After seeing the skirt in the December Burda Style, I had to have it and I wasn't going to be deterred by the fact that it was only graded up to a size 46...especially since I'm probably more like a size 50 in Burda. I mean I have a TNT skirt pattern and some tracing pattern, why couldn't I make this skirt?
I've spent several days thinking about how I would alter the pattern to fit me...what changes I needed to make to both my TNT pattern and the Burda skirt piece. I even got Marji involved when I told her that I couldn't come up with a lining alternative...her suggestions follow in the next post.
But before pattern alterations, there is pattern tracing...and now I remember why I don't use my Burdas more often. I know you everyday Burda users think nuthin' about tracing off patterns...but this was a semi-challenge to a chick wearing new progressive lenses (bifocals) and having problems seeing anything up close! All of those intersecting lines in several different colors made my head hurt but I pressed on because I really want this skirt!
So out comes the black sharpie and following some advice to outline the pattern piece with said sharpie, I trace the main skirt pattern and all of its markings only.
Why did I do this? Because I am going to use the back skirt piece of my TNT pattern. I mean that piece fits, I know it fits, I've made it several times...okay more than that but you know what I mean! So why re-invent the wheel? After the piece was traced out the real fun began because I have to turn the original skirt piece into a workable pattern piece for me.
Who knew a size 46 was so d*mn small! When I first looked at that piece I was wondering if I would be able to make it fit me!!! But I really want this skirt so I moved on! Since I didn't want to alter my TNT skirt pattern, I drew another one onto pattern paper:
I hope so, 'cause I really want to make and wear this skirt!!! *LOL*
...as always, more later!