for the elastic. Pin in place and sew, but remember to leave a gap to snake the elastic through! Then fold in section E for a bottom hem — pin in place and sew.
When measuring with elastic, remember to give it room to stretch. You want the elastic to be 3-4 inches smaller than your waist measurement.
After the elastic is through, sew it together to create a loop. Then sew the gap in the waist hem closed.
Whimsical pom-poms are definitely the answer to this DIY summer skort. Pin it to line H and then sew. Take your time — this part was difficult.
Ta-da! Summer skort FTW!
All the steps definitely make this project look intimidating, but trust me, it is not! Read through them a couple times and even use scrap fabric to make a mini or full-size test version. You’ll fall into a rhythm and then will want to make summer skorts for all of your girlfriends!
Bringing the wrap back.
Patterned bottoms call for a solid top and bright jewelry!
Hehe! Fooled you!
What other summer trends would you like to see tutorials for? Share with us in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)