Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Athletic Skirt Tutorial!

I know how hard it can be to find cute, modest, but mostly affordable athletic skirts.  I've tried making my own on several occasions, and after many attempts that were "so so" at making them from scratch, I finally found the easiest way - and actually cheapest too! - of making an athletic skirt.  And it also wins the trophy of fitting the best!! 

What is it, you ask...

...they're made from a pair of running pants!

So, to get started, go to the thrift store and buy yourself a nice pair of running pants :)  Lol!  But seriously, that's where I bought mine.  So my skirt cost me a whopping total of $8.  Yes, please!  I'll take that any day compared to the $60+ modest athletic wear goes for on average. 


So, I'm going to try and show you how to take the pants on the right and turn them into the skirt on the left.  It is actually very easy.  It takes less than an hour to make one of these, and that alone is an advantage to doing your workout skirts this way.

So for starters, figure out what length you want your finished skirt to be.  Mine is 25.5"...

 ... so I added an extra inch to that for the hem.  This had me cutting the pants at 26.5" long. Here is the easiest way to make sure you cut both sides even:

Measure the full length of the pants...
Make sure to turn your pants inside-out :)
 These were about 40.5" long...


Subtract the length that you need to pants cut to from the total length of them.  So for me that was 40.5-26.5 which gave me 14".  Measure that amount up from the bottom of the pant leg.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!


Once you have cut one pant leg, use that bottom piece as a guide to cut the second pant leg, lining it up with the bottom edge, inseam, and outside seam.  This will ensure that both sides are cut exactly the same...


Once you have the skirt length cut, trim away the inseam, making sure to stay close to the stitching...


It should look like this when you're done...


Once again, make sure the skirt is turned inside-out, and pin the two front edges together as shown, trying to follow the general angle of the seam that comes down from the waste.  This will help to avoid having a strange bump where that seam curves out...


Repeat for the back edges...


Please note that you will not be going all the way to the bottom because the angle of the seam won't allow it.  We will be filling in that "triangle" at the very end.

Next, stitch along your pin lines, and then trim away the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4-1/2" from the stitching...


Fold up the bottom edges 1"...

Pin in place and stitch about 1/8" from the raw edge...

Now let's fill in these little triangles in the front and back...

Cut two rectangles from what is left over from the bottom of the pant leg, making sure to leave the hem intact.  They don't have to be any specific shape or size.  They'll get trimmed after we sew them in...

The following directions are to be used to fill in both the front and back triangles

Turn the skirt right side out.  Spread the triangle to its natural width, and pin it to the rectangle piece, lining up the hems.  Make sure to fold under the raw edges of the skirt as well when you pin it on...


Stitch 1/8" from the edge, pivoting at the point, and stitching 1/8" from the edge down the other side.  Then stitch 1/8" from the first line of stitching, pivoting at the point again, and stitching 1/8" from the stitching down the other side as well...


Turn the skirt inside out, and trim away the excess fabric, making sure to stay close to your stitching...

Turn the skirt right side out again, and voila!  You now have a finished athletic skirt!


Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or even any tips!!  I hope some of you might try this out :) 

Love,
Heather

2 comments:

  1. Can you really run in them? They look too narrow to go running.

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    1. Yes, you can! Just try to find a pair that isn't wind pants, but rather the stretchier jogging pants fabric. These skirts are usually the only thing I run in. I have one other athletic skirt that I made but don't like lol, so I stick with these

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