Well, I found this amazing dress from JCrew for $40 bucks! It is normally $200. There was just one in the store so I quickly grabbed it. Upon bringing it home I discovered that I just could not make it work - the tube top was a problem, it was the wrong size and too complicated for me to alter myself, etc. So I took a lot of photos, returned it and made a skirt similar to it using a basic skirt pattern I had for the base, and adding the ruffle and layers based on the dress. I had to use this beautiful fabric I bought from the quilt festival that has just been starring at me ever since, pleading with me to use it on something. So, though the end product is a bit flashy in color, I really love my skirt.
Remember if you live near me, I never cut the patterns I buy. If you would like to borrow, please let me know. You are welcome to them.