Well, I will see you that skirt and raise you a nearly passable dress! Look at the skirt! I have worn it IN PUBLIC twice and I love the fit and the material is super pretty isn't it?
I am calling it the "HIP A-Line Skirt" because I made it specifically to sit low and comfy on the hip. I have a short torso so I normally wear my bottoms pretty low (not scary low) and my shirts long, so I wanted the waistband to lie gently and not too tight, to create a smooth line. I didn't use a pattern or a zipper or anything else that I haven't used before. I just measured where I wanted it to hit with elastic, added a couple of inches and used my rotary cutter and ruler to create a slight A-line when I cut the fabric. Pretty technical huh? I have made one since using the same non-formula and it turned out great again! Aces!
The nearly passable dress is another deck of cards all together. I used the great "elastic band dress" tutorial from Smashed Peas and Carrots (neat blog) and it worked well, but the fit of the skirt does not work on me. I really need that a-line. I may try it again and modify the skirt shape. I was proud of myself for making a dress for a grown-up, no matter how ill-fitting it was.
(Man! It is so embarrassing trying to take pictures of yourself modeling clothing. Sorry I look so serious.)
I think the dress looks much better draped over my sewing chair. Where sadly, it may stay. At least I got lucky with my skirt...
You doing any gambling with your making lately?
You might get lucky too.