Pattern: Simplicity 3881 - vintage pattern - no copyright date, but it certainly looks like the 50s.
Size: one size in package - waist 24", hip 33"
Fabric: Maggy London sueded fabric (100% polyester) from Fabric Mart.
This is another pattern I would like to use in my SWAP. I decided a wearable muslin would be in order, before I cut into the good fabric, to tweak the fit and work out any problems. The fabric is another bargain from Fabric Mart. Although I don't love polyester fabrics, this one is actually quite nice - I love, love, love the all-over multicoloured embroidery work. I can see wearing this skirt with tops in so many colours - orange, coral, green, blue and yellow.
The pattern is very simple, one piece is cut out for both the front and back of the skirt. A waistband and a cummerbund are also cut out (I choose not to make the cummerbund for this incarnation of the skirt). Although this skirt is quite full at the hem (it is a half-circle skirt), there is very little bulk at the waist due to the pie-shaped pattern piece. It hugs the waist and upper hip nicely, then falls gracefully down from there. This is great for women like me that have less than svelte hips and thighs.
The skirt went together easily. This would be an easy project for a relative beginner. The only concern for a beginner might be the insertion of the side zipper.
For the hem, I stitched 1/4" from the lower edge of the skirt and then pressed under the 1/4" using the stitching as a guide. I then turned and pressed up another 1/4" to conceal the raw edges. The hem was stitched a scant 1/4" all around and this gave a nice finish. The skirt is 29" from waist to hem, which is a decent length for a long skirt on me.
I will definitely make this pattern again (even after I use it for my SWAP). I can envision creating the scalloped hem version as well. I see it in black satin with a black lace and tulle petticoat. Just for kicks, I think I would bead embroider a poodle on the lower edge.