Can you take another sewing post?
I certainly hope so, because I've been loving every aspect of learning about my machine. My interest isn't primarily to sew apparel, but in smaller sizes with bright fun fabrics it's more forgiving than clothing for myself. And unlike myself, the kids look great in an elastic waist.
We selected a bright watermelon linen/rayon blend that unfortunately frayed quite a bit and required creativity with stitch selection and construction. The directions which read "easy" on the pattern seemed unnecessarily complicated, and as I worked through the steps I kept thinking there should be a simpler way to accomplish a three-tiered skirt. Eventually, I ended up starting over entirely using my own directions, and I liked the end result much more. Lessons learned? You bet'cha!
I'm not sharing a pattern number because it doesn't get my recommendation. And I'm not sharing the simplified process [today] because it needs refinement. Maybe sometime after I've tried a few more, but I'm already moving on to other styles in crisp, neat easier cotton.
Also, thank you so very much for your input on last friday's meatless meals question. The comments were full of informed thoughts and ideas. I'll be trying many of the suggestions beginning immediately.