Unless I misunderstand you, you should be fine w/ 2 yds of gingham. If you need a max of 1.5 yd plus 0.5 yd for contrast that equals 2 yds... or are you worried about running out because of cutting on the bias? Not sure you'd want to cut the straps on the bias because it may be too stretchy. Maybe the skirt.
I have not done stays before so can't really help you there. Have you read through all the instructions to see how it goes together? I believe "self-lined" just means you use the same fabric for the inside/outide of the bodice (or public-side/skin-side, if you will). If you have a non-patterned fabric of similar weight that coordinates with the gingham, you can certainly use that for lining. Even if it doesn't coordinate, you may be able to see it along the underarm seams but I don't think anyone really cares on kids' clothes! White should be fine, IMO.
I am about to attempt to sew McCall's 5838 it's a girl's dress in view A. The requirements for the fabric call for 1 1/2 yds for a 45" and 1 1/4 yds for 60" plus 1/2 yd for contrast. I have 2 yds of a melon colored gingham and no contrast. I was hoping to be able to do the contrast pieces or the other ones on the bias and the other going the right way. Since I do not have extra fabric I am trying to be conservative with what I do have.
I agree, it runs HUGE. Last time I made it, I think I cut 2 sizes down and it still looked oversized. But pretty easy collar & facing. DS has outgrown his Pokemon version of this and I was thinking of using some flame fabric I had to make larger shirt this spring!
You can see the Aline hem curves and it has a slight flare at the sides but the straight skirt comes down straight on the edges and across the hem.
Another basic style is the circle skirt:
Of course you can make lots of variations on these basic styles... different types of waists, ruffles or lace at the hem, slits or pleats, godets, etc. With circle skirts you can do 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or full circles to make them more or less full. But most of the time if you look pat the design details, a skirt will fall into one of these basic categories.
For example, here's a pencil skirt which is basically a straight skirt that has a more narrow hem width than the pic of the black skirt above....it also has a low rise waist and a ruffle at the hem and some pocket details:
It's not ruching... it's just an elastic casing on top and gathering on the bottom, as far as I can tell from examining the photo. Casings are not hard, you just fold twice, sew the lower edge shut, then thread the elastic through. It looks like there are a lot of pieces in these tops, so you'll need to take your time and fiddle with the gathering, etc. to make sure everything fits well together. Probably not a pattern I'd suggest to someone who's never sewn anything from a pattern before. JMO! If you have lots of patience and lots of time to get it finished, certainly there are enough people here who would help walk you through the pattern if you get confused.
I don't do any renfest type sewing but I remember seeing a tutorial out there somewhere for a tunic type top that has just a drawstring around the neck. It looked extremely basic w/just a few pieces and a couple of seams (and it wasn't off the shoulder). Not trying to discourage you from trying the Simplicity one (if you like the pattern you can make several types of tops for your wardrobe!) but I do know there are many sites w/free directions for re-enactment type wardrobes so if you haven't already searched Craftster & the web, you might want to see if anything out there will work for you.
Check the completed projects forum for several recon ideas....admittedly there are more for girls than boys. I tried to post links to some examples but my computer just ate them so... sorry! Quite a few people have taken old Tshirts and made them into tops, pants (which could be shortened for capris or shorts), and dresses for their kids. There are also ideas for using items like pillowcases, napkins, blankets & towels for various shirts and cover ups. Good luck!
Has anyone else tried this style skirt (meaning w/o actually buying the pattern)?
I understand how it's constructed and now am trying to figure out pattern dimensions for my 8 YO (who is very fussy about skirt lengths). I'm worried I'll make it too short & too poufy. Do you think you'd cut the spiral shorter to make it less, ummm, voluminous? Or would you cut it on a more gradual/less tight curve? I know how to sew it together but am having a hard time understanding how the cut affects the final design.
Also, if someone has guidelines RE: how much fabric to buy if you want to vary the gores it would be appreciated. I wonder why on earth did they draft this pattern w/5 gores... why use a prime number?! You either have to do all 1 color or 5 different colors. At least w/6 gores you'd have the option to use 1, 2, 3, or 6 colors/fabrics. The math is weird on this one.
I think that dress will be OK because the bust is gathered (which will create the illusion of fullness) and the details under the bust will highlight your small waist...
In determining the pattern measurements, you'll want to make sure the aqua, hot pink, and purplish-blue part matches your bust measurement once sewn together (when cutting you need enough for seam allowances and some ease so you can move & breath as well). The pink part actually goes around your rib cage but the bodice piece is attached to the top of the pink piece so it will dictate how wide the bodice ends up being. The width of the red part will match 1/2 your bust measurement and the aqua part should be wider than the red part (maybe the pink part also, it's hard to tell from tute) since it will be gathered. It probably won't need to be a ton bigger if you are small on top. A more well-endowed gal would want to cut it more generously to create the "cups" for her breasts to fit into. She said hers is a size small, so I'd guess you'd have to make very few adjustments, if any, to her sizing. (Google will convert between inches & cm for you!)
This is another style which IMO looks good on a small bust:
I know it's for making a nursing shirt, but I didn't know where else to find a photo with that kind of twist top. Again, the gathering creates the illusion of fullness. It does tell you how to do it non-nursing. You could extend the shirt to make an Aline dress or attach a straight or gathered skirt onto the top, depending on your preferences.