I have enjoyed reading all your comments and suggestions SO MUCH!
I just finished the prettiest skirt I have ever owned. I am so proud of me and how I have learned to put linings in things. I actually sewed lingerie fabric into this one. An attached slip. LOVE IT! I may make a dozen of these. Anything I can wear boots with makes me happy because my ankles swell, and nobody can tell inside tall black boots. Not only that, I can wear something pretty on my feet instead of flip-flops!
This started out to be Cutting Line Design's Relax A Little skirt. I think Phylly is making that top right now. We have both made the skirt before. Mine was black.
I did not like all of that fullness at the bottom.
I still wanted the waistband with elastic inside.
I wanted 4 gores.
I wanted the length.
I wanted the really cool one-piece pocket.
I just wanted less fullness at the bottom.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I pulled out my Sure-fit Designs Dress Kit, and I made myself a brand new skirt pattern.
I'll show you what I did for you SFD fanatics out there.
FIRST, I drew a regular skirt pattern with the SFD Master Pattern from the Dress Kit.
DON'T LAUGH! My patterns never, ever look like Glenda's. I don't know HOW she gets hers so perfect.
Glenda gives directions in the Dress Kit booklet about how to make a gored skirt. The one she described was still too full for my liking, so I just made mine smaller. See the green diagonal lines? That shows where I added half an inch to the 6 seam edges, which you double because all of that above is just 1/2 of a skirt, for a total of 6" extra width at the hem.
The red top was still wadded up in the tote bag I brought back from our other house, and it looks like it.
I wondered if I gathered up one side of the blouse to make a diagonal hemline if it would look better. I can't really tell.
And you remember the black top I just made. It goes with this skirt too. YAY!
Gotta go. Hubby wants to watch a movie. I may whip up another one of these skirts tomorrow. I really like it!