I'm a fan of wrap skirts, but I do understand that a waist that's *just right* isn't going to lend itself naturally. Could you remove some of the fabric in the seams, though, and make it a 1/2 circle skirt? (Invent seams, if need be) I got on a circle skirt kick for a while, but they really just weren't flattering, and I accidentally cut one wrong, and ended up with a perfect 1/2 circle skirt, and it made all the difference in the world!
Ooh, or, a little more complicated, you could take in just the top half of the skirt to make it a fit'n'flare sort of deal. For this, I'd work in quarters, nipping in just below the hip. I don't know if I'm being clear on this idea at all... Good luck, though! The fabric is gorgeous.
I've got a friend whose built like that and the styles that are most flattering on her are actually relatively straight or A-line cut (but not tight), long dresses in a solid color, with no horizontal seams, unless they're right under the bust. Also, she looks smashing! in pretty slacks and tunic length blouses/dresses. I can't stress the smashing part enough. Gorgeous! She also has a dress that's mostly straight to the knee, with gores added at the very bottom for a flared hem that's darling. Good luck, congratulations, and have fun!
Have you ever seen the show Carnival? It was an HBO series, and very good. It was certainly twisted. It might give you some fun party ideas. You could do a take on a gypsy fortune teller, or a lion tamer. That could be fun. Awesome idea for a party!
The skirt is for both, class and performances, but the performances are few and far between unless I can get in the student troupe, down the line, and if I do, I'll probably make a second skirt. We also don't (as yet) do a lot of kicks or fast spins that would kick it up. I think I'm going to do the zigzag and then maybe dance in it, and wash it once or twice, and see what happens. I can always go back and reinforce later, if it looks like it's going to be a problem.
Alright, I've got another question! I think I know this, but it's been a while. When I'm sewing the gathered to the non-gathered, non-gathered ought to go on the bottom, right? As in, physically, on the sewing machine, not constructionwise on the skirt.
Oh, and, I'm using a very thin material, and don't have a serger. Usually, to finish seams, I straight stitch, then zigzag in the seam allowance. Do you lovely Craftsters think that'll be enough, or should I encase the seams in grosgrain?