Didn't I say recently the sometimes I learn things the hard way? I just did a quick Google search of my brain and I believe it was in reference to my bum pear sauce. Still seething over that one. Anyway, when I sew, I sometimes learn things the hard way, too, because I rarely use a traditional pattern and instead lean on my seam ripper and innate sense of spatial relations. The first never fails me, which is good because the second sometimes does.
I finally got Byron to take a couple photos of the skirt I made the week before Christmas. As with anything, this was a learning experience, and though I regret that I don't have a downloadable pattern, I do have some tips if ever you should want to attempt to make your own.
|Again, here's the skirt I used as a "pattern."|
|And here's the skirt I ended up with. Notice the homey decor and lack of plywood flooring in the background. This is my parents' house.|
|I had wanted the skirt to flare out at the sides, but it kind of dips in. Ironing might help, but I haven't tried that yet.|
Before, I've sewn the lining in with the skirt, but since I was using wool fabric for this skirt and poly for the lining material, I decided to sew the skirt and lining separately. Since the lining will be slightly more fitted than the skirt, I highly recommend stitching the lining together first and seeing how that fits before slicing into your nice skirt fabric. I did not do this with the gray skirt and spent many an hour seam-ripping because I made it too tight initially!
If you're a professional seamstress or close to it and are cringing right now, this amateur welcomes your comments. Remember, this is just what has worked for me. And like I said, not a pattern, but a bit of a framework, and a way to be creative and save money. The idea of making our own clothes is nearly obsolete, but there's a satisfaction in being creative and choosing your own fabric to suit your taste and needs.