My decision? Go with the more modern and unexpected choice. For me, that meant a full skirt made from plaid flannel.
Using Kwik Sew 3794. I know, I know. It really IS a basic pattern.
Made even easier to fit because it has elastic in the back waist. I'm okay with that since I knew I'd wear this in the cold weather with a layer over it.
But here is what I discovered.
Because I was trying re-size and re-fit in a pattern, the elastic back gave me a sense of general fit and what size I should be. It allowed me to feel my body in a new way without having to fiddle with a multi-piece fitted pattern.
I measured my waist and cut that size per the pattern chart.
Turned out it was too big. Which meant it was an easy fix.
And here's another tip: the thicker your fabric, the more fullness you'll need to remove. I probably had to take out a good 6 inches of fullness for this plaid flannel to work. Now, if I make this same skirt from a vintage bed sheet or a silky Charmeuse or Georgette with soft drape, I would probably leave the fullness in.
a little more unexpected-ness...polka dot pockets. I added these, since the pattern didn't have them. And because I love a skirt with pockets.Especially polka dot pockets.