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5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs

5 skirt patterns to lengthen your legs!

5 skirt patterns to lengthen you legs!

5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body.  Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Click on any photo to be taken to our review of that skirt pattern.

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Ina Skirt by Pattern Review:  You know the old adage about horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical stripes make you look taller?  That’s because the eye follows the stripes.  The stripes on the Ina skirt are designed to run vertically, making your legs look like they go on and on and on!

Jade Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jade Skirt by Paprika Patterns:  In the 70s women’s legs got longer.  Or at least they appeared to as hemlines rose higher and higher!  To add inches to your legs, make the mini version of the Jade skirt.  (midi version pictured)

Gabriola Skirt

Gabriola Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns:  Seemingly contradictory, a maxi skirt will also lengthen your legs.  And what better way to do it than with a swishy, flowy, maxi skirt made from a lightweight fabric like voile.  The Gabriola in voile, chiffon, or lawn confuses and delights the eye of the beholder into thinking you’ve got the legs of an Amazon!

Ladies Tiered Maxi Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tiered Maxi Skirt by Pattern Emporium: The tiers on this skirt present the maker with the unique opportunity to add to their height.  Choose complimentary fabrics for the different tiers, or create an ombre effect, and whammy!  You’ve grown a few inches!

Sewn by Skirt Fixation

Ladies Yoga Pencil Skirt by Jocole:  When a skirt hugs the body, like a pencil skirt, the hemline is almost irrelevant, and the subject becomes legs.  Specifically your legs and how long they are!

There you have it; 5 Skirts to Lengthen Your Legs!  Now you can feel confident about wearing a skirt…with pride!

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1920s Inspired Fashion

1920s Inspired Fashion

1920s Inspired FashionI’ve created a modern outfit inspired by 1920s fashion.  Alida is holding a monthly event called Sew The Show and this month she is inviting anyone to make something inspired by a show called Boardwalk Empire.  Not having a television, all I know about this show is that it’s set in the 1920s and the fashions reflect that.  I knew some about 1920s fashions and uncovered quite a bit more with a little research.

inspirationThe color blue was a standard color for dresses.  It was considered always fashionable to wear blue, perhaps a bit like our sense of the color black.

1920s inspired fashionI choose blue as the main color for my outfit.  And of course, everyone knows and has seen the role feathers play in 1920s fashion!  So I had to have the feather knit fabric from Bari J.’s Petal and Plume line.  I bought mine from Imagine Gnats, along with the plain navy knit pictured here.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationThis is the second time I’ve worked with Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric, and let me tell you, it’s definitely the highest quality knit I’ve sewn.  There’s has yet to be any pilling, the stretch and recovery is awesome, and pretty too!  I made the Hampton Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns.  This, like all Peekaboo Patterns I’ve sewn up so far was fast and easy to sew with professional looking results.  The contrast placket was a little confusing and frustrating, so before I sew it  next time, I’ll probably look for tutorials on how to make it easier.

1920s inspired fashionThe only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen the body and the sleeves a little to accommodate my long frame, which also echoes the 1920s drop waist styles.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationOne major fashion detail of huge importance in the 1920s was lines.  The clothing in general had long and graceful lines or silhouettes.  Line was considered more important than face or coiffure!  My nod to that 1920s fashion trend was to sew up an Ina Skirt from Pattern Review.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationYes, this is the 3rd time I’ve sewn this pattern (once for a gift, and once for ME!)  There is probably no skirt with greater element of line than the Ina Skirt, especially sewn in striped fabric!

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationAgain, it had to be blue, and I found this lovely lightweight but not sheer knit fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  Also the detailing in the godets at the bottom of the Ina Skirt again echo the 1920s drop waist styles.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationFor my final piece, I was inspired by the shoes of the 1920s.  Brocade and leather were a common, opulent choice.  While these shoes are majorly cool, I didn’t really have a need for brocade and leather shoes, and so turned to another accessory, a Senna Tote.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationTomorrow I’m going to have a full review of the Senna Tote, but today I’ll just stick with generalities.  My Senna Tote is made from brocade and pleather, both from JoAnn Fabrics.

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationThis particular brocade is so lovely on both sides, that I had to feature both of them in the Senna Tote.  I put gold, silver, and bronze in this tote to reflect the lavishness of the roaring 20s.  The wealth and prosperity among the affluent would definitely have included a Senna Tote like this one!  And of course my brocade Senna Tote required some shoe bling for a zipper pull!

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt FixationI edited the photos to have a vintage 1920s look, so here is an unedited one so you can see the true colors of the outfit!  And notice the little photobomber!?

1920s inspired outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Ina Skirt Gift

Ina Skirt for a gift

Ina Skirt gift sewn by Skirt Fixation

We just love it when we find a pattern that is so awesome, we have no qualms about sewing it up and giving it as a gift!  The Ina Skirt pattern is a pattern perfect for a skirt gift.  This pattern would be an excellent gift for a seamstress, or the skirt itself is a very loving gift in itself!

Ina Skirt for a gift

Recently, we made the Ina Skirt as a gift.  We ordered some fabric in colors we thought would suit the recipient, and sewed up the Ina Skirt.  Our Ina Skirt pattern review can be found here, but we sewed this version without adding any length (can you believe not everyone is 6 feet tall?) and made one small change to the waistband.

skirt gift

For the inner waistband, we turned the piece to the direction of the knit fabric which has the least stretch because this waistband can be a little loose, I’ve found from repeatedly wearing my own Ina Skirt.  Not a show stopper, by any means, but I wanted the recipient to love this skirt gift as much as I loved making it for her!

knit fabric skirt gift

The fabric I ordered from, and love the little metallic strip of silver running along the stripes.

skirt gift

The recipient of this gift loved it and had recently found the perfect top to go with it in a thrift store!  I just love when that happens…

skirt gift

I’m sure there will be many more Ina Skirts in the future…both for ourselves and as skirt gifts.  If you are looking for a special gift to give someone, and you have a skirt gift in mind, look no further than the Ina Skirt!  Give it to a seamstress to make herself, or sew one up for a non seamstress or someone you want to cherish!  Since we’ve sewn this Ina Skirt before, this one took less than an hour to make!

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Ina Skirt Review

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Have you seen the Ina Skirt?

Ina Skirt review

This skirt really fits the description we love to use when describing skirts as a blank canvas.  The Ina Skirt has so many desirable characteristics; comfortable, flattering, easy to sew, and fun!  We’ll address each of those separately.

Comfortable Ina skirt

The Ina Skirt is comfortable:

The skirt is made from knit fabric, so that just about sums it up in a word!  We chose some striped knit fabric from JoAnns.  The stripes on the fabric we bought run from selvedge to selvedge, and the picture on the cutting layout indicates the stripes would run the other way.  (We purchased the fabric before the pattern…)  But lacking any other striped fabric, I just turned all the pattern pieces so the stripes would run the right way, and it all turned out in the end.  This even took into the account that I added 3.5 inches to the length.  Another thing that makes the Ina Skirt so comfortable is the negative ease in the waistband that allows it to just rest on your waist/hips with no pinching elastic, scratchy zipper, buttons or snaps digging into your skin.  Comfy!

Ina Skirt by Skirt FixationThe Ina Skirt is flattering:

Okay, so when I tried the finished Ina Skirt on and modeled it for my husband, he really liked it!  But he also commented, “That skirt makes you look really tall!”  Well, in case I haven’t made it explicit before, I AM really tall.  Six feet of really tall!  So if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?  But the vertical stripes are very slimming.  You can’t see the waistband the way I’m wearing the Ina Skirt, but the stripes run horizontally to match the godets at the bottom, and look very flattering too!

Back of Ina Skirt

The Ina Skirt is easy to sew:

This was my first time to sew the Ina Skirt, and it took me less than 2 hours from printing to finish!  I even added a lining as my knit was a little see through.  I got the lining from this skirt that I’d refashioned when I was pregnant.  Next time (yes, another keeper!) it’ll take me even less time because I already have the pattern printed, tiled and cut out, and I’ve sewn one up before.  I’m going to suggest to Allegra that she make one of these for herself, it’d be a great pattern for her to try.  She did so great on her first time sewing a PDF pattern here.

The Ina Skirt Review

The Ina Skirt is fun:

This is where the blank canvas part comes it.  Taking the pattern pieces and turning them so the stripes go every which way is awesome!  And the bottom part has a sort of fishtail or mermaid effect in shape too.  So the two combined are just perfection!

We really enjoyed sewing up this Ina Skirt.  We were sewing along with the other ladies over at Pattern Review for the Ina Skirt Sew Along, and we can’t wait to see every other Ina Skirt.

Ina Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Don’t you just want to sew up an Ina Skirt now too?