The age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory.
When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement.
Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering!
A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning hourglass shape, high waisted and pleated or flaring mini or midi skirts will hide a chubby belly and draw some attention to those gorgeous legs.
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Worn at the waist, with fine pleats and a good flare. In effect, this is a circle skirt but with edge stitching or pressed-in ridges.
This skirt is worn at the waist, it’s narrow at the top, lightly touches the hips and thighs whilst fanning out toward the hem. As the name implies, it forms an A shape. It's a modest and versatile style, simple to sew and flattering on most shapes.
Sometimes shorter at the front, long at the back; sometimes short on one side, long on one side. The idea is that it reveals some and hides some, a balance of modest and not so!
A box pleated skirt will have multiple flat double pleats (with the fabric folded down on either side). It will fan out to a mini skirt, mid or full-length skirt.
This skirt fans out and is then gathered in again at the hem, creating a bubble effect. It can hide a multitude of sins in the booty area.
Usually made of lightweight, breezy fabric, this skirt is worn at the waist and cut in a circle. It can come in just about any length.
This is a fitted skirt with pretty draping at the hips, it can be worn short, mid or full length. It has the effect of widening the hips.
This is also known as a sarong skirt. Think of a full skirt that is gathered, draped or pleated to one side to make it more figure hugging.
Triangular pieces are set into the skirt gore seams to add fullness to a flared hem edge.
This skirt can come in various lengths, knee length, full length or mini. They are made out of strips of different fabric and often create a patchwork effect with many colors being used for a real gypsy lady vibe.
A popular option for school uniforms and high street fashion; this skirt has more than one pleat, often many, all facing one direction: left or right.
This fairy-like style is created from various layers of irregular, superimposed fabric. A great option for kids or ladies who are young at heart.
The name comes from the fact that it’s shaped like a mermaid's tail. It hugs the form from the waistline to the knees, below the knee it fans out. It has a lengthening and very sophisticated effect and is usually seen in evening wear, wedding dresses and in certain ethnic traditional dress.
Ah, what would we do without this one? A mini is defined as any skirt which leaves the knees revealed. How short you wear yours depends entirely on your taste and confidence, your intention (wink-wink) and the occasion.
Usually worn from the waist and flaring out to below the knee, mid-calf or full length. This skirt will have multiple vertical seams or gores, hence the name: paneled.
This is a pleated skirt which tapers at the bottom, giving the effect of a curvier form, although it's also a good option for hiding certain curves in the hip area, as long as they're not too large. This skirt will usually end at the knee and may or may not have a yoke waist.
This figure hugging skirt is popular in office wear…sexy whilst being modest at the same time. They lengthen the figure, running from the waist down to mid-calf or just below the knee. The effect is one of sophistication and elegance but you'll need to have the figure to pull this one off.
Usually a pencil skirt with a wide frill or ruffle attached to the waist which is known as a peplum, you may also see a peplum at the bottom of a bodice, especially in office wear or high street fashions.
Made of multiple circular layers, this skirt will add serious curves to a slim figure.
Single Front Pleat:
As the name implies, this skirt will have a single pleat in front, for no reason except…it can!
This is a gradually flaring skirt but it flares out like a trumpet, with a curve instead of straight out like an A.
Similar to the pencil skirt, only this one will be made of stretchy, figure hugging material and tend to end just below the knees.
This skirt usually falls to the knees, its folded over in front and slightly pleated, giving the effect of tulip petals, hence the name!
Made of flaring layers to add fullness, often ruffled and stiffened: this skirt is made out of tulle and a mix of other fabrics and sometimes just many layers of tulle. The tulle might be on top or underneath the other fabric and it will be ruffled to add texture and body. The tulle fabric might be replaced with nylon net or any fabric that will give the same textured effect. You’ve seen this on ballerinas and on Casey in Sex and the City.
These fasten around the waist with a button or tie and wrap around the thighs and waist, often revealing a leg through the slit. They can be worn at any length for a very feminine, laid-back, summery look.
A fitted band at the top of this skirt takes the place of an elasticised waistband, so this will close with a zipper. The fitted band may have a v-shaped or straight appearance and the skirt will flare out from beneath it.
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