Golf knickers, also known as “plus twos” or “knickerbockers,” are a classic piece of golf attire that have been popular for over a century. While golf knickers can be purchased ready-made, making your own pair can be a fun and rewarding project. Here are the steps to follow:
- A pattern for golf knickers
- Fabric (tweed, plaid, or similar)
- Lining fabric (optional)
- Interfacing (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Choose a pattern: Look for a pattern for golf knickers at a fabric store, or search online. Make sure the pattern includes all the pieces you will need, such as the front and back leg pieces, waistband, and pocket pieces.
- Select fabric: Choose a fabric that is suitable for golfing, such as tweed, plaid, or a similar durable material. You may also want to consider lining fabric, which can add warmth and comfort.
- Cut out the pattern: Use the pattern pieces to cut out the fabric for the knickers. Make sure to cut the fabric pieces in the direction of the grain, which will help the knickers to drape correctly.
- Sew the leg pieces: Sew the front and back leg pieces together at the inseam, using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Then, sew the outer leg seam together using the same seam allowance. Repeat for the other leg.
- Add pockets (optional): If your pattern includes pockets, sew them onto the front of the knickers.
- Sew the waistband: Sew the waistband pieces together, leaving an opening for the zipper. If desired, add interfacing to the waistband for added stability.
- Attach the waistband: Pin the waistband to the knickers, right sides together, and sew them together. Then, insert the zipper into the opening in the waistband.
- Hem the knickers: Fold up the hem of each leg by 1 inch, and press it in place. Then, fold it up another inch and press it again. Sew the hem in place using a blind stitch or other suitable stitch.
- Add buttons: Sew buttons onto the waistband and at the bottom of each leg.
Here are some additional tips and tricks for making golf knickers:
- Take accurate measurements: Make sure to take accurate measurements before cutting out the fabric. Measure your waist, hips, inseam, and the length of your legs from the waist to the knee.
- Adjust the fit: If the knickers are too loose or too tight, adjust the seams accordingly. You may need to take in or let out the waistband, or adjust the length of the legs.
- Use the right needle and thread: Use a heavy-duty needle and thread to sew the knickers. This will help ensure that the seams are strong and durable.
- Add lining: If you’re making the knickers for cooler weather, consider adding a lining to the inside of the legs. This will help keep you warm and comfortable on the golf course.
- Experiment with different fabrics: While tweed and plaid are traditional choices for golf knickers, you can also experiment with other fabrics such as denim or corduroy. Just make sure the fabric is durable and can withstand the rigors of golfing.
- Personalize your knickers: Add your own personal touch to the knickers by choosing unique buttons or adding embroidery or appliques.
- Practice makes perfect: Making golf knickers can be a challenging project, especially if you’re a beginner. Don’t be afraid to practice with scraps of fabric before tackling the real thing. And remember, the more you sew, the better you’ll get!
- Press as you go: Pressing your seams and fabric as you go will help create a professional-looking finish. Be sure to press each seam flat before moving on to the next step.
- Use a walking foot: A walking foot can help feed the fabric evenly through the sewing machine, which is especially helpful when working with heavier fabrics or multiple layers.
- Consider adding belt loops: If you plan to wear a belt with your knickers, consider adding belt loops to the waistband. This will help keep your belt in place and prevent it from slipping.
- Practice your zipper installation: If you’re new to sewing zippers, consider practicing on a scrap of fabric before installing the zipper in your knickers. This will help ensure that the zipper is straight and smooth.
- Don’t be afraid to make adjustments: If you’re not happy with the fit of the knickers after trying them on, don’t be afraid to make adjustments. You can take in or let out seams as needed to get the perfect fit.
- Add a pocket for a ball marker: Consider adding a small pocket to the knickers for a ball marker. This can be a convenient way to keep your ball marker handy on the golf course.
- Try on the knickers before hemming: Before hemming the knickers, try them on with the shoes you plan to wear on the golf course. This will help ensure that the hem is the right length and falls at the appropriate spot on your leg.
|Wool Fabric||100% wool, sturdy||3 yards||$30||Fabric Store|
|Cotton Fabric||Lightweight, breathable||2 yards||$20||Fabric Store|
|Buttons||1″ diameter, matching fabric||6||$6||Sewing Supplies Store|
|Thread||Coordinating color, strong||1 spool||$3||Sewing Supplies Store|
|Elastic||1″ width, black||1 yard||$5||Sewing Supplies Store|
Measurements and Pattern
|1||Waistband||Waist + 2″, 1″ width||N/A||Add seam allowance|
|2||Front Panel||Waist to knee + 2″, 20″ width||Front Panel||Add seam allowance|
|3||Back Panel||Waist to knee + 2″, 20″ width||Back Panel||Add seam allowance|
|4||Side Panel||Waist to knee + 2″, 12″ width||Side Panel (2)||Add seam allowance|
|5||Cuff||Knee circumference + 2″, 5″ width||Cuff (2)||Add seam allowance|
Cutting and Sewing Instructions
|1||Cut pattern pieces from fabric|
|2||Sew side panels to front and back panels|
|5||Sew cuffs to bottom of knickers|
|6||Create pleats at waist and sew waistband|
|7||Add buttonholes and buttons to waistband|
|8||Insert elastic into waistband|
|9||Sew elastic ends together|
|10||Finish by trimming loose threads|
|Knickers are too loose||Add darts to waistband or side panels|
|Knickers are too tight||Let out seams or add panels|
|Cuffs are uneven||Measure and mark before hemming|
|Buttonholes are too small||Redo with larger buttonhole cutter|
|Fabric frays easily||Use pinking shears or serge edges|
|Washing||Hand wash in cold water, or dry clean|
|Drying||Lay flat to dry, do not tumble dry|
|Ironing||Iron on low heat, using a pressing cloth|
|Storage||Hang or fold neatly, avoid crushing|
|Repairs||Mend small tears or loose buttons promptly|