I went through my patterns and came up with either Simplicity 3846, Simplicity 4695, or Butterick 4662. Whatever I decided, it had to be something with a side zipper, because this was going to be my first pair of pants, and I did not want a buggered up zipper staring at me from front and center!
Going with pants excluded the white fabric from the running--didn't have enough. So brown won by default. I decide to try Simplicity 3846, close myself into the spare room so Isabella can't be pesky, spread out the fabric, and...I can't do it. I couldn't bring myself to cut into the brown fabric. It's just too nice, and I have enough for a dress someday, so I decided to keep it in one piece for now.
So we're back to white, and it can't take more than two yards. Uh oh. A skirt? Hmm, well, the fabric was purchased with a skirt in mind, and it did have a white zipper pinned to it for the past four years. Okay, I figure as long as I stick to a more fitted skirt, maybe it'll be okay. I chose Simplicity 4748, which I only ever bought because I liked the purse! I figure the worst that can happen is I end up with a white skirt.
Oh, the angst involved in choosing a size when you haven't made a pattern before. I study the measurements. I take mine again. I study them some more. I finally decide on a size and cross my fingers. When I get to the point where I can try it on, I am so relieved--it JUST fits. Whew.
I continue. I put in the zipper (no tutorial this time, Roxanne, sorry!), make the facings, trim them up with bias tape (no wild contrasts this time, or it'll show through), put in the hem, and decide to try it on again.
It's too big. How on earth did we get from "juuuuuust fits" to hanging like a sack? Grrr. Okay, I can handle this. After picking out all sorts of seams, taking it in, and sewing it back together, I'm happy again. I finish up the slit with some pretty lace, and it's done!
So, what do you think? It isn't from the pages of Vogue or anything, but as a cool summer outfit to wear to work at the library?