The pattern drafting class I took was a week long and made a skirt from our own measurements. We practiced drafting and sewing up a basic skirt and then we were able to make our own design. After a couple rejected drafts I finally came up with my design – a pencil skirt with side zip, facing, and a ruffled back panel underneath the bum and extending to the hem (below).
The skirt was fairly easy, but it was my first time making ruffles from scratch to fit a shaped panel so it was a bit laborious. It took me a few hours to construct the panel, and this is me after drafting, cutting, and sewing most of the skirt in one afternoon (I was REALLY frazzled to say the least – thanks for the picture Nia!)
I didn’t end up fully sewing the skirt in class because I wanted to spend my precious class time learning new skills rather than finishing a toile. I have since bought some fabric to make it up in, and when I do I will show how I did the ruffles for the toile and how I am going to do them differently for the actual skirt (the way I did it for the toile was more time consuming).