Carla drafted a pattern from my instructions and made her granddaughters several skirts. What I really like is how she modified the pattern for young girls by using elastic in the waist instead of a waistband with zipper. Carla used only 8 gores, scaled down the gore size, and allowed about 1 inch of ease for over the hips. Her skirts turned out great!
I am normally a "follow the pattern to the tee" kind of girl, and so I find it fascinating when I see others doing their own thing when it comes to sewing. I find a lot of inspiration in the sewing blogs I read, and I'm even starting to feel a bit more comfortable with branching outside of ready-made patterns and making my own modifications. I know I would never have made this "Gap" skirt if Jessica had not first made the pattern. But then, Jessica is more creative than I am---more of a designer--whereas I am one who has to have laid out plans, patterns, and instructions. I hope this is beginning to change in me....