I know this is an older post, but I think it's time to re-energize it!sew what! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
is so great. I got it from Amazon about a week or so ago. I was intimidated to make anything from it as the book instructs the reader on methods of drafting a pattern based on one's own measurements. A daunting task, I figured.
So, after I got over some PMS, I sat down and actually read then re-read the directions on how to take my proper measurements, the how to draft my pattern.
I made a decision to try one of the fast-to-put together skirts: the Breezy Beach Wrap.
Remembering a good tip from (I think the SEW U book) I drew a quick idea of what I expected my project to look like. I glue in a fabric swatch and snip of the aqua bias binding I was to use. I also glued in a photo of the finished version. better photo here at the sew along http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131187.msg2075596#msg2075596
I just purchased a bunch of vintage sheets and thought I'd use a piece of one of them for my skirt: if it worked out I'd have a pretty funky looking mini and if it didn't, I wouldn't be grouchy about wasting expensive fabric.
Well, it was simple to draft the pattern. And I must say THIS SKIRT FITS LIKE A DREAM! It's completely tailor-made and it looks that way on me (which is not an easy task for my body shape.)
The fabric, I think is reminiscent of Lilly Pulitzer. Yeh!
Of course I have plans to make a million more. And I'll probably make slightly modified ones as gifts for some friends too.
This book is awesome! Don't shy away from it.
I do think a bit of sewing experience would help with some of the terminology, but you could easily source any questions you had online.