So, I finally jumped on the midi (mid calf length) bandwagon. I know that some women feel this is a hard trend to pull off. Even at 5'9", I had been skirting the issue! (Pun intended.) My problem with this style was not the length, because I've made dresses before in this style.
I decided that the full skirts with all of those pleats (God forbid gathers. Eeekkk!), at MY waistline are not my friend! No ma'am! However, I do love my full faux-leather skirt. But in my defense, it's shorter than a midi length -- meaning less fabric! And the pleats are stitched down from the waist. A sleeker, fit-and-flare circle skirt works best for me in this length! That's why I chose Butterick 5929, view C.
My formula for making this skirt work for me is to combine it with a form-fitting top -- tucked in. A button down or a close-fitting sweater would work too. Volume on the top AND bottom is not a good look for most women. You need to pick! And a waist-cinching belt. Snatch it in ladies!
And you MUST wear a heeled shoe. Seriously, there are no exceptions. Flats are simply not flattering with a skirt this length. And my number one recommendation would be a classic, single-sole, lady-like pump that exposes the top of the foot to give you a nice long-leg line. But since I had never worn these booties, I decided these would work. They're very light, being that the majority of the bootie is mesh.
And I added a my vintage mid-century Stylecraft Miami lucite purse that use to belong to my grandmother.
For me, I chose a leather biker jacket to top off this look.
Now a "review"...
This pattern is sew-out-of-the-envelope simple and beginner friendly. I added additional length and a lining. My fabric is this gorgeous orange silk twill from Mood Fabrics.