Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paisley DIY Part 2 & OOTD Options

You may remember my DIY Paisley Sheath Dress here.  I had a little over 1/2 a yard of that same paisley brocade fabric so decided to make a skirt out of it.  Notice the above-the-knee hem [ooh-ahh] LOL.  This is me making fun of myself :P  Up till now, I've only ever made skirts/dresses for below the knee but seeing Annie of Really Petite and Jean of Extra Petite alter their hem lengths has made me feel...more daring?

Top:  J. Crew Muse Tank, Golden Topaz, XS
(see it on Vicky of Vicky's Daily Fashion, Annie of Really Petite, and Liane of PetiteXXS)
Cardigan:  Lauren Conrad, XS
Skirt:  DIY Paisley Brocade
Belt:  Banana Republic, Studded 
(was a Medium so I punched many, many extra holes but I like that I can also wear this slung low on my mommy hips ;) )
Necklace: F21 - love it!
Shoes:  Ann Taylor Perfect Suede Pumps, Granite

Close-up of necklace:

So, question of the day: because not all petites are the same shape and size, do the same rules apply that shorter is better?  Where do you stand on hem length - above the knee, mid-knee, or below the knee?


  1. I'm a fan of above the knee skirts and dresses because it's more versatile in that you can wear flats and heels without look stumpy. But for dresses at the knee or below the knee, I have to rely on heels and platformed pumps to make it look more proportion.

    I like the variety of different hem lengths because it changes the feel of the dress. Like my lace dress, it hits below the knee, but because it's so long, it looks more sophisticated than if it was shorter. =)

  2. what a nice skirt! i like it. i definitely prefer above the knee lengt!

  3. I prefer above the knee skirt as well as I feel like it makes my clothes look like they're tailored for my size (instead of too big). i love this paisley pattern and i'm so glad to see you make a skirt out of it! it goes perfectly with the J. Crew top!

    cute and little
    come join the Color Brigade!

  4. I didn't notice the raised hem in your nautical inspired post, but I'm noticing it now! You look super tall in this shot! I credit it to the shortened hem ;)

    Of the 3 lengths, I prefer above knee length on you for fun and knee length for work.

  5. I really like above the knee length for you! The at the knee length could work too. I think that petite or not petite generally ladies with longer legs can pull off the longer lengths and still look in proportion.

    Really love the skirt with the tights!

  6. Beautiful skirt! Love the new short length on you. :) The dress's knee length isn't bad either. But I do think that the shortened hemline makes you look taller.

  7. My preferences for hemlines have changed over time. I used to wear them several inches above the knee, but now I feel that is too short for me at work. I still prefer above the knee, but I tend to hem my DIY skirts and dresses about 1 - 1.5" above the knee. I do feel it makes me look taller. I have a few skirts that are RTW and hit slightly below, and I think they look awkward. On you they all look good, but to enhance your height go with slightly above.

  8. you're comment was so sweet. luckily, i don't do much with my hair. it's naturally curly, so i can sleep with it wet. the downside is that i have to wash it every day :( so it's easy to do, but i do it often.
    cute necklace, btw

  9. Great outfit! The above knee hemlines lengthens your leg overall. The below the knee lengthens just the the top of your leg, but makes the lower half seem stumpy by comparison.

  10. Wait, what? You made that skirt yourself? WOW, you are talented!

    And may I say daring? Signing up for the mystery project! Love the spirit!

    Stay Happy and Positive!




  11. How are u so talented? I wish I could have ur talents!! Lol

    I love the Jcrew mustard top on u! Great outfit:-)

  12. Okay, If I could make dress like you, my life would be problem free. Thanks for sharing the photos and drop by me too when you have time.


  13. cool! I was just thinking that your jcrew mustard finds would be perfect with your brocade print DIY (but I didn't mention it in your previous post, hehe). The shorter hem really makes your legs look longer, and you got nice gams too, girl! yay for venturing to new hemlines for you! What I think is when you wear dark tights, the shorter hem looks better. I also like the mid-knee length, but I think it worked because in your picture you also had on nude-skin-toned shoes that helped lengthen the legs. So I'm thinking knee-length or longer skirts are better with the naked leg (and not with tights). but I'm loving this shorter hemline on you!

  14. Hi SPG! The skirt goes beautifully with your top. :) Great outfit.

  15. I think the best way to wear a skirt (for petites/short girls aka like me) is wear it above the knee. I don't mean wear a mini skirt like a tramp OBVIOUSLY, but it's much more flattering. If you wear a mid-knee skirt of a below the knee skirt it can kinda squeeze you and trick people into thinking you're "plumper" (hate that word) and shorter because you covering the knee makes you lose the curve your body naturally has. By the way, I'm using "you" in general, not you like you you, sorry if that doesn't make any sense! But now, on the other hand, if you wear a really long skirt (like the ones that go down to you feet) can be very flattering especially if you wear heels under it! Just makes you look taller I guess! Hope this helped, even though I'm sure it didn't!

  16. Stylepint - Thanks for the perspective on length and shoe height - I am still learning and those are great tips!

    Ping - Thank you for weighing in!

    Kileen - Can't believe I just found out that you also sew! You should re-start once you're not super-busy with wedding planning :)

    Cee - Aww thank you! Yay for looking tall - you're soo lucky to look tall regardless of hem / shoe height!! Those are good guidelines for hem length - it's going to be my new mantra :)

    Curls-and-Pearls - Thanks so much for the advice! I'm definitely not a long-legs type of petite LOL.

    Vicky - Thank you! I love that I can rely on all of you lovely ladies to give me advice on things like this :)

    Kerry - Thank you for your input! I have a weird point of view on skirts. I feel like with high-waisted skirts you can get away with 2-3 inches above the knee (at least on most ppl - on me, I still veer towards long lengths) bc visually, it just looks like there is so much more skirt than something that's low-slung and above the knee.

    Michelle - Envious about your hair still! I'm glad that it's low-maintenance and still looks so stunning :)

    Jen - Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting! I think you're right - looking at the below-the-knee pic, it just looks so much less flattering.

    20 York Street - Thanks for the kind words! Excited to learn more about the mystery project! I actually had a dream where the challenge was to wear a certain ensemble and also to make a DIY piece - weird, right?

    Annie - Aww, thank you for all your sweet comments! They always make me smile (and also inflate my ego just a tiny bit LOL).

    Ellinor - You have a great blog with so many inspirational photos! Looking forward to future posts :)

    Olyvia - Aww, you are so sweet! Good point about color of tights and hem length - I would have never thought of that!

    Jen - Hi love! Thank you very much :)

    Lula - Thank you for your thoughtful comment! It makes complete sense and is very helpful!! :)

  17. I'm jealous of your amazing talent. What a great skirt! I think the above the knee length works best on you. I've been trying to figure out lengths for myself, too. Husband loves the shortest length possible, haha, but that's not always the most appropriate for work for me. :)


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