Top Pattern Picks For Summer - 2017 Edition - Skirts

So we've done my summer dress picks lets move onto skirts! Skirts - both short and maxi lengths - feel like summer to me. And having the option of updating your look by choosing a different matching top each time gives you unlimited wardrobe options. Let's get into my top skirt picks.

Chardon Skirt - Deer & Doe

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Chardon Skirt - Deer and Doe | Image Courtesy of Deer and Doe

The Chardon skirt is a high-waisted, knee length skirt with box pleats. There are options for belt loops & a hem band so lots of room to play around with the style. The suggested fabrics for this skirt are light weight twill, denim, linen, chambray or cotton sateen. A great everyday summer skirt that could quickly become a wardrobe staple. 

Cascade Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Cascade Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Megan Nielsen Patterns

The Cascade skirt is a beautiful full wrap skirt with a graduated, dipped hem which 'cascades' along the hemline. It has a beautifully feminine silhouette and is perfect for light weight fabrics with plenty of drape. The pattern comes with three waistband options - button up, front ties or back ties - and also has instructions for optional lining if you are using sheer fabrics. This pattern is definitely on my shortlist this year.

Kelly Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Kelly Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Megan Nielsen Patterns

The Kelly Skirt has a very similar silhouette and design to the Chardon skirt in that it is a high waisted, knee length, box pleat skirt. This skirt however is button front and has scooped pockets. Suitable fabrics are the same as for the Chardon skirt.

Brumby Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns

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Brumby Skirt - Megan Nielsen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Megan Nielsen Patterns

The Brumby Skirt is a gathered mini or knee length skirt with scooped pockets, an exposed zipper & contoured waistband that sits on the natural waist. The pattern has three variations so has some versatility and works well with most fabrics. 

Laura Skirt - Seamwork

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Laura Skirt - Seamwork | Image Courtesy of Seamwork

The Laura skirt is a bias cut wrap skirt with much more structure than the Cascade skirt. It has an A-line shape and can be lengthen or shortened to suit your preference. As it is cut on the bias the skirt has a beautiful drape and can be made up in light to medium weight woven fabrics such as chambray, twill, linen, denim, corduroy etc. 

Seneca Skirt - Seamwork

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Seneca Skirt - Seamwork | Image Courtesy of Seamwork

The Seneca skirt is a simple elastic, drawstring waist, knit skirt. It features godet panels in the side seams - giving you the option to play around with some colour blocking - and has pockets. This skirt looks super comfy so I am very tempted to give this one a try. This pattern works best with light to medium weight knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch; cotton jersey, spandex & rayon blends.

Parkside Skirt - Sew Caroline 

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Parkside Skirt - Sew Caroline | Image Courtesy of Sew Caroline

The Parkside skirt is a cute above-the-knee, elastic waist skirt with in-seam pockets. It can be made from medium to heavy weight fabrics like denim, chambray, canvas or cotton or lighter fabrics like rayon or voile for a floatier, more feminine look. The best thing about this pattern is that it includes a shorts variation. Who doesn't love 2-for-1 patterns?!

The Picnic Skirt - Sew Caroline

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The Picnic Skirt - Sew Caroline | Image Courtesy of Sew Caroline

The Picnic skirt is a fun & floaty, high-waisted skirt with a subtle hi-low hem. Perfect for light or medium weight drapey fabrics like voile or rayon, this skirt is definitely on my summer sewing list and I can see it becoming a real staple. I would also love to hack this into a maxi skirt and think it would look so cute.

Lizzie Skirt - Sew Over It

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Lizzie Skirt - Sew Over It | Image Courtesy of Sew Over It

The Lizzie Skirt is a great pattern for someone just starting out in dressmaking however would be a great quick sew for more advanced sewists. The Lizzie skirt features pleats, in-seam pockets, an invisible zip, waistband and is fully lined. The pattern comes as a knee-length version however you could easily shorten the length to suit your preference. For a summer version of Lizzie I would recommend light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton lawn, crepe or even a broderie anglaise. 

Rae Skirt - Sewaholic

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Rae Skirt - Sewaholic | Image Courtesy of Sewaholic

The Rae skirt is another great beginner friendly pattern. It is a simple loose-fitting, slightly flared, elastic waist skirt with three variations included with the pattern for slightly different looks. The recommended fabrics for this pattern are light weight woven fabrics like rayon, cottons, linen or even a light weight chambray would be super cute.

Gabriola Skirt - Sewaholic 

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Gabriola Skirt - Sewaholic | Image Courtesy of Sewaholic

The Gabriola is a flared, A-line maxi skirt with angled panels around the waist to give a more flattering silhouette. It features a yoke - which you could play around with contrasting fabrics for a unique look - as well as a centre back zipper. The recommended fabrics for the Gabriola skirt are light to medium weight woven fabrics; rayon, cotton lawn, silk, crepe, linen blends & shirting fabrics. I would really love to give this pattern a try if I have enough time this summer.

Clemence Skirt - Love At First Stitch - Tilly Walnes

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Clemence Skirt - Love at First Stitch | Image Courtesy of Tilly And The Buttons

The Clemence skirt is from the book Love At First Stitch, and is another great beginner friendly skirt pattern. It is a gathered skirt with an invisible zip and waistband. For beginners it is recommended to stick with medium weight fabrics - chambray, poplin, quilting cottons - however it would look great in lighter weight fabrics - cotton lawn, rayon, crepe - for a more floaty feminine look. I have the Love At First Stitch book but I am yet to make this skirt. However after seeing Jess from Little Miss Lorraine make a lemon version recently this one has jumped up high on my list!

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