The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

Long Skirts

These can be a blessing or a curse.  I’m short, so for me long skirts are really hard to do – not that it requires any massive technical skill, it requires a good and practiced eye.

But there’s help out there and here’s a lot of examples of how to wear a long skirt successfully.


Isn’t this pretty?….(click the photo for more shots).  This is a straight-forward classic look, but you do have to be careful with it.  The model here has accentuated her hips and shoulders and kept the sweater pretty trim and close to her body.  This is what you have to be careful when you’re wearing a fuller skirt – nothing boxy or full.

What she did here is really interesting…striped skirt stands out, but the layering of the jackets is really artistic.  She’s got the recessive color (black) outside (to give containment and reducing size to the top) and then the projecting color (white) on the inside so that it outlines the recessive color and causes the eye to move up and down (slimming the whole look and matching the up and down of the skirt).  This is a very practiced and advanced look, but that’s why it works.

Here are two classic examples – the one above is the see-thru (very hot) version while the one below is just straight and easy.


These are all from blogger fashionistas which is also a hot trend now, but give great examples of long skirts and how they work!!!

Or like this

Both of these would work for a professional environment.

Sometimes it’s fun to think of these as a way to really project a freshness in your wardrobe without doing something outlandish.  It’s striking, it stands out and it’s very fashionable right now.

When the skirts come back up, just raise the hem, and you’ve got another whole garment.  One of the things I like about this style is that it’s easy to convert to a newer look.  In the meantime, you can have a really fashionable look.

One thing about making this to the floor, is that if you sew, your hem will be correct (you may have to get a friend to pin it for you), and another is that you don’t have to worry about proportion so much.  When you do raise it up, like to the ankle or lower calf, make sure you are wearing it with the shoes you will wear outside.  Also you probably won’t be able to interchange shoes too much, particularly if you’re short.  And there WILL be a sweet spot, but the shorter you are, the harder it will be to hit that spot cause it gets shorter with your height.

[private]For all you subscribers, do up a croquis.  This is one of the most valuable tools you can use to figure out your good length.  Remember how to do one?….here it is from the September Newsletter.  Make one up and then do different lengths.  I like to scan my croquis and that way I can print it out as many times as I like – maybe even multiple copies on one page.[/private]


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