I signed up for an online class on how to make your own a-line skirt by Deborah Moebes. I ended up with two skirts and two self drafted patterns that I can use over and over. I took the class on Craftsy.com, and I learned quite a lot about drafting patterns as well as some sewing tips.
As someone who is a bit larger than the typical purchased pattern, I have found it difficult to follow patterns without making numerous adjustments. At first I was scared to write my measurements down, but Deborah eased me through that by telling us it was just a number, that that no one would EVER see it. So don't look for my measurements here! They are a secret...shhh....
I was shocked that I managed to follow her directions and come out with a very wearable skirt! My first skirt is a traditional a-line with two back darts and two front darts. I love that the darts are shaped to my curves perfectly. I also added in a facing around the waistband instead of doing a bias tape waist. I felt like I needed a little more support to the top of the skirt.
The fabric I purchased on whim from a local quilting store. I had never visited the shop before and I was the only person in there and sort of felt obligated to buy something. So I left with two yards of Honey Honey Violet Tea Rose by Kate Spain with really no idea what I would do with it. And I grabbed it when it came time to make my skirt.
We are at the beach right now which is why the wind is blowing everything to the left. See the Dodge Durango in the corner? That is my "minivan" I rented to get us down here. Love the rental car process! I'm just glad we didn't end up with an Escort.