I started with this tute. but found it didn't work very well for a number of reasons. I think it is most suited to slim women, http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/5-minute-skirt.html
In the end I modified in to a reversable wrap around, my version of a tute below
I am a UK size 18, which I think is about a US 16, the pattern as drafted creates a large waistline which is brought in with elastic, I didn't realise how much! As we know elastic waistlines are not kind to those of us who are more generously proportioned.
The skirt on this pattern (and I feel really bad about criticising a free pattern online, but I just don't think its very good) is cut on the bias. I thought that this would give a decent amount of stretch and so the waistline wouldnt be too large...wrong..I see no need to cut this on the bias, unless you are using a very light cotton, I used a thrifted sheet, so an average weight cotton, the fabric is a little too heavy to drape much more by being cut on the bias...so cutting it that way adds nothing imho.
Bias cutting is also uses a LOT more fabric,
So I made up the skirt as per the tute, the fabric I used was actually a thrifted bedcover and so had a lining, so I cut fabric+lining out as one, to give a lined skirt, this was only joined at the top, the combination of the big waist and the lining made me look like a sack..horrible horrible.
I am sorry I didn't get a pic of it...like i said its probably best suited to slim women.
The other major problem with this pattern, regardless of your size, is that the hemline is insufficiently curved, she mentions curving it about 1/2 inch, when I had my skirt made up I found that the difference in length between the front of the skirt and the sides were almost 5 inches! So I had to recut the sides..
this link gives a great A-line skirt drafting tute, it is a lot more complex, but from this you can see the limitation of the simple skirt above, both the waist and the hem need to be curved!http://sew-mad.blogspot.com/2007/03/basic-line-skirt-drafting.html
the pink chalk line in this pic is the length it should be and this was after previously cutting about two inches off the sides.
Having said all of that, using this pattern as a starting point to draft your own is not a bad idea, this is what I did. I used newspaper to draft the pattern, but when you do, make sure you draw the bottom hem differently, as below
then for us gorgeously rounded women, instead of sewing up both sides of the skirt, sew up one, leave one open, hem that side, attach ties (or buttons) to turn it into a wrap around skirt. If you are using ties, you will have to make a buttonhole (or a button hole fudge as my machine has PMT and wouldnt do buttonholes today) to pass the tie from the underneath edge of the skirt, through to the top so you can tie it off.
The pattern details from the tute made a wrap around with about 8 inches of overlap, which is perfect. And it worked really well as a lined wrap around..
NOTE: I made another lined wrap around, to compare this pattern with another one online, it is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349183.msg4070542#msg4070542 Pattern Drafting.
Grab a few large sheets of newspaper and tape them together.
Measure your waistline, half the measurement and add 4 inches. This is the waistline of the pattern piece. draw this as a straight line near the top of your newspaper (in the middle of the sheet)
Draw a line straight down from the centre of the first line, to make a T, the length of this line will be the desired lenght of your skirt, plus about 2 inches for hems top and bottom, (on me this was about 23'' and I am 5'9'' tall, knee length is most flattering for larger women.)
Add approx 22'' to the length of your first line and draw this perpendicular to the bottom of the t-shape, again make sure it is centered. Join up the ends of the top and the bottom line, so you end up with a triangle with the top chopped off.
Now taking your skirt length measurement, measure a few places from the waistline, you will find that it is exactly the correct legth in the middle, but much too long towards the sides, mark in the correct length in a few places and join the dots, what you want in the end is a curved hemline, NOT a straight one as in this picture.
cut out two from the main fabric and two more from lining if you like. Sew up one side on both fabric and lining, and join them together at the top.
finish the side edges, as mine is lined I simply sewed them together, with raw edges inside, between the lining and the top fabric.
make two ties, about 20'' long and attach them to each of the top 'corners' of the skirt,
try it on and figure out where the underneath tie needs to come out through the skirt, mark it and make a button hole. As you can see from this pic I just sewed over and back, small zig-zag,
then finish the hem, I have a blind hem on my machine which is awesome!, you could serge it or sew it by hand.
then try and take a picture of the finished article, firstly wear the skirt loosely so that the front 'corner' dips.
and take another pic in the garden which looks frankly quite strange, and be undecided which to post..so post both!
Oh and although I have talked about lining and top fabric above, this skirt is reversable.