Now, The Problem......If you notice in the above picture, the width of the lower skirt pattern is quite a bit larger than the width of the fabric. Now before I went to buy the fabric I did not measure the pattern pieces - are you supposed to??? I looked over the instructions, figured out my dd's measurements, looked at the back of the pattern envelope and decided how much fabric to purchase adding on some extra just in case. Adding on length does not add width - I have now measured the pattern piece - it is 43" wide. My fabric which stated the width on the end of the bolt as 44"/45" in reality is only 41" wide but not all of it is usable because of selvages. I did wash and dry the fabric, but is this amount of shrinkage normal? I'm not sure what to do - the grand total short in width will be approximately 10". I am thinking that I will need to cut an additional piece of fabric 10" X the length to make up for the shortfall.
This is my progress to date. I am happy overall with the pattern and the instructions so far. This part has gone together very smoothly. Now to put on the upper skirt, zipper, and collar facings. I am looking forward to finishing this part as then my daughter can try it on and we can fine tune the length for the lower skirt portion.