May 21, 2015

Art Gallery Fabrics contacted me a few weeks ago about trying out some of their brand new solids knit collection for a project. I used some of their knits last year when making a dress for my daughter and making pjs for my kids and I am a fan.  Of all of the 4 summer dresses that I made her the AGF one is the only dress that didn’t shrink so much after multiple times in the dryer that it still fits this summer. So of coarse I said yes and quickly settled on their marigold colored knit called Sahara Sun. I wasn’t disappointed.  The color is beautiful and the fabric is that perfect in between knit with enough structure to hold it’s shape and not show every little ripple and underwear line, but still very soft and easy to work with. They were also kind enough to send me an extra yard to give away to one of you (details at the bottom of the post).

I have had this hack in mind for a long time and was excited for this excuse to go ahead and put it together. I used the Mini Hudson pattern for the tutorial, but you could certainly use the women’s sized Hudson Pant for the exact same effect.  In fact, I really want to make myself one now.

OK, let’s get started. Gather your pattern pieces together.  I am using a size 5T here. You need all of your pieces except for your ankle and calf bands.

Take your front pant pattern piece and put it on top of a plain piece of paper. Trace the top and side and about 1″ down from the center front top edge. Also copy the grainline and notches.

Move your center front edge to the left by 3/8″ (eliminating the seam allowance) and make a mark. From here draw a line down parallel to the grainline to create your new center front fold line.

Decide how long you want your skirt length and then add 1 inch for the hem and 3/8″ for the top seam allowance. I wanted a skirt that was 9″ long so the total length is 10 3/8″. Mark the bottom of your skirt perpindicular to the center front fold line.

And now to finish the side seam, draw a line parallel to the center front and perpindicular to the bottom, up to meet the side notch. That’s it for the front.

Now take your back pattern piece and just like the front, trace the top, side, and center back corner of your pattern. Copy the notches and grainline.

Make your new center back fold line 3/8″ to the right of the original center back cut line. Draw the new CB line parallel to the grainline.

Flip this page upside down and put it on top of your new skirt front patten piece. Line up the front and back side notches on top of one another and make sure the your center front and center back grainlines are parallel to one another. Copy the side below the notch and the bottom line from the front to the back pattern piece. Flip the back skirt piece over and trace the lines onto the front of the pattern.

That’s it. Your pattern pieces should look like this now:

You are going to go ahead and cut out your front and back skirt pattern pieces on the fold and also cut out your waistband, and all pocket pieces. Attach the pockets to your front skirt piece in the same way as described in the instructions.

Sew the front and back skirt pieces together at the side seams.

Attach the waistband and drawstring according to your pattern instructions.

Turn the bottom of the skirt to the wrong side by 1 inch and press. Stitch in place with a stretch stitch, zigzag stitch, or double needle.

That’s it! All done.

Like I mentioned above, AGF gave me and extra yard of this Sahara Sun knit fabric to give to one of my readers (U.S. only sorry). To enter, just leave a comment below. Make sure that there is a way to contact you through your profile. I will announce the winner via instagram on Sunday. Good luck!

*disclosure – I received the fabric for this post free of charge, but all opinions and reviews are honest and my own.

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  • Reply Kaitlyn Pallas May 21, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Love this tutorial! Can’t wait to try it out, for the perfect summer skirt! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Reply Sue Ostrander May 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Great pattern with a new twist. Tutorial is great. Thanks

  • Reply Stirling May 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    I love this! Thanks for the short lesson in pattern modification, it’s always so fascinating.

  • Reply Jen May 21, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    What a cute hack. And I LOVE that mustardy-yellow color!

  • Reply Emily May 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    What a great idea! Love my hudson pants!

  • Reply Kristie May 21, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    What a simple modification for a completely different look. How great would this be to throw over a swimsuit this summer. Or just another way to wear comfy pants that aren’t pants and make you look like you actually got dressed today!

  • Reply Tasha May 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    I will have to try this!

  • Reply Margo May 21, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    What a great idea! I love that little skirt, and what a great color.

  • Reply Phoebe May 21, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Love this idea! Great hack!

  • Reply Robin May 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Perfect timing for this tutorial. Great for summer!

  • Reply Megan May 21, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    What a great idea! I may have to try this.

  • Reply Heather May 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    I love it! super cute!

  • Reply Masha May 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Such a cute skirt and I love the color!

  • Reply Carol Johnson May 21, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    That skirt is so cute!! Perfect color!!

  • Reply Teri May 21, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    This is such a great idea! I definitely want to try it!

  • Reply chunzi May 21, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Great color, and great skirt!

  • Reply Catherine May 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    This is awesome! My two-year-old is not very girly, so I love finding patterns for skirts and things that aren’t all ruffles and pleats!

  • Reply emily May 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    i love the color. It has a global/vintage feel.

  • Reply JilyL May 21, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    I’m totally going to use this hack – thx!

  • Reply Megan @ TheGreenViolet May 21, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Wow! This is such a cute hack. I’ve been wanting to make some knit skirts for summer but a pencil skirt seems too restrictive and I’m not really an everyday circle skirt kind of gal. This is the perfect casual vibe! I haven’t bought the hudson pants yet because I was too lazy to grade them up, but I may just have to because I seriously need some loungey pants, this hack is adorable, and I love my southport dress, which was the first of your patterns that I’ve made and I was very impressed!

  • Reply Suzanne May 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    LOVE IT! My kidlet is going to be so cute in her skirt when I COPY YOU LIKE I ALWAYS DO. #notastalker

  • Reply Shannon Snyder May 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    You picked the perfect color! I’ve been craving something golden in my closet 🙂

  • Reply Clover May 21, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    My dtr has a similar skirt from gap that she loves. I would love to recreate it. Also really want to try this knit.

  • Reply Jennifer May 21, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Now I need to hack my Hudson pattern make a skirt! Love knit skirts in the summer…

  • Reply Marie May 21, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I love that color! And such a fun variation on the Hudson pants. I love the pockets so I’m excited to put them on a skirt!

  • Reply Denise May 21, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I have made, so far, 3 pairs of Hudson pants because they are FANTASTIC. Can’t wait to use this hack to dress my look up a bit 🙂 Also, that AGF knit is my favorite color, thanks for sharing – I hope to cozy up in it!

  • Reply Ness May 21, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Love this hack — and what a gorgeous colour!

  • Reply mjb May 21, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    I’d live in that on weekends!

  • Reply Lisa May 21, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    I think I can handle this 🙂

  • Reply Brittney May 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Such a good idea! I love a versatile pattern. I just got a yard of Art Gallery knit, it’s amazing!

  • Reply lisa g May 21, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    This is so cute! Love the skirt idea, and the fabric color is great!

  • Reply sorahart May 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Pretty fabric! Awesome pattern hack too. I would have never thought of this!

  • Reply Andrea S. May 21, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    What a great idea – I can’t wait to make my own! The Hudson pant is one of my very favorite patterns 🙂

  • Reply Debby May 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I think making skirts is one of my favorites. Love this idea!

  • Reply Kathy E. May 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Yours skirt looks so comfortable and easy to kick around in. Thanks for the review!

  • Reply Suzanne May 21, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Very cute!

  • Reply Alana May 21, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Very cute! I’d love to try this.

  • Reply Mary May 22, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    I love this skirt hack, and the gold color is to die for!

  • Reply Kathy May 22, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    I love the color too!!

  • Reply Liza Brost May 22, 2015 at 4:49 AM

    Love this tutorial! Definitely going to make a few…

  • Reply auschick in va May 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Johannah May 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    The Hudson pattern is quickly becoming an every day option between the comfy knit, the worksafe woven, and now this nice summer skirt. So many awesome options!

  • Reply Amber May 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Very cute!! And I’d love to try the AGF knits! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 soisewedthis@gmail.com

  • Reply Kat May 22, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Will definitely be whipping up one of these!

  • Reply craftyone May 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    my mom would love this color. not sure what she’d make

  • Reply Shelley C. May 22, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Oh, my! Love the pants, but the skirt is such a bonus! Thank you.

  • Reply Beth - Sew DIY May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Oh my gosh! I think you read my mind with this. I just posted a skirt on my blog today with an elastic waist and curved hem using my top pattern. As I was making it, I was thinking that I should have started with your Hudson pants pattern for the waist. I love it and I just might have to make one this weekend!

  • Reply Kristy May 22, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    What a great tutorial! Love this cute skirt!

  • Reply MaryLou May 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win this pretty fabric. Your tutorial is very helpful. 🙂

  • Reply --anu May 23, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    I have done something similar for my daughter from a leggings pattern with sweatshirt fleece. It never occurred me to do this style pockets, I’ve only seen kangaroo pocket on this type skirts. Definitely LOVE the pockets, I think I’ll sew one from thinner knit like yours 🙂

  • Reply Claire Ross May 24, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Thanks for a great giveaway. Lovely colour x

  • Reply Cait May 24, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Love this color!

  • Reply Ruby Dawn May 26, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    Having made several pairs of mini Hudson pants for the small children in my family, I would love to surprise the older girl with a mini skirt.

  • Reply jelly gamat May 26, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Khasiat gamat juga bisa mempercepat penyembuhan luka, mengaktifkan pertumbuhan sel-sel, membuat kulit lebih muda dan meningkatkan kecantikan.

  • Reply Masha May 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I don’t have an Instagram-capable device so I couldn’t comment there, but thank you so much for the giveaway win! I’m so excited to sew with the fabric.

  • Reply Show and Tell Meg May 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Love the tutorial, love the fabric, love the color! I’ve been so curious to try their new knits and I’d love to win some 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • Reply Ginger May 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Perfect hack! I love it!

  • Reply Jodi May 25, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    So cute! Love the color! Great job!

  • Reply JessZ May 25, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Love all the skirts I’m seeing these days! Can’t wait to hack my Hudsons! 🙂

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