I'm on a mission to learn to make "real" apparel patterns. Not "real" in terms of industry standards for manufacturing purposes, but real in that they fit together properly and I understand what adjustment does what to the fit. I grew up sewing with commercial patterns (my mother only liked Vogue patterns) and adventurous to me was taking a different pocket style from one pattern and using it on another. But I want to be able to take a pair of pants or a blouse out of my closet that fits well and make another one like it.
To that end, I ordered this book that I've been reading about on other blogs Sew What! Skirts by Francesca Denhartog & Carole Ann Camp. Their concept is awesome- measure your waist and hips and determine your skirt length and you can make any one of the 16 skirt styles they feature. You can either make a pattern or cut out the fabric directly. And don't panic if you are a beginning sewer- they cover basic sewing techniques such as darts and finishing raw edges in the first chapter. They cover a variety of skirt styles and the nice thing is, most of them are something I would actually put on my body. (They don't use every decorative stitch on their sewing machine, for example.)
I will definitely be making one or more of these skirts once I get Mona sized.