Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inspiration: Bell-shaped skirts


 I am in love with fluted skirts. I think this is a description everyone will understand, although it is also called trumpet skirt, bell-shaped skirt, mermaid skirt, peplum-hem skirt, fit-and-flare ...

Now, while there are a lot of young and slim women wearing this shape in different lengths, I think it is a great skirt for women with curves as well. My body is changing outward and I am in search for shapes that package those new curves nicely.  The flare at the hemline provides a great balance to curvaceous hips.

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I already got fabric laid out and all ready to start working on my version of the trend. It is based on my straight skirt sloper. I will be adding just a little extra width at the hem, and sew on the flounce, which is cut like a circle skirt. I will keep my hem just below the knee, and the flounce will be almost the same length as the main skirt.

What about you? Do you like this trend? Will consider sewing a similar skirt for this season. 

16 comments:

  1. I love this style of skirt! however, I prefer it with a subtle flute on the bottom formed with a circular piece of fabric or from the skirt being gored and not from gathers. I also believe that it suits curvier women as well as slimmer ones, but I find the second skirt is too overbearing for the woman wearing it. It really needs to have a balance between the width of the hips and the width of the flounce

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    1. I agree with you. I also prefer more subtle and more gradual flare which is best achieved, as you have already mentioned, with circular cutting. I have sampled both a 1/4 and 1/2 circle flounce for each of the two pieces (front and back) and feel that 1/4 gives the skirt more elegant flare, similar to godet skirts, while 1/2 circle is more dramatic, with lots of 'flare cones'. I think I'll cut the 1/4 and go for a longer flounce.

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    2. I can't wait to see the result! :)

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  2. I love your insight. Thanks for all you do for the sewing community. Somehow I never saw Part 2 of your blog about the peplum sleeved dress. I would really love to see the finished dress. Is it in the Burda archives somewhere?

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    1. Thanks for the nice words) You can see the finished dress here: http://www.coutureschmiede.com/2014/07/me-made-monday-silk-tweed-dress.html

      I was wearing the dress a lot during the summer. However, it is not one of my favourite dresses for some reason...

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  3. I do like flare skirts and wear them instead of pencil skirts. Among the examples I love the pieced wool, and both plain grey skirts. The pieced skirt was especially interesting because I haven't seen anything like it before.

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  4. I like this style and think that it is flattering to the aging curves. I plan to make one in a stripe this winter. Thanks for your insight on circular cutting size.

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  5. I love this style and have several in my wardrobe. It's flattering for my body shape of balanced hips and shoulders but not a lot of waist definition. A lines look bad on me but adding extra width close to my knees with this style doesn't. Looking forward to seeing yours

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  6. Looking forward to seeing what you design and how you do it. I did something similar at the bottom of a dress ( http://sewing-projects.blogspot.com/2012/07/silk-dress.html ), but I used a slashing method rather than starting with a circle.

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  7. I love this style and have a few in my wardrobe. I love how they move when you move :) BTW, I am going to do your pleated circle skirt for an upcoming Fubulous Free Pattern Friday post. There will be tons of links back to your posts.

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  8. Can't wait to see your skirt! I'm smitten with some of these.

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  9. Looking for good information and your blog http://itsinfoworld.com/category/fashion/

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