We’ve Come Full-Circle, both in Season and Skirt

- - Pattern Making

Springtime – a time to renew, refresh and realize that we have officially made it through the winter chill for another year! No matter what the actual temperatures tell us, visions of circles skirts, Citi Bikes and a fresh bunch of tulips seem once again within reach. 

Piazza Sempione

Piazza Sempione

As we gear up to reintroduce our legs to the light of day, we thought it was a perfect time to introduce our new pattern making video, Full Circle Skirt. Search for “circle skirt” on just about any retail website and the variety of results demonstrate the number of design options you can add to your list by learning how to pattern a basic circle skirt. By simply changing up your fabric, your design goes from flirty and flouncy to a stand-out silhouette. Your options grow exponentially when you decide between a patterned or solid fabric and experiment with the length of your design. In our newest video, you will also learn how switching up your grainline will affect your design.

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Image from Style.com


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Though patterning a circle skirt is a relatively simple process, designing in proportion to a circle skirt can take some thought. Take several of the examples in this post – notice how the volume of a circle skirt is balanced with less fabric on top. In general, a more fitted top compliments (and highlights) a full circle skirt. The length and fabrication of a circle skirt can also determine the type of garment that will both fit and flatter when paired with it. Notice the variety of pairings with circle skirts in the Giambattista Valli  looks in the header of this post.  In the first look, the fabrication in silk balances the long sleeves with a voluminous circle skirt, while the brocade fabrication in the second look calls for a more fitted and sleeveless bodice to balance the circle skirt. Now, what will you pair your circle skirt with this spring? Other than a Citi Bike and a bunch of tulips, of course.

 Header images: Giambattista Valli on Style.com

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.