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The first project in Design it Yourself Clothes is a basic A-line skirt.
I found the directions for drafting the pattern straight forward. For me the most difficult part was creating the 90-degree angles where the garment pieces meet, then curving the seam lines.
After about 90 minutes, I had my pattern pieces completely drafted.
I opted for a skirt pattern length of 23", and a sweep of 48" (which is 8" bigger than my hip measurement). In addition, I did not add seam allowances to my pattern pieces. My hope is that this will give me more leeway when altering the pieces in the future. But this may also come back to haunt me later, we'll see.
On this particular skirt, I added 1/4" seam allowances to the top of the waist, 1/2" to the sides, and 1" to the bottom. I am also adding a contrasting bottom ruffle, I cut it to 72" long by 3" wide, which will end up being 2" wide.
Construction thus far includes:
1. Sewing all four darts.
2. Sewing and serging the right side seam.
3. Serging the raw edges of the left side seam on the front and back pieces.
4. Sewing the ruffle pieces together and hemming.
5. Gathering and pinning ruffle to skirt, whose left side seam has not been sewn.