Fun fact: pattern sizes are NOT the same as ready-to-wear sizes.
As a consequence, I am paused on dress-making, mostly because I discovered that I cut the fabric too small. One frantic call to my aunt (amazing fabric arts person) later, and I’m sending most of the project to her to help figure out because she’s pretty sure she can save things by putting in a gusset, but that’s outside of my skill set right now.
Did I mention that aunts are THE BEST? Because they really are.
Instead, I pulled out some fabric I had bought a couple of years ago and found a free 1/2 circle skirt pattern online. That looked a bit less intimidating, as it involves two pieces only.
I got working, and by the end of the day, I had a skirt for Older Daughter. I even knew enough to put interfacing in the waistband (that the tutorial/pattern didn’t mention) to get it to look right and managed to get the invisible zipper in (mostly) invisibly. The hem is slightly crooked, but I’m pretty pleased with the outcome!
I figure I increased my skills and followed a pattern correctly. Next step is making a skirt big enough for me and putting in a lining. We’ll see how that goes…