I am happy to announce the launch
of my newest pattern
for standard 18″ dolls.
Many of you know that I make
quite a lot
of custom Cheerleading uniforms
to match the uniforms of
the little girls that own them!
Here’s a recent example:
The basis of nearly all of these uniforms
is a simple skort.
Just on the outside chance that you’re not familiar
with the term
A skort is a skirt with attached panties or shorts underneath.
Skorts can be worn for ever so many things,
not just cheerleading.
A skort is generally shorter than usual,
and often more fitted.
The problem, for me,
was that I did not find any skort patterns
available and the only suitable
Cheer-type skirts I found tended to be
rather dowdy or over-sized
when compared to current uniforms for real girls.
I began to draft my own pattern.
Here’s an early custom uniform:
I sold a lot of these.
While the outer skirt has changed very little,
I’ve refined the spanky underneath for
a very nice fit.
I also examined an old skort of my daughter’s
and it inspired me to develop my
‘Invisible’ waistline method.
Look closely – there’s no separate waistband there!Besides a shorter length,
The pattern is cut such that the outer skirt fabric ‘rolls’
to the inside of the garment to form a smoother casing
for the waistline elastic.
Besides a shorter length, skorts are often more fitted
than a separate skirt might be.
It follows that the attached panty or short is snug fitting, too.
In the cheer world, panties worn
underneath, whether attached or not,
are often called ‘spankies’ ‘spanky shorts’ or ‘spanky pants’.
Here’s a closeup of what’s really going on:
You can see that my spanky pants have a modified boy leg.
I like to trim the leg openings with scallop edge
or pinkingshears, as shown in this picture.
These knit fabrics won’t ravel
and a hemmed edge would just add more bulk.
It would also take more time,
and I’m all about speedy sewing!
My sewing friends
have been asking for my skort pattern
for some time.
I’m happy to say that it’s finally available!
I couldn’t send Dolly out into the world
wearing only a skort!
The pattern also has instructions on a
skort with a standard waistband
separate spankies (that make great swim bottoms!)
and a bonus!
the Halteriffic tank top!
All of these pieces have variations
in lengths, waistbands, necklines and the like!
It’s not just for sport, either!
I really think you’re going to love it!
My girls sure do!
find the Super Skort Plus
in my etsy shop here: