In any case, N now has two winter-appropriate skirts, and Z only one, so I set out to make her a skirt. I chose the Oliver+S Hopscotch pattern, which I have used a few times now to make a top, but whose skirt pattern remained untraced.
Z requested a purple skirt, and I found a piece of linen/rayon blend fabric in the appropriate color, purchased from the Joann remnant bin for a couple bucks. I think it was about 30 inches long. OK, so linen isn't usually considered a winter fabric - but the heaviness of the fabric and the color seemed appropriate to me. Plus it won't be long before all those remnant bin finds won't be large enough to sew anything for the girls anymore, so I am trying to use them all up.
I decided to cut a straight size 4. Z wears a 4 in ready-to-wear, though I usually do a 2+length or a 3+length in O+S patterns.
The length of the 4 was right on, but the proportions around her waist are a little off.
Only the back of the skirt is gathered, and since the front is wider than half her waist measurement, the side seams are actually not at her sides, and the back of the skirt poofs out funny.
Being 3 years old, she can pull it off. But I guess I won't have to size up in this pattern for awhile - I'll just keep sewing 4s with length for a few years.
The fabric ... I don't think I will use it again. It was very easy to sew, but even after prewashing, some sizing remained and it gave off a skunky odor when I ironed it. It is also kind of coarse and scratchy, though I do love the weight of it, and Z doesn't seem bothered by the scratchiness.
I bought the buttons locally. I do stock up on buttons, somewhat, while back in the U.S., but I usually like to match my fabric to buttons after sewing the garment. In Moscow there was a great little fabric store that had a wide variety of lovely buttons in lots of colors. Here the variety is much smaller and most of what is available is very cheap looking. But I thought these flower ones were cute, and I bought some in white too.