I follow a blog and store by Deby of So Sew Easy.- Lin here.
She has a tab at the top for free patterns, and another tab for patterns for sale.
I found this free skirt pattern on her site, and knew I would eventually make it.
What precipitated the making of my skirt? A weigh-in for insurance purposes caused me to wear my lightest-weight clothes that day. I didn't have a suitable skirt, so I took a thrift-store find from the back of my closet and shortened it: I was told by my coworkers that it was a good length for me:
My ah-hah moment was remembering the Flouncy Bouncy Skirt Pattern. It's a skirt with a full circle attached to a yoke.
I poked around the So Sew Easy facebook page - link here - to find other examples of this skirt. I decided to go with a knit stripe from my stash.
I traced the pattern pieces and placed the stripes so they would go across the front and back, yet down on the sides. That basically means I didn't have to match the stripes at the sides:
The yoke pieces form a shart point at the sides:
Deby recommended I round up the bottom of the yoke, so I used my French curve ruler to do that. I adjusted the pattern
...then I adjusted the fabric the same way:
I pinned the skirt pieces to the yokes:
I stitched with a long, narrow zigzag, pressed towards the yokes, topstitched, then pinned the sides together:
Preliminary views looked good:
I found a wide elastic the same color as my fabric. I adjusted the length to fit, overlapped and stitched the ends, then laid it over the outside of the skirt and pinned:
I used a zigzag stitch to attach the elastic to the skirt :
I turned the elastic once and topstitched. I figured that I would not usually tuck a top into this skirt:
This is how I usually wear it:
Yes, the skirt is twirl-worthy: