So here's the muslin, in a lovely shade of peach with green stripes. Ooo, don't you want some? ;-)
So, I'll probably have to eat my words about CC patterns. Well, at least this one. Figures, right? This is the XL (16), by my measurements, straight out of the envelope. The only changes I need to make are to lengthen it and to remove from the front waist. There are lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern near the hip but I'm going to just add to the bottom because I like where the pleats start and I can't imagine them beginning 4 inches lower. Well actually I can, and I don't like it.
The skirt per the pattern is definitely short — similar to the photo but a lot shorter than the line drawing indicates.And this is without a hem turned up. As we all decided yesterday, my skirts need to hit just below my kneecap. ;-)
The back looks kind of funky because it's just sloppily pinned together in lieu of a zipper and the cotton is Vecro-ing itself to my butt. ;-)
Oh — one more change. I'm also going to omit the sideseam pockets, because … well … they are sideseam pockets. Which is never a good look for me. I'm half-thinking scoop pockets would be good. But do I have enough mojo to actually do them, or will I be lazy and wuss out?
Carolyn - this skirt is a fast cut and sew. It might be worth it to you to just fit the pattern instead of retro-fitting the pleat panels to a TNT skirt, although each method is probably equal time-wise. Although, the pleats are easy and I like how they're formed. And yes, I'm pretty much out of office-appropriate fabrics. Remember, I haven't worked outside my house in more than 20 years. My stash is full of casual fabrics. But not for long, since my sewing eyes are always bigger than my fabric stomach. Or something like that. ;-)
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Parting Rant: This is the photo you see when you land on the Butterick home page. Is that really the best they could do with matching the motifs across the zipper? It's been bugging me for days now.