I have rounded up 26 styles of skirts to cover every letter in the alphabet and I tried to find a complimentary pattern for each. You’ll find that each skirt type has an example photo and a matching or similar pattern next to it. There are a few exceptions. Each photo has it’s source linked directly at the bottom of each picture. I hope it serves as a great project reference for you!
Just for extra fun, I will be assigning each skirt a favorite chick-flick movie, hobby, favorite food, and favorite color/fabric combo.
Now let’s learn our skirt ABC’s!
B: Box Pleat
E: Elastic Waist
Favorite Movie: Freaky Friday
Hobby: playing guitar
Favorite Food: Chinese takeout
Favorite Color/Fabric Combo: Bold Print Crepe
NOTE: This skirt is a more refined take on the handkerchief skirt. The more corners at the hem, the more woodland fairy style it gets.
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite Food: escargot
Favorite Color/Fabric Combo: Navy/White Striped French Terry
NOTE: “You clean up real nice. Sure don’t fit in down on the boulevard lookin’ like you do, not that you ever did.” -Kit
Q: Quilted (Old Meets New)
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
Favorite Food: Alaskan salmon
Favorite Color/Fabric Combo: Blue Quilted Polyester (check if pre-quilted fabric is double-sided or open filler on one side)
NOTE: Quilted skirts are genius. They’re a wearable blanket for cold winter days.
S: Silk Slip
U: “Ugly” Christmas
Favorite Movie: 12 Dates of Christmas
Hobby: baking for friends
Favorite Food: cherry chip loaf
Favorite Color/Fabric Combo: Christmas Print Cotton
NOTE: There is nothing ugly about Christmas. May your Christmas tree be as full as your skirt.
Y: Yoke Waist
Favorite Movie: The Holiday
Hobby: socializing with neighbors
Favorite Food: charcuterie
Favorite Color/Fabric Combo: White Wool Double Crepe
NOTE: You must be careful with exposed zippers. An exposed zipper can cheapen the look of a garment very easily. I like that this skirt has zippers in the seams as a decorative feature.
That’s the ABC’s of skirts!
I know this isn’t an exhaustive list. There are so many more styles of skirts, but I think it is a well-rounded collection. This list inspires me and I know I’ll return to it as a guide when I want to sew a skirt. Which skirts are your favorites?
Go get creative and make something you love!