Now I really feel like I'm back in the saddle--I made a skirt! It was a trip to the thrift shop that did it for me. I found a few patterns for 50 cents each, including McCalls 3830. I already owned this pattern, but I could never decide which size to cut (and I do NOT trace). An extra copy was all I needed to finally go ahead and cut! I went with a size smaller than my measurements would have indicated, and I think it fits just right.
I chose view D, the second shortest length, because I didn't want to get involved with sewing the slit. I was worried it might be too short and considered a ruffle a la the one-yard skirt, but I just did a narrow hem instead, and it turned out to be a great length.
What I really like about this skirt is that the zipper is in the back. Whenever I try on a straighter skirt with a side zip, I feel like the zip distorts the shape along the hip and looks terrible. I've rejected many a thrift shop skirt on that basis!
The fabric is a corduroy I bought in last year's winter clearance at Jo-Ann's. I used a scrap of quilting cotton for the facings to cut down on bulk.
Of course, no sewing project of mine is complete without a mistake. This time I set in the zipper without a hitch, removed the basting stitches, and then realized the zipper stop was...at...the...top. Oh my. Did I put the zipper in upside down? No, I just somehow grabbed a zipper with a stop at either end. Fast fix: I snipped it open with a pair of old scissors. But still... can you imagine?