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I really just wanted a plain straight skirt. I have not totally given up on A-lines, but so far I have not found one that flatters my poor body at all. I chose McCalls 3830, which is a very basic but useful skirt pattern to have in your arsenal. I chose view D because all the longer views have a kick pleat in the back and I didn't want to fool with that. I did lengthen view D to hit me right above the knee.
Despite the supposed simplicity of skirts, I approach skirt-making with trepidation because skirts have to fit: too loose and they fall off or twist around, too tight and you (as in, I) will look like a stuffed sausage. It's a fine line. Also, how to choose a size? For dresses I usually choose a size 14 but then I add an inch to each side seam. I think I chose the skirt the same way, which put me in a size 18 for the skirt.
The skirt has a zipper up the center back and front and back darts. One small change I made was to use hem tape at the waistband instead of facings as per the pattern instructions. This worked great, so great that I decided to use hem tape on the hem as well, particularly as I did not add as much to the length as I should have. However, the hem tape on the actual hem was my downfall. I think maybe I made the hem tape too tight or something, but the hem looked AWFUL. I redid it and redid it until it was passable, but I really wish I had just folded the hem up and sewn it down. I always find a way to sabotage the simplest tasks;)
Anyway, I am hoping to get multi-season use out of this skirt. Here I have worn it with black, but I think it can also look good with red, cobalt blue, denim, and even some other color combinations I haven't
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