I declare it's skirt season. Last year we saw fitted pants trump all other styles, and this year we're celebrating skirts. They're all over the streets, and our independent designers have created styles that are smart, wickedly cool, and super wearable.
So if you choose to make just one piece, I recommend choosing a skirt. I feel like skirts are a very easy piece to wear. Wear them with blouses, t-shirts, sweaters and jackets. Pair them with boots, heels or sneakers… there are no limits to how you wear yours. How useful. I have narrowed down the number of skirt sewing patterns to 10 which I think represent the best of what is currently in stores.
The high street is full of skirts this season. With pockets, pleats, tulle and fullness, they delight me with their details. The most popular new hem length is the maxi, but it's not the floaty bohemian kind, it's the cool, structured denim maxis that reign supreme. The skirt seems to be the key to many of this season's looks, and you guessed it, we have a stunning selection of designs to compete with. We can sew our own, team!
Assembly Line is known for its clean lines and modern aesthetic, so if that's your jam, this skirt might be for you. The Asymmetric Midi features darts at the back to ensure a good fit and a curved waistband that closes with snaps. It will pair perfectly with the TAL Pleat Front Shirt or cozy jumpers, with or without tights, it will suit many different occasions. I particularly like the choice of plaid wool for a warm winter option.
Sizing: XS – L or XL – 3XL (approximately UK 8 – 18 or UK 18/20 – 28/30)
This one put me within reach. I just knew it was going to be good. The True Bias Blair skirt has a feminine look without being girly. The best part is that you have three lengths to choose from, with the longest looking great with a few buttons open. Blair is fitted through the waist and hips and has a straight fit through to the hem and there is an optional belt in the same fabric. The maxi length is very trendy and takes me back to a long denim skirt I had when I was younger and absolutely loved.
Sizing: US 0 – 18 or US 14 – 32 (approximately UK 6/8 – 18/20 or UK 16 – 34)
Another version that I was really excited about (as usual!) was the Bernadette Skirt from Friday Pattern Company. You can't help but gasp at the cute fanny pack that sets this model apart and wonder what you could fit inside it. The skirt itself has a lovely pleated front which gives you a little extra volume without being baggy and it is nipped in the back for ease of fit. Designed for mid-weight woven fabrics, you can play with the structure or drape to achieve a different feel. I think it would look great with sweaters tucked into the cinched waist.
Sizing: XS – 7X (approx UK 6 – 34)
Beginner sewers… I have something great for you and this one doesn’t even require pattern pieces. The Merchant & Mills Mathilde Skirt comes with a set of simple instructions to create your own zero or minimum waste skirt. This pattern includes only one pattern piece (for the pocket in the seam), all you need to do is cut out rectangles to your measurement and sew them. The deep elastic waistband and optional patch pockets add style to this simple skirt. Wear it with trendy Chelsea boots and a chunky knit sweater and you'll feel warm while looking cool.
Sizing: United Kingdom 6 – 28
The Maker's Atelier somehow manages to merge timeless and trendy style and this model had me excited the moment it arrived. Long skirts are everywhere on the streets this season and this model gives you all those details in a piece that won't age. The long skirt has a deep pleat in the back and an optional pleat in the front depending on how you want to go. The clever design feature is the side seams which are flipped forward to create an attractive silhouette, no matter how smart it is. Wear with a shirt for a casual outfit, a blouse for an elegant evening look or a shimmering evening top for festive celebrations.
Sizing: United Kingdom 4 – 20
Everyone remembers how much they loved the tulle skirt Carrie wore. Sex and the city (And just like that…) ? This pattern gives you the Carrie look in a very wearable (and fun) way. The perfect party piece, the Style Arc Miranda Skirt is made of two layers: the top is delicate tulle or chiffon and the lining can be made from fabrics or knits. It's a pretty easy sew, so you can still have it ready for the holidays and get lots of wear out of it. Wear it with a sweatshirt for a casual outfit or an Ogden tank for a party.
The Chanel exhibition marked a return to elegant, feminine costumes. Tweed is omnipresent on the high streets and matching skirts and jackets have made a comeback. The Bella Loves Patterns Dulce Skirt is everything you need in a stylish mini skirt. It has two darts at the front and back and has a slightly trapezoid shape. The skirt is fully lined with a sack lining and a separate internal waistband with bias binding at the bottom edge for a luxurious finish. Wear it with the Chanel-Esq Freddie jacket or the ultra cool Fran blazer.
Sizing: United Kingdom 6/8 – 18/20
The wraparound mini seems to be everywhere on the high street. A perfect style to wear with cozy knitted tights, this skirt will be fun to sew. The Puff and Pencil Clueless Wrap Skirt sits high on the waist and features two hidden snaps to close it. As someone whose coming of age the movie Clueless had a big impact on, I understand the reference and I'm here for it! It looks great in a plain fabric to show off the seam line but is almost irresistible not to sew it into a tartan or check fabric. The Puff and Pencil models come with QR codes for additional video instructions if you prefer to watch while you sew.
Sizing: XXS – XXL (approx UK 6 – 22/24)
Bias skirts have been a staple for a while now and are a very useful piece to have in your craft wardrobe. Whether you dress them up or down, bias skirts are both cool and stylish. They look especially good in satin fabrics, paired with contrasting chunky knits and boots for winter. The Tessuti Fabrics Evie Bias skirt is perfect for this look. The style includes two versions: the first features a reinforced waist and a side zip opening, and the second is a pull-on version with a scalloped elasticated waist. Or for a superb little party skirt.
Sizing: AUS 6 – 18 (approximately UK 8/10 – 20)
I leave you with what I think is probably the most useful and universally appealing skirt of all. The Atelier Jupe Stina skirt offers more than an average elasticated waist skirt. Inverted pleats (the front and back each have three inverted pleats) give fullness to the skirt without bulk. My favorite detail is that the pockets are hidden in a pleat in the side seam – you heard me… hidden pockets! I see this skirt is so easy to make and wear. I have seen so many of this style on the street, but none are as good as this pattern and you can choose the fabric to make it. I'm sold!
Sizing: EU 34 – 52 (approx. UK 8/10 – 24/26)
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