The skirt is from Sato Watanabe’s Stylish Skirts. Mine has emerged slightly different, but I’m very happy with how it turned out, and the fabric was a dream to sew (although difficult to photograph for you).
It took longer than I expected to make because I decided to add a lining (to sit more smoothly over opaque winter tights).
I also decided to add a pocket, since I tend to wear skirts more if they have a pocket.
I’m looking forward to wearing it -I just need some cold weather!
If you own Stylish Skirts and want to make this skirt, here is the drafting diagram (the book didn’t have one as you may remember; this is mine):
It fits a person with 38″ hips and a 30″ waist, who is 5’6″ (168cm) tall (I’m no short Japanese person!). If you want to make it bigger, make the back and fronts wider, but leave the triangle shapes the same. For example, for 40″ (42″, 44″) hips, cut the back (and corresponding section of lower band) at 45.5cm (48cm, 50.5cm) wide, and the 20cm front extensions on the left & right fronts would be 21.2cm (22.4cm, 24.6cm). You’ll still sew the extensions at 20cm away from the selvedge for every size.
This is a fairly low slung skirt. The skirt’s waist is on the generous side to accommodate all the winter things I will tuck in. For a summer skirt I might make the whole left front panel one or two centimetres narrower.
The back darts can be used to adjust the waist measurement. I moved their position to centre them over a stripe so they looked symmetrical.
Very important: label all the pieces when you cut them out! This is one of those garments that you need to cut and sew all on the same day, and you’ll definitely need to refer to the construction order diagram in the book when you sew it together.
Sorry I don’t have a fabric estimate for this, but it’s probably more than the amount in the book. My fabric had tiny pinholes in it that I had to cut around, and I also matched the stripes in a few places. This skirt is excellent for striped fabrics that look the same on both sides, and since the front edges are selvedges make sure the fabric has good ones.