I love wearing skirts. They just suit me. So I had to give this new Simplicity (1717, View C) basic a-line skirt pattern a whirl. It's one of those Amazing Fit patterns meant to be pre-graded for slim, average and curvy figures. Even with this I still had to grade the waist smaller about a size and a half--they need an "über curvy"option! The pattern says it should fit an inch below the waistline but it looked weird on me so I went in on the waist to make it sit about at my waist (this is definitely part of the reason I had to go down so much in size.) The model looks as though she has the skirt at her waist like I do, not below it.
The skirt is pretty full making my wool crepe flow nicely. I actually cut and sewed on the big pockets from View A but they pulled on the fabric in such an icky way, so I ripped 'em off. I'm recently learned the magic of belts so you likely see me with one on most of the time. I tried this one both ways. They both work but the belt seals the deal for me.
I like the double darts on back making it lay nice and flat. The zipper is secretly a brick orange color.
I used a pretty pink lace hem tape along the seam and a soft pink bias tape for the edge of the inside waist. The pattern doesn't have a lining and I was lazy and didn't make one as easy as it could have been to do. I simply used my pinking sheers for the seams rather then using my serger. The serged seams would have added unsightly bulk and bumps... oh my!