You may be wondering why I called this skirt "the Scarlett O'Hara skirt." No, it's not made out of old curtains. Yes, it is a nice, deep shade of reddish-purple, but there is another reason. It's a bit tight...
Okay, okay. It's not exactly as bad as wearing a corset, but it definitely encourages me to suck in the gut. :-)
I used view C of Simplicity 2451, one of the 99 cent patterns I scooped up last weekend. It's a versatile, easy skirt pattern with lots of room for variation. I guess I was feeling a little bit brave, so I cut it by a size 10. (I usually have pretty solid intuition about what size to cut, but I think that only works for independent patterns. The Big Four trip me up.) There's a slight tulip shape to this skirt, and I was afraid of being overwhelmed by volume in my hips. I actually think it's fine in the hips, but the waist is just a bit too tight, although I'm holding out hope that my fabric will give with a bit of wear. I love the design of the curved waistband and pleats--I think this style is very flattering! Add in the pockets, and I am sold.
I used a fairly thick fabric from the stash generously donated by my friend over the summer. It could be considered a fine whale corduroy, maybe. It's a nice weight and color for fall (and difficult to photograph, it seems). I subbed a lapped zipper for the invisible zipper recommended by the pattern. This is definitely becoming my go-to method; I have to watch Sunni's Craftsy video every single time I do it, but it's worth it as the results have been perfect each time.
After a day of wear, I decided that the slight tightness is most certainly not a deal-breaker; it just means I'll wear this one at my natural waist. I intend to make this pattern again, but I think using a slightly smaller seam allowance on the side seams will give me just enough breathing room. :-)