EDIT February, 2017: the posts I link to are no longer there but I found this YouTube video about how to draft a skirt block. Also, if you google "DIY skirt block" a lot of really decent looking tutorials popped up.
I got a handful of emails with questions about my skirt from Thursday's post and since I looove it I'm happy to tell you all about it.
The fabric was a remnant from SAS, a local odds n ends fabric and notions shop. The lining is white satin that I also got at SAS. The cumulative cost, including zipper, was probably less than $7.
I used a fantastic step-by-step tutorial that helps you create a custom skirt pattern using just your measurements.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
And the post for turning it all into a pencil skirt is here.
Believe me when I say that I had not a clue what was going on with all those numbers and measurements but I just kept following directions until I had something that looked like a pattern. And the resulting skirt fit like a perfectly tailored glove from the get-go. I am absolutely smitten with my pattern and we now snuggle every night and whisper our secret plans for fall skirts to each other.
I used this tutorial to add my zipper with a lining (the tutorial is for a facing but it's the same idea).
I am ridiculously proud of this skirt. When I finished it I handed it to Aaron and ordered him to look it over and then make exclamatory noises of approval. I have had a string of really bad sewing luck lately and haven't had a project turn out in ages so I was overjoyed when this one turned out so well on the first try. The lining fit in the shell perfectly and the satin makes the dress slide so nicely when I walk or sit. The zipper went in as it should. The only thing I re-did was the hem and that was by choice. I didn't stitch as close to the edge as I could have and since I hadn't had to use my seam ripper on anything else I figured I might as well do it again.
Making the pattern was by far the most time consuming part of this whole process. Putting the skirt together was pretty quick and easy and I'm amazed at how perfectly it fits every time I pull it on. Totally worth the time and effort it takes to build the pattern if you're so inclined!