Wilhelmina Tapkins (need_pins_les) wrote in egl,
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Skirt Fullness

Hi everyone! I've been having this discussion with some of my friends concerning the proper fullness of a typical lolita skirt, and I'm curious to hear other opinions on the issue.

What I notice in most of the photos (both brand and personal) of skirts and dresses, is that they don't really flare out that much at the hem. That is to say, they're wide enough to comfortably accomodate a petticoat, but that's where it ends. I know the suggestion for sewing is often to simply take your waist measurement and double or triple it for your hem circumference, but even three times my waist seems so restrictive. I mean, it *looks* fine, don't get me wrong, but am I the only one who prefers a bit more swish to their skirts? As someone who makes their own lolita clothing, this means I have a hard time judging the amount of fabric to buy as I can never decide if I'm being a little over the top with the amount of fabric in my skirts. This is also one of the reasons I have a hard time justifying spending so much money on some of the brand dresses or skirts I keep eyeing -- I'd hate to spend all that money only to have it not be as full as I'd like it.

So, I'm terribly curious to know what other people's personal preferences are. I'm not really asking what the Standard Lolita Fullness is, only what you would prefer in your own wardrobe given the choice and assuming that the fuller a skirt is, the more fabric goes into it, and the higher the price of the skirt/dress.

Poll #1368034 Skirt Fullness

How full do you like your skirts?

About 2-3 times my waist, just enough to give me that mushroom shape over my petticoat.
59(22.1%)
Well over 2-3 times my waist, I want my skirts to swish slightly when I turn.
40(15.0%)
I take one good spin and my skirts eat small children.
58(21.7%)
I don't have a preference, I'll buy the skirt regardless of fullness if I like the style enough.
66(24.7%)
Other (please expand in comments).
8(3.0%)
Thanks in advance everyone! :)
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