Amelia and Grace have both been wanted to use the sewing machine and make something over the holidays. I thought the skirt from Ottobre 4/2006 would be a good place to start. They did the straight sewing and some overlocking and I did the elastic. We used corduroy for both, some from the stash and some of the new Prints Charming from Spotlight. There is nothing better than corduroy for winter skirts. It is easy to sew and it washed well. I always try to grab some when I see it in a good print.
I used Simplicity 1717 which I think could become a favourite. I know I have said this about other patterns, but this is really comfortable, not too straight, not too A-line, and I think it could easily be changed by adding piping or different pockets. I just used the pieces for the average shape which fitted perfectly. I had a quick flick through the intructions but couldn't see any information on how to choose which shape you should use. Other then that the instructions were good and if it is your first time sewing a skirt it does give you more fitting tips than other patterns.