Skirt Types – Skirts have been around for centuries, and different types of skirts have evolved as the length or width of the dress has changed. Skirt styles can be loose or tight. Skirts can emphasize the waist or adjust the hem.
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Types of Skirts
Design your skirt by choosing the correct pattern and fabric to create the perfect dress for your figure and fashion look. The following list is just the beginning of the types and variety of skirts available.
An A-line skirt is the perfect skirt for a pear shape (that’s just me!). This skirt is usually knee-length and triangular when held horizontally. It is an easy to sew option that works well with most fabric types.
The design of this skirt base on asymmetrical lines created by the cut of the fabric and different hem levels. An asymmetrical skirt is usually cut diagonally across the body to lower one side than the other. It is different from the hi-low dress, where there is an asymmetry in the front and back.
The pleated skirt is a type of pleated skirt. The box fold is obtained because two folds meet and form a hollow part. The same pleating pattern continues around the dress. Pleated skirts are often made from heavier fabrics to give the skirt volume and shape.
The bubble skirt billows at the hem because the fabric gathers into a strip instead of cuffs. This strip is carried out under the skirt so that the top of the dress “bubbles” above the ribbon.
The round skirt, sometimes called a skater skirt, is cut in the round. The fabric is attached to a tie that sits precisely on the wearer’s waist. The dress forms a circle when placed horizontally.
The halter skirt adds additional fullness to the area below the waist. Volume is created by cutting curved lines from the three marked points on the skirt pattern. Mark the significant points and the curve, then cut and edit accordingly.
The gathered skirt is a straightforward style. Dresses of this type gather at the waist. The fullness of the skirt determine by the amount of fabric in the skirt portion of the pattern, and the ruffles raised to the core. A pleated skirt can be any length, from short to full—ideal for light to medium fabrics.
Skirts with Ans and Leather
Godets and wedge skirts are full of flight and movement. A godet is a triangular shape of material inserted into a dress panel.
The cutouts inserts in a skirt with additional flare edges. A flared skirt can start from the hip or the knee to add more fluff to the dress.
The scarf skirt is fun with stitches that hang when the scarf shapes tie and down from the waist. It is cut into a rectangle or square shape to achieve this look. Soft, draping fabrics should work. Otherwise, the buttons will stick out and create unwanted volume on the skirt.
The high/low skirt is exactly what its name describes. The front of the dress is higher than the back, creating a high-low effect. This skirt best sew with soft, flowing fabrics. The examples below make of viscose voile, which gives the skirt movement and elegance when walking. The difference between the front and back can understand or quite significant. Some high-waisted skirts are so low in the back that they become a train that falls behind the body.
High Rise Skirt
The main eye of this skirt is the high waist. This stripe gives volume to the dress and is usually a decorative element of this style. High-waisted skirts can create with elastic or flat ribbons, as shown in the photo to the right. They can also combine a fitted pencil skirt—high-waisted skirts best worn with a tucked-in shirt for a flattering silhouette.
Mermaid or Fishtail Skirt
A mermaid or fishtail skirt gives the wearer an hourglass shape, and the tail flares out towards the bottom of the skirt. This type of skirt mainly use for train back wedding dresses that can be short or very long. A mermaid skirt should pair with a fitted bodice to accentuate this design and create an hourglass shape.
The pleated effect of this skirt depends on the size of the wrinkles. Box pleats that flush the central part of the skirt are flattering. Pleated skirts are worn in different lengths and with pleats of various sizes.
Skirts with Slides and Layers
These edges are similar in the effect they create. Layers of fabric generate fluffiness and “looseness” of the dress.
Tiered skirts make up of attached layers, while tiered skirts can have layers lost to give them a tousled and ruffled look. Layered skirts are often found in girls’ and women’s clothing and can provide a loose, flowy and bohemian look. They suit many body types, especially if the skirt makes from a soft, flowy, draped fabric such as viscose.
Pencil skirts have become the preferred choice for women in the professional and business world. Dresses of this type cut straight to the desire length and form a rectangle when laid horizontally. Some may also taper inward at the knee area.