I didn't mean to mislead you into thinking I was making a skirt when I posted that other picture. But the pintucks were the most interesting thing happening at that time. This is what the pintucking turned into:
A cozy tunic (inspired by one I saw a 2-year-old wearing). I drafted the pattern myself and am generally quite happy with how it turned out, although if I sew it again there are some changes I'll make. The worst part of sewing this was the collar. I tried many variations & techniques before finding this method of binding a neck edge which worked, if not perfectly, at least passably! When I was finally ready to cut the collar of the plaid cloth, and not the old bedsheet I'd made a test pattern with, I decided to cut it off the front of the shirt as it was hanging down 4 inches past the bottom of the back. You know that adage measure twice, cut once? Well you should also check what you're cutting from twice! Yes, I cut my collar piece off the perfectly lengthed back. So then I had to cut some off the front and attach it to the back to make the tunic the length I wanted. I figured a seam a couple inches from the back hem is less noticeable then a shirt that is clearly too short.
This was the first time I'd done pintucks, they take a while to do well but are actually pretty easy as it's all sewing in a straight line. It was also the first time I've made a garment with buttonholes! Until my first sewing lesson when we tried doing buttonholes I was a little scared of them! But now it's rather fun to see the sewing machine zipping along doing it's own thing to create a buttonhole.
With spring coming up I'm thinking of trying this pattern in a lightweight fabric, what do you think?