My pattern of choice was as basic as could be. I wanted to get the fit good without working around a lot of details and since I wasn't sure I would really like the shape on me, I didn't want to invest a lot of time in it. Enter McCall's 3830.
For the first try, I used a piece of corduroy leftover from this jacket. I had just enough of both the corduroy and the lining left for the skirt. In the past, I have been unhappy with how the front of straight skirts fit me. This time I left out the front darts. While I do curve out quite a bit from waist to hip, I don't really curve much at the front - it's all on the sides and at the back. I was really happy with how the fit turned out.
This was posted earlier, but here's the picture again:
Since the corduroy had a bit of stretch, I taped the waist and used a stable twill fabric for the facings. That seemed to work well - the waist doesn't stretch out at all. The skirt wears really well and is very comfortable thanks to the lining and the stretch fabric. I decided to make another using the fabric leftover from this jumper (this is the problem with a good simple skirt pattern - it's really tempting to turn every small cut of fabric into a skirt).
I did the same things for this version as for the first except that it doesn't have a lining. I wore a slip with it in an attempt to keep it from sticking to my tights when I walk, but it doesn't work as well as a lining. The color is different from most of the things in my closet and I think it's a good addition.
The top is a quick make from Butterick 3344. I changed the neck and added a twisted binding treatment following the instructions here. It isn't very visible with the sweater, but it might prove to be a good layering top and I didn't want it to be entirely plain.
I made the sleeves extra long and gathered the bottom with clear elastic. I've done this on other tops and really like how it feels. When you have really long arms like I do and every top you have ever purchased has had sleeves that are too short, wearing extra long sleeves feels really luxurious.
The sweater was comfortable to wear and was a good, warm layer. You can read a bit more about it here.
This picture is courtesy of my daughter, the master of the "silly shot." She coached me. :)