My return to sewing for myself started back in 2013, when I went to Catherine's (plus size clothing store) with a coupon they had sent me, hoping to find a dress or skirt to wear to my son's graduation. There was really nothing there for me to buy- there was one skirt in my size, and it was orange and mermaidy. The dresses were all sleeveless and oddly embellished.
So I came home downtrodden, but resolved to make something to wear. I found a gored skirt tutorial on Rhonda Buss' blog. It worked fabulously! I have made 4 different versions- wovens, knits, with and without pockets, attached waistbands and zippers.
My SWAP version was a simple elastic waist, pocketless version out of black cotton jersey knit. I had originally intended to add beading at the hem, Alabama Chanin style. Time constraints and hand pain led me to just leave the skirt plain for now. I might add the beading later. For now I am enjoying wearing it with summer tops for a secret pajama-like effect. (I'm not wearing the tights this summer!)