I have completed the two variations on the basic skirt.
The first is a yoke skirt with a ruffle. Laura Skirt
The second has patch pockets, topstitching, and side button closing Rosie Skirt
Pattern Description: From the book "For our first project, we're going to make an A-line skirt, which is a simple and classic shape that flatters everyone."
Pattern Sizing: drafted to your own measurements
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No but more on that later.
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes. I actually used two different books to draft my pattern. I actually drafted according to Design-It-Yourself Clothes a few times but I was not always totally pleased with the fit. Then I drafted the skirt sloper from Building Patterns and the fit was much better. So I combined both methods to come up with my basic skirt pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? As far as the skirt I LOVE IT, but the waistband needs more work. The one that I have right now is a rectangular waistband but I know that a shaped waistband will be so much better.
Fabric Used: I know its a cotton, but its exact name I'm not sure I think its chambray since its like a drapey denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The basic A-line skirt in Design-It-Yourself Clothes has patch pockets on the front and does not have a waistband. For my version it has a waistband that she does give directions for in the basic skirt section but does not show it. Also I have back welt pockets. Also like I mentioned before I used a combination of two books to get my skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. I love it, its the best fitting skirt I have and its what I have been looking for as basic in my wardrobe.
Conclusion: As I said before I love my skirt, Its been a few weeks since I drafted it and I have worn this more times and any other bottom in my closet. I know its hard to see the fit and hang of it since my dressform (no name yet) is smaller than me on the bottom, but it is very flattering. You can see more pics at my blog Sew Fashionably Modest