kay_dee--thanks for explaining the circle-skirt construction. I was thinking of commercial patterns, which already have the waistlines cut, so no wonder I was confused! Your method makes sense, and I'll definitely try it if I decide to make my skirt that full. afaeryschild--WOW, your skirt embroidery pattern is AMAZING! Virtual cookies AND root beer for you! Thanks, too, for posting the links for materials. Very helpful.