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.