Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the lovely comments! They really made my day!!
I'm super happy to have the best skirt pattern for my giveaway this week! It's Simplicity 3196 in waist 30, Hip 40 size.
It has every type of skirt you could want! View 1 is the one I made that is the classic pencil skirt with a bit of a higher waist and belt loops. Views 1 and 2 slim skirts have waistline darts, back kick pleat, waistband and back zipper closing. View 2 is styled with yoke pockets. View 3 is a 3 flared, 4 gore skirt which has a back zipper closing and welt pockets.
The suggest fabric types for all views (view 2 even plaid or plain): cottons and blends: pique, denim, sailcloth, cords, Linen. Rayons, silks and synthetics: taffeta, velvet, cords, satin. Wools: jersey, worsteds, tweeds. View 1 and View 2 can also be made in corduroy or velveteen.
All the pieces are present EXCEPT the waistband. I cut about 34 inches long and 3 inches deep for my waistband. Pinned it to the skirt (left 5/8 inch on either end to turn them inside out) and cut off any excess before sewing to the skirt. For a higher waisted skirt you can cut the waistband a bit deeper. After that cut the belt loops to the right size.
This giveaway is open to everyone. Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday midnight (GMT time) for one entry. You can also do a blog post on this giveaway, tweet about it or put it on facebook for an additional entry for each method (up to four entries total). Just come back and leave me a comment that you've done all those. I'll randomly pick a winner on Monday. It would be great if you could leave me some way of contacting you in your comment!
The only restriction of the giveaway is that you do not sell this pattern. Keep it for as long as you want and once you are done--pass it along to someone else!
YAY! Good luck.