I have long wanted a proper straight skirt. A few summers ago now I spent a long time working with Simplicity's Amazing Fit Pencil Skirt pattern - but it has princess seams on the skirt. I'm not complaining - really - because it fits and I've made it numerous times. But I really wanted a 3 piece skirt - a front with no seams and the back with a kick pleat.
Last Fall before heading out for retreat, I cut the skirt out of muslin, but didn't get it sewn up. Last weekend I pulled out the pieces and sewed up the first muslin - it was too tight and had a few other issues - like the skirt's hip curve didn't match mine. So I went on to muslin number 2. There were still a few issues - but enough that I felt confident making the changes to my pattern and cutting up my real fabric.
It's not perfect. But it works. There are still some funny lines at the side seams - but I think that's because the hip curve is still too curved. I smoothed that out for the next version - because I'll have to make more and more versions until it's right and then I can use the 'perfected' pattern to make a version of the Rachael skirt. (I'm thinking out of the red wool I bought at Expo last year.)
My thought is - if I have one pattern that fits - straight with darts and side seams - then I can do whatever I want with it. And the blue with the mustard colored skirt? Well they little flowers have tiny little blue accents to them. The wrinkles are because I wore the outfit to work all day. It was comfortable and I wasn't at all self-conscious in the skirt.