I don't often buy patterns for children's clothing, and especially not for skirts. There are so many great tutorials online that whenever I want to sew something I just search for one. But when it came to making an A-line skirt for R, I couldn't find anything appropriate, so I decided to experiment with making my own pattern. After all, how hard could it be?
As it turns out, not hard at all. And now I have a one-piece pattern (from which I cut my two pieces, then add a rectangular piece for a waistband) that I will be using again and again. I like ruffles and frills, but gee it's nice to make something that has no gathering! No zip! No buttons! No elastic! It hardly uses any fabric and is super-quick to sew - just two pieces sewn together to form a skirt with the waist large enough for the wearer to step into; then a rectangle of stretchy cotton jersey measured to fit around the waist, stretched out and sewn onto the skirt, then folded over and stitched down to form a soft and comfy waistband.
For the second skirt I made the waistband a tiny bit too large so I put some elastic in, which I'll remove when R's waist is bigger (if it ever gets any bigger. She seems to grow up, but never out. Her skirts fit for years!).