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.
How full do you like your skirts?