I sewed view C from Simplicity 7229 which I'm sure is designed to be super easy even for a beginner like me, but I made too many changes and it did not turn out well. I am just about at the point where I suspect I will be happily relieved to just toss it in the garbage and say good-bye.
I used this stretchy woven black and white plaid fabric which gave me the idea that I wouldn't need a drawstring as directed by the pattern. Then I started adjusting the waistband and top of the body of the skirt to be more fitted than the drawstring skirt would have called for. I sewed and unsewed the pieces a total of three times which tortured the stretchy, cut on the bias, waistband really badly.
I think I learned a few things. I learned that all the shaping cannot be done at the side seams. Also, the shaping needed to be more gradual because the angle plus the bulky seam made a "hip" that will not lie flat. Lastly, to do this type of a waistband, I would have had to put some interfacing in so it would hold it's shape. All good to know for future projects I'm certain.
In any case, it's too short for me and I haven't even hemmed it yet, so I think it's time to just let it go. There is no point in hanging on to a piece of clothing that does not fit well and shouldn't be worn in public. It is still kind of difficult to just toss it after all the time I put into it.
I'm not giving up on sewing clothes, but I am going to take a little break and turn my attention back to quilting for a little while. The cold, fall weather has got me wishing we had more quilty-good throws to cover up with while watching tv.