By creating each custom skirt to each customer's body shape, we can cut and shape your skirt to scoop in more (or less) under your butt. Your custom skirt will remain comfortable because the measurements for the waist, hips, and thighs will not be affected.
Our pattern makers will calculate and reduce the amount of extra fabric under your butt to lift and sculpt your natural curves. You will notice an immediate difference in your silhouette when you wear your Rita Phil custom skirt.
You should have a perfect hem length for your body and we’ll show you exactly how to customize it. Our pattern maker will provide you with length suggestions based on your height and we’ll teach you how to take and give us your desired length.
Retail stores categorize lengths by petite, regular, and tall but what if you’re in-between their average heights? How can a skirt the same skirt be the same length on two different people? Stop settling for a hem length that’s “almost-right”.
Your measurements are only one factor in creating these custom patterns. The other pieces of the puzzle are: the proportions and the curvatures. For example, a 5’3” size 14 will look very different from a 5’7” size 14. (Size based on their hip measurements) And a woman with a 43-inch hip measurement could have broad hips on the side, while another woman who also has a 43-inch hip measurement could have no side hips and instead have a prominent butt.
There are quite a few areas that are adjusted, based on each person’s measurements, curvature, proportions, height and the style of the skirt. Some of the key items are the Rita Phil Enhancing Seam, back darts, front darts, waistband and length. In addition to these areas, and what truly differentiates each skirt, is the curvature used for the outline of the overall pattern. This is why we need your measurements as well as your body profile pictures. Our team of pattern makers and tailors analyze your curves in detail – something that a machine cannot do because each person’s curves are truly unique.
Your natural waist is the narrowest part of your torso. Placing your waistband at your natural waist will create the illusion of a smaller waistline by emphasizing the leanest part of your body. Most store-bought skirts have waistbands that sit right at or below your belly button. This is the most unflattering placement for the waistband because it pulls attention to a wider part of your body. Instantly look a size smaller by simply moving your waistband.
All Rita Phil skirts are made with premium cotton blends that are structured enough to hold a precise drape -- with just enough stretch for all-day comfort. All our fabrics are meticulously curated, tested and pre-treated, giving you a skirt with as much endurance as you have – even when you go for that double macchiato!
Lining fabric is just as important as the main fabric. When you put on a Rita Phil skirt, it will literally glide on. The satin finish on our lining gives you that luxurious softness that makes every step you take feel like you’re walking the red carpet. And our broad selection includes bold statement colors to classic basics, so you can put a bit of your personality into your custom skirt, similar to how men add their lining of choice to their suit jackets (why do men get to have all the fun, right?).
Customize your skirt by mixing and matching your fabrics options. Go for a classic look by pairing your black skirt with a black or gray satin lining, or get creative and pair it with a bright yellow or pink lining. It’s these details that make each skirt unique in their own special way.
Darts are folded wedges of fabric that are taken-in on the waistline of a skirt to create the shape and drape. Every pencil skirt has darts somewhere along the waistline – some are in front, others are in the back.
There are several characteristics that differentiate Rita Phil darts: the placement (front, back or both), the number of darts, the length and the angle. As always, your combination of dart details will be unique, in order to properly fit your measurements, proportions and curvature.
Using the same example of the woman with a 43-inch hip measurement. If this woman has broad side hips with little in the butt area, her skirt would have two darts, with the length of the dart based on her height and her butt curvature (based on the image she sends us). If this woman has only slight curves on the side with a prominent butt, then her skirt would have four darts, of varying lengths. The angle of the longer darts would point slightly inward, which helps to create the illusion of a slimmer, perkier butt. The actual angle and length of each dart would also depend on her body’s curvature.
Front darts are added to the front of the skirt to provide tummy pooches with storage space. By providing extra space in this area, front darts prevent the front of the skirt from pulling and tugging. Front darts require an extra measurement, which we will contact you to take if our production team determines a need for them.
The key to a comfortable and fitted pencil skirt is the often overlooked slit. The slit, or vent, is a classic detail on every pencil skirt. It is usually in the back, and sadly, often a neglected detail. The quiet co-star in every design, the slit affects the overall comfort and style of the skirt. It allows us to create the hourglass silhouette while also maintaining ease of movement. Without a slit, it would be very difficult for you to walk and sit in a pencil skirt.
Store-bought skirts only offer a back slit design. At Rita Phil, we believe the slit should be the star of the show. With 10 different designs, you can create a unique skirt that's all your own. We offer the classic overlapping slit, accordion vent, front center slit, and many other styles that help you comfortably and stylishly wear your custom pencil skirt.