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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Long skirts for short people? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 11/2/12 2:11 PM

Last summer, my 5'1" daughter bought herself a long skirt, and was really surprised to discover that it made her look taller. I've read this elsewhere in the meantime -- that mid-calf length skirts make petites look shorter, but full-length skirts make them look taller. I've never tried this, but I might try making an ankle-length skirt to wear around the house in the winter and see how it goes. I'm still hesitating, though -- I can't picture that a long skirt would look good on a middle(+)-aged short, not slim person. Have any of you tried this and liked it?

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Date: 11/2/12 2:30 PM

I wear long skirts all the time

I've found that my best length is above my ankle, longer than that makes me look dumpy.

I'm 61, 5ft 4ins and somewhat on the wide side (I wish I could say wild side but that would be something else entirely )

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Date: 11/2/12 2:31 PM

Hmmm. I'm 5'9", and I love my ankle length skirts. I do know that mid-calf lengths are pretty much universally unflattering.

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Date: 11/2/12 2:41 PM

A long skirt is the only type I wear now, and I fit your description. I look short, squat and fat in a knee-length skirt, like I'm chopped into thirds. My legs are too short for the rest of my body, and since my knees are usually swollen (one perpetually), I'm always in flat shoes. When I was young and thin I still liked the look of a full-length skirt or dress to help lengthen me - it was either full-length or mini back then.

I would be apt to wear a midi-length with full boots though, if the outfit looked right to me. Haven't needed to do that in years, but wore that look often when I was working.

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Date: 11/2/12 2:45 PM

I couldn't believe how long skirts made me look so much taller, either. I had people who had only ever seen me in pictures tell me they had no idea I was only 5'2" since I didn't look that short.

I love the way they look, I think they're flattering on just about everybody. The only trouble I have with them is that I trip up the stairs when I forget to pick them up

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Date: 11/2/12 4:03 PM

I am 5'2" and I wear long skirts in the winter for warmth. Not quite ankle-length, but long enough to overlap my boots and not leave any leg exposed to the wind.

They are usually fitted at the hip and ALWAYS full at the bottom, for movement's sake. I like a bottom hem about 80-100 inches. I like Loes Hines Gore Skirts and Butterick 4136 (this one is longer on me than on the model)

I don't know if they make me look any taller, but I like the way they look :)

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Date: 11/2/12 4:07 PM

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I fit your description. I look short, squat and fat in a knee-length skirt

Not sure how to take that, lol. I actually like knee-length skirts (just a tad below the knee -- but if my knees were still nice, I'd wear them just above the knee, too). However, any skirt that hits closer to mid-calf looks totally frumpy on me.

I like that "above the ankle" idea. I find capris look good on me if they hit anywhere between the ankle and just below the calf muscle, so this would probably be true of a skirt, too.

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Date: 11/2/12 4:12 PM

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The only trouble I have with them is that I trip up the stairs when I forget to pick them up

Well, there is that. I actually like doing that "lifting skirt to walk" thing -- sort of dramatic and elegant, like you're a lady from the 19th century. (swish, swish, swish -- lol)


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Date: 11/2/12 4:44 PM

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Not sure how to take that, lol
I'm speaking for myself only here! LOL Many of us can be the same height, but with different proportions. I have a 3" shorter inseam (mines 26.5") than my good friend and we are the same height. She always looks nice in a knee-length skirt, I don't. I think FFRP has a page or two that talks about "same height, different proportions" regarding true petites vs. short. I'm a short, not a true petite.

Capri's look lousy on me, particularly the longer ones - they look like "high-waters". I don't have shapely legs any more, so it's best to cover them. I carry too much fluid in them now. Years ago, I liked all different lengths, but probably disliked the midi most on me, except when wearing boots - I didn't look chopped up but had more of a continuous line from floor to waist. Funny, I live in shorts all summer, and only have 2 pairs of capris.

I keep saying I need to make some skirts, and I really do. But since I rarely go out, I'm not real motivated... until of course I need one! LOL I only have one rayon skirt that fits nicely (it became ankle-length after laundering, so I didn't have to hem it ) - I should clone it somehow.
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Date: 11/2/12 4:54 PM



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I keep saying I need to make some skirts, and I really do. But since I rarely go out, I'm not real motivated...


This long skirt idea actually came to me this morning when I was getting dressed -- I put on a skirt, mostly because my casual pants are in need of washing, but I also like wearing casual skirts in place of pants sometimes. Anyway, that's when it hit me that wearing knee-length skirts around the house in the winter will mean wearing tights too. And I'm not about to get all dressed up just to walk around the house.

I'm not actually sure I'd wear a long skirt anywhere BUT at home. But that's just me being timid.

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