Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mid-Calf Spring Skirt Patterns

Full skirts were really popular last year (and always will be "in" to me), but the mags are showing another feminine skirt shape for spring: the flowy mid-calf skirt.  I'd never thought of wearing this shape on the weekends:


Images from the February 2011 InStyle

What a chic casual-wear look.

The look isn't as voluminous as a circle skirt, and the pattern couldn't be gored, and definitely not pull-on.  New Simplicity 2257 would be perfect:


Love the pockets on McCall 5431Love:



The skirts in the coordinates of Vogue 8679 and Vogue 1132 would work  as well:



The full skirt would have to be balanced with a spare top, like:





What do you think about this look for spring?  Would you wear this length in your off-work hours?  I'll definitely be making this for spring/summer, perhaps in a lightweight chino or chambray.

20 comments:

montanachic said...

I would, or rather WILL, be wearing this length this spring!

a little sewing said...

I love that McCall's with the big pockets. Seems these would be easy to wear - not so long as to get in the way, but not short enough to worry about keeping covered while moving about.

toy said...

so cute, can't wait to see how it works out on you

Chapstick Fanatic said...

i love that first outfit. i am just not sure if it work for a petit frame like mine. but i say go for it!

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Katherine said...

I think this look requires waist definition (along with a smaller proportion on top) to keep from looking dowdy. I have no waist, so I'll pass. But those pockets are calling me....

Linda said...

I love long skirts but not necessarily on me. Being 5'3" they kind of overwhelm me unless I have on boots or high/high heels.

Nettie said...

I love this look!! I would wear the outfit shown exactly as is, platform sandals and all.

Karin said...

I actually used to wear a lot of skirts in this style for work. I am, or was, pear shape with a very small waist at the time. These days, I am a little older, and thicker in the middle, I don't know if these would look good one me. I might just look dowdy. As usual, being trim and young helps to pull off a look!

Gail said...

I love the look. My only reservation is being quite short 5'2", I am forced into heels to carry it off.

Kelli Ward said...

never really thought of this look, but i love the romanitic, i am just off to the farmer's market, feeling to the outfit. i like the fuller versions best.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Shoot this would be great for a casual friday workday look! So are you looking for fabrics to sew it up?

MushyWear said...

This look is a definite yes for me. I already have a couple skirts this length and I do wear them at home and when in casual mode. I love how they feel wrapped all around your legs when sitting on the couch or how they flow while walking!

knottygnome said...

yes i would definitely wear that style on weekends, especially when it's hot. there's nothing like a flowy skirt to cool you down.

Tilly said...

Oh yeah... I always thought mid-calf = frumpy but the way it's styled in that mag image at the top is really cool. It would still look terrible on me though as I'm so little!

Sheila said...

I love the look and back-in-the-day I sported the long jacket & calf-length flared skirt suits. Then realized I wasn't tall enough and looked frumpy & ventured away from the style. But looking at your inspiration pic especially the blk/gry/wht one, going with a shorter jacket & long skirt would work much better for me.

Carolyn said...

Those longer skirts will always look feminine and lovely... although imo only the Vogue versions hit the right length... the others are surely all too short to be called mid-calf! Camilla Belle's skirt is barely past the knee.
But I adore those pockets on the McCalls pattern too!
I have a couple of skirts in this length made for our summer just finishing, and they feel so flowy and elegant rippling around the legs in a summer breeze, lovely!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

At my height I just can't wear mid-calf (5' 1.5"), but I think I will be exploring fuller skirts.

Clio said...

I don't know. This is one of those styles that I always think looks good on others but just don't suit me. Not a flattering length for me, even at 5'9".

Oh, you may want to check out this pattern that was in Burda Magazine http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/012011-a-line-skirt

Anouk said...

I love it! And it doesn´t seem very difficult to sew up.
I think that this is a skirt that you can combine in each different situation to have differents outfits.
Just beatiful!

Little Black Car said...

Wow. These are very 1948, not that I'm complaining.

I imagine they're hard to wear if you're petite, but I'm not and I wear skirts this length all the time, fashionable or not.