How to Make a Tennis Skirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Simple A-line skirt pattern designed for knits
  • Cotton/polyester stretchable fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ball-point sewing pins
  • Ball-point sewing machine needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Waistband notions (as suggested by pattern)
  • Fabric marker

A tennis skirt is a short, breathable garment that allows the wearer full freedom of motion while playing her sport of choice; in addition, tennis skirts are designed to be cute and flattering. These skirts are most often made of a cotton/polyester fabric blend that allows moisture to be wicked away from the skin, providing maximum comfort and fabric breathability. Buying tennis skirts off the rack is expensive, but you can make your own for an affordable price. Even better, this is a quick project that you can complete in only a few hours.

Measure your waist and hips. Select an a-line skirt pattern and compare your own measurements to those on the back of the patterns. Purchase the size pattern you need for your measurements; if you are in-between sizes, go up a size.

Purchase the amount of fabric necessary for your size. Wash, dry and iron you fabric on a medium setting. Fold your fabric lengthwise with the selvage edges and right sides together and lay it on a hard surface.

Cut out the pattern pieces necessary for your skirt; consult the pattern directions to see which pieces are necessary. Place these pieces on your fabric and pin them in place with your ball-point pins. Cut out all the pattern pieces from the fabric.

Remove the paper pieces and pins from your fabric. Pin together your skirt as suggested in the directions that came with your pattern.

Place the ball-point needle in your sewing machine and thread your machine. Sew together the skirt as suggested in the directions. When sewing with your knit fabric, feed the fabric gently through the machine without pulling or it will stretch out and ruffle up at the edges.

Finish the waistband as directed by installing a casing and elastic, a zipper or a wide elastic band. Turn the skirt inside out.

Try the skirt on in front of a mirror to check its length. Mark the skirt with the fabric marker where you want your hem to rest. Take off the skirt and cut the skirt, if necessary, 1 inch below the mark you made.

Turn the skirt up 1 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and pin into place with the ball-point pins. Sew into place with a ½-inch seam allowance. Remove the pins and turn your skirt right side out.


About the Author

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Arin Bodden started writing professionally in 2003. Her writing has been featured in "Northwest Boulevard" and "Mermaids." She received the Huston Medal in English in 2005. Bodden has a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches English composition and technical writing at the university level.

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