spring, summer

a new relaxed, everyday skirt

I am so excited to share my latest make with everyone! First, let me just start by saying that I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and our summers are HOT! I am constantly looking for new casual skirt and dress patterns. Skirts and dresses are just so much easier to wear on those hot days.

This past year I seen a lot of those relaxed, everyday skirts, typically made with french terry fabric. These skirts that I am seeing remind me of a pair of joggers turned into a skirt. Here are just a few examples from my Pinterest Board.


I was looking for a relaxed fit that skims the hips and goes straight down, just past the knee. I hadn’t had any luck finding a pattern, but I had the thought to hack the Mini Hudson Pant pattern by True Bias to make the skirt I had envisioned.

I had it all mapped out in my mind, but before I started executing my plans I decided to do a quick google search to see if there was a tutorial already out there and guess what, there was a tutorial already 🙂 Kelli with True Bias had a wonderful tutorial already written. The Hudson Skirt Hack, was exactly what I was looking to make and the tutorial was perfect.

Following the tutorial, I made a size 10 using the pattern for the Mini Hudson Pants. For the length, I cut the fabric one inch longer than the cut line for the capri length pants. As for fabric, I used a rayon, spandex french terry form my fabric stash.

I am really happy with the end result. I did choose not to include the drawstring, per my daughter’s request, but otherwise I think it looks quite similar to the inspiration picture.

Even though I did not include the drawstring, I did still stitch the waistband per the instructions in the pattern. I like the look of the stitched waistband, plus is keeps the elastic from rolling and twisting in the wash.

This was a very quick and gratifying project. I see myself making several more this summer for all of my girls. I might even make some for myself 🙂

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