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 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 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 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!
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!
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!
Today we’re starting a new series (because we love skirt series!) called 5 Skirts. 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 Smooth your Waistline!
Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt: Hip sashes can be added to any of the three versions. What’s so great about the hip sashes? They minimize and cover the stomach. An Axel skirt will have you looking as great in the evening as you did in the morning.
Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt: The neat feature of this skirt is the huge elastic waistband which accentuates the waist. Because it’s elastic, it’s like wearing stylish shape wear on the outside. Go ahead and order the extra large burrito, Quinn’s got you covered!
Jocole Yoga A-line skirt: Choose the fold over waistband when sewing any version of this skirt. Can you say double the tummy control? Or open the waistband up for extra coverage and control. Also, this skirt hugs your hips. Which means all the heart eyes on something other than your stomach as you sashay across the room.
Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt: The lines in this skirt are incredible. They have the effect of moving the eye across the skirt and drawing the eyes away from stomach with diagonal lines. Wearing a Jade skirt will bring you compliments over and over and over again!
Baste & Gather’s Syrah Skirt: This skirt has an option for a wide, ruched waistband. This feature adds visual interest and also disguises tummy rolls. Choosing the ruched waistband means choosing confidence!
There you have it; 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline! Now you can go ahead and wear a skirt…with pride!
Sometimes when we discover a skirt pattern we think it’s so awesome, we have to have it! That’s the way it was for Allegra with the Jade Skirt pattern.
The Jade Skirt pattern is created by Paprika Patterns. It can be made in 2 lengths, with or without an exposed zipper. Knit fabric is used. The Jade Skirt can be made in 10 sizes.
What is unique about the Jade Skirt is the folded front. It’s not too difficult to do if you follow all the instructions. First I practiced with the paper template given. Then, I watched the video to see it done live before trying mine. And you know what? I got it right the first time!
The other tutorial I used was on adding length to the bottom. I made View B, the longer one, so I only needed to add 1 inch to hit at Allegra’s knee. On a skirt like this, a tutorial is definitely needed.
The Jade Skirt pattern instructions are very thorough. The illustrations are drawn. I only ran into one little confusion; the fold mark on the waistband is very small, so I didn’t realize I was supposed to cut it out on a fold. It ended up okay, but because the waistband is shaped, next time I’ll be sure to notice that fold line. In fact, I’ve already marked it in bold letters on my pattern piece!
One surprising thing about the Jade Skirt is it’s comfort! A skirt this business like doesn’t necessarily make you think of comfort, but this one really is. The back of the Jade Skirt is plain with no fabric origami. Allegra and I couldn’t decide why. What do you think?
The fabric we chose to use for the Jade Skirt is perfect for that use. We got it from Imagine Gnats. It’s ponte de roma in charcoal.
The Jade Skirt is fully lined, and this fabric was perfect for both layers. With leggings and a sweater, this skirt can stretch across 3 seasons. (Maybe another Jasper Sweater?)
Now technically this isn’t a true selfish sewing week make since I (Audrey) sewed it for Allegra. But since Allegra cooked me breakfast and cleaned the house for a day so I could sew her this, I’m going to call it even! What do you think? Which side of this trade would you prefer?