Angola Skating Shorts


I promise all of my post won’t be me on skates going forward! LOL Though I don’t promise that there won’t be quite a few more skating outfits to come. If you’d like to follow more of my skating journey (for however long it lasts) check out my Skate and Sew IG page.

I made my top using my Cricut Maker and infusible ink! I know I owe y’all a tutorial and it’s coming, I promise. I’m just always making things and the last minute and don’t have time to record. I’m also thinking I should do a whole series going from an intro to vinyls to infusible inks. What do you think?


I’ve had these City Gym Shorts by Purl Soho pinned in my Free PDF board for a while now, but it took wanting some cute retro shorts to skate in for me to finally make them. These shorts are a FREE pattern so that’s already a win. They are designed for woven fabric and offer five sized that fit from a 33″-46″ hip. There’s also a kids version that fits a 19″-25″ waist so you can easily have a twinning moment with your little one.

There aren’t printed instructions, but the blog post serves as a photographic sewalong. Honestly the construction is simple enough that if you’re an intermediate sewist you wont even need that. I sewed the largest side and the sizing is pretty spot on as I’m a 45″ hip and these fit snugly.


Originally I wanted to make these in a bright color with white trim, but I don’t have many solid fabrics on hand. However this Angola print ankara cotton makes a bold statement which is what I wanted.

I used store bought bias tape because I’m lazy, but if you made a solid short a print bias tape from some fabric scraps would be really cute! I used just a tad more than 3 yards. If you start the bias tape about an inch away from the waistline you can make a 3yds (the length of package bias tape) work. Don’t worry the waistband will cover more than an inch at the waist.

One day I will make these out of a bright, stable knit(a light ponte or interlock) or even a stretch woven with white bias. I’d also love to play with some other fun trims, maybe pom-poms or fringe!


I didn’t need to make any!


Cute shorts, perfect to skate in!

Pattern:  Purl Soho City Gym Shorts

Pattern Description: Designed with a classic tulip hem and an easy elastic waist, these shorts have all the comfort and ease of traditional exercise gear but with way more style!

Sizing: womens 33-34,35-37, 38-40, 41-43, 44-46 inches | kids 2,3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10, 11 yrs (19-25″ waist)

Difficulty: 1/novice

Fabric Used:  Angola print ankara 100% cotton

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? The sewalong was clear

Did I make in alterations? Nope

Would I sew it again? Already have

Would I recommend it to others?  Definitely

2 responses to “Angola Skating Shorts”

  1. Love your shorts! Thanks for the reminder about the Purl Soho pattern. I just got the Fabric Mart post on your latest shorts version, very cute! Keep on skating…and sewing.


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