There is a fine line between frugal and cheap. The latter conjures images of Scrooge, Mr. Burns and the lady at the grocery store who walks around with a calculator and berates the cashier when charged a few pennies more than she had anticipated. I tend to try to stay in the frugal category and I hope this doesn't set me over the line.
I know/hope that I'll only get to wear this skirt (assuming it turns out well) for a few months before I shrink out of it but I want to make it anyway. I like the pattern for the skirt and assuming it turns out well I'm sure I'll want to make it again. Right now I'm in the largest size--and even that's pushing it--which is no big deal but I know I'll be smaller soon so I don't want to cut out the largest size and cut over the smaller sizes. Here's where I hope I'm not being cheap: even though I only paid, like $1.99 max for this pattern at Joanns I don't want to buy it again but I also don't want to use pattern paper if I can help it because that gets expensive (not to mention time-consuming) if I retrace every size of every pattern. So this time I tried cutting out the outside line even where the outside line was a different size then folding the paper until just the size I needed was on the outside.
I also learned how to use transfer paper. Usually I would simply lift the pattern and try to line up the marks (I also discovered that I've been doing this on the wrong side--that is to say the right side). But I couldn't find a washable crayola marker that would show up on this fabric (man, maybe I am cheap) so I decided to try transfer paper. Aside from being much more messy than I expected, once I figured out what I was doing it was really simple, accurate and very fast. Bonus, it looks like the paper can be used multiple times! Anyway I'm sold on it--especially for patterns with a lot of marks and darts like this one has.
So that's my progress so far. I'm hoping that the sewing will move quickly. Happy sewing, my friend!