Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bringing Back the Skort

Was the skort really ever in style? I am not sure, but I've always been a fan. Never mind that it's a style that's generally relegated to small children, grannies, and high school gym teachers, I think it's a garment of pure genius. For those of us who have never really been comfortable in jeans (please don't tell me I'm the only one), the skort offers the practicality of pants and the femininity of the skirt at the same time! I made this Simplicity 5173 recently as a way to reacquaint myself with the sewing machine since it's been awhile.

I made the top in this picture several years ago from the BurdaStyle pattern Retro Top, which was created by member Zahra and is still available as a free download on their site. The scarf is my grandmother's.

Here's a closer look at the skort fabric. I got a couple of yards of it at a thrift store for a dollar. I think it's some sort of rayon/cotton blend. 

I bought the pattern eight summers ago when I first moved to Philadelphia and rode my bike everywhere I needed to go. I've used it several times since then, usually in version C.

The underskort. I'll make such a good old person some day!


    I don't have any but I wear Soffee gymnastics shorts under all full skirts in the summer for treeclimbing/cartwheeling/wind-withstanding purposes; clearly I should just get over it and make myself the right clothing item

  2. Wow - this is a curious pattern to make in woven fabric ....I was glued to the post, intrigued to see the legs bit. I adore running skirts (aka skorts) & have made culottes, but seeing yours is brilliant - I can imagine how fantastic a piece of clothing it is for cycling above all. Nice one!! I am taken by the pleated version I have to say!

    1. Hi Scruffybadger, Thanks for stopping by! I'm a fan of those little running skirts, too. I've found that light fabrics with a good drape work well for this pattern. Rayon/rayon blends are perfect. Linen...not so good. Love your blog, by the way!