After making the denim version of this skirt #101 from BWOF 04-2009, I received some very helpful suggestions from a few people.
Cidell and gwensews suggested that the stiffness of the denim might contribute to the hip poochiness, so for this second version I chose a quite drapey cotton gabardine from Michaels Fabrics, that just happens to be left over from the Marlene pants I made a few weeks ago. (This skirt is very useful for remnant type pieces.
I think this has helped a little in minimizing the poochiness, but unfortunately I think this fabric seems to have amazing wrinkle revealing properties in photographs. I would swear this just came out of the washing pile rather than straight from the ironing board!
Goodworks felt that the skirt did not look like an A line except from the side, and that this was probably due to fitting issues.
I thought this sounded feasible, especially as Cidell also mentioned fitting issues for people with more backside than hip (relatively for me!), so embarked on some fitting adjustments. I took some hip curve away from the side seams, and added the same amount to the side -back to back panel seams. There is now plenty of room over my behind, and my side seams are now straight, but I agree, the skirt still does not look much like an a line from the front or the back, so maybe all my adventures in different skirt shapes should be undertaken with a different pattern!
Carol also offered some really good suggestions about changing the skirt length and the width of the a line to see which is more flattering. I did make this skirt a smidgeon shorter, but I think I need a bilateral leg replacement in order to look as good as Carol in a short skirt, no matter what shape it is.
The next step was to try out a whole heap of different tops as suggested by Katherine. It really does change the overall shape. I did have some photos as examples but they have fallen off the post. I found that tucked in woven blouses effectively remove my waist, and increase apparent fatness, tucked in fitted t shirts replace my waist but make me look shorter, and that the best look is close fitted stretch t shirts with asymetrical hem
- I have one of these only, and it also completely obscures the waist detail of the skirt! Back to the drawing board for this wardrobe plan.