For the past few weeks there have been a lot of shenanigans in our house…Shenanigan Skorts that is. This is the fantastic new pattern by 5 Out of 4 Patterns!
The Shenanigans Skort is available in both women’s and children’s sizes. Each pattern includes 3 skirt lengths with two hem options (regular hem and flounce). There are also several lengths of shorts for under the skirt. I am a runner and have bought many running skirts over the past 8 years or so. I always hate spending so much for them. I was so excited to see this pattern being released and even more so when I saw a kids version was in the works as well.
The first skirt I made was for myself. I made the shortest length “Sporty Spice” with no flounce. The shorts under the skirt are also the shortest length. I made sure to take current measurements before printing and was a little apprehensive to make an XS when I usually like to buy Medium running bottoms at the store. I trusted the measurements and printed out the XS. I appreciated that the pattern had both a printing chart and utilized the layers option. There were not that many pages to print and they all fit together with ease. I made my skort from a 1 yard cut of athletic knit fabric from Joann’s. I had no problem fitting all the pattern pieces on the yard of fabric.
I found the directions very clear. I first tackled the shorts. There is a gusset included with the pattern. I was a little nervous about how it would go in. It turns out it was very simple. I am glad I used it because I do find it very comfortable while wearing. I hemmed the shorts on my coverstich machine. Next I put the skirt together, easy peasy. The hem turned under nicely and was stitched on my coverstich. Finally I put the waistband in. That was all she wrote. This was a very quick sew!
The second skirt I made was for my oldest daughter. She fell in love with some black and grey athletic fabric I had used a few weeks ago for some workout leggings. I had just enough left for her skirt and waist band. I used black swim wear knit for her shorts. For her skort I went with the midthigh length. She said no to the flounce ruffle, which was ok by me since I was really short on fabric. She really loves this skort.
The third skort was just sewn up this weekend. We had a birthday girl in the house this weekend and were planning a surprise trip to Walt Disney World. I whipped up a Shenegans skort with knit cotton lycra for her to wear to the park. I made the mid thigh length and used the flouce ruffle. I really love how it turned out. It was very comfortable for her to wear all day in the hot sun and for the car ride there.
Overall, I am very happy with how all three versions of this pattern turned out. We have spent a lot of money at Target over the past few years buying women’s and girl’s running skorts. I am so happy to have found a pattern to make them myself that fits just as well. I have tried mine out on a 5 miler so far with no irritation. Next I am hoping to try a longer version with some french terry for a non-workout skort for wearing out to the ball field this season.
Right now 5 Out of 4 Patterns is having a shop wide sale of 20% off with code GIRLSSKORT, good through Sunday Sept 25. So hurry and get your copies while they are on sale!