A friend of mine from work asked whether I'd make a couple of basic summer skirts for her. Now, skirts are my favourite thing in the whole wide world to sew, I just love the embellishment opportunities they present, so I jumped at the chance. (Ever since my horrific accident almost 3 years ago I haven't worn a skirt.) Another plus with Jane is that she's tall and slim and a knee-length A-line skirt shows off her fantastic pins to advantage.
I chose a basic McCalls pattern I had in my stash, pattern #3341 and chopped off the top 7cm of the pattern because this is where Jane wears the "waist" of her skirts. This made the darts pretty short and sharp but I went with it and when I tried the first skirt on her it fit perfectly - not one alteration!
I ended up making 3 skirts within the budget Jane had given me plus one from leftover scraps of Amy Butler fabric that I just couldn't bring myself to throw out.
Here is a close-up showing the doily detail. I really like the look of crafty embellishments added to a garment and I was pleased with how this turned out.