Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing: Sew a Full, Gathered Skirt , Part One: Make Your Own Pattern!
This is a basic dirndl style skirt. Basically, that means that the pattern is composed of two rectangles: one for the skirt body, and one for the waistband. What could be easier? First, you need a big rectangle for the skirt front and back. Get out some sort of large patternmaking paper. (This could be actual patternmaking paper. Which is my personal favorite. Or you can use butcher block paper or even a bunch of printer paper taped together.). Note: this image isn't anywhere close to being to scale!
Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing: Make This Skirt! Part Two of the Gathered Skirt Tutorial
First, a note about fabrics. If you want super-duper fullness, I recommend using a fabric with a lot of body, like taffeta. If you want a softer look, something with more drape (like silk crepe or a soft cotton) would work better. Also, it's worth noting that this type of pattern was just made. The dupioni is softer than the taffeta, and you can see the difference in the photos above. For a 45" wide fabric, you'll need about 2-1/2 yards. So you've followed the directions in part one of this tutorial.