I like skirts. But, this skirt, I do not. It's huge. And, while it's not the fault of the pattern itself but probably the skirt-maker, I just don't like it. Allow me to explain.
First I should preface this by saying: Never (ever!) take your measurements after having a pit ham breakfast and then hitting the Chinese buffet for lunch. Big mistake. Because when you measure yourself after such feasts, assuredly, you will tend to be much larger than in actuality. Just believe me here. It's a valuable lesson.
So, I measure myself (over my clothes, too, another dumb mistake) and my waist was about 31" inches or so (hips 37" or so, over clothes), which would make me fall into the size 14 category according to my waist measurements. I have never been a 14 in my life. I usually wear 6's or 8's and an occasional 4. But, this is a new pattern and I don't know if this particular pattern runs large or small, so I cut out the 12, thinking I could squeeze into it, if I needed to.
It. Is. Huge. It makes me look huge.
I made it in time for the 4th of July because the fabric looks like fireworks or sparklers and it's red, white, and blue.
I couldn't get myself to wear it to an afternoon barbecue. I knew it would drive me nuts if I attempted. I had meant to wear it to watch the fireworks that night, but conveniently forgot. I did wear it to church on Sunday and I don't think I will ever wear it again. I look huge in that thing. And it's too bad because I really loved that fabric, too. I bought it a year ago and have not seen it anywhere since.Other sewing notes: I lengthened the skirt by about 2 inches. Oh, and don't think you are taking a shortcut by folding over the fabric before you cut it. The pattern pieces are not symmetrical and you will end up with funky pieces that don't match up. Instead, take the time to cut out each of the eight panels individually. You will thank yourself later...