11 pm update:
OK, finished all the kids' clothes. Only my own skirt left. Corduroy, unlined, invisible zipper, A-line. Easy as pie, right? Then why am I so darned nervous about cutting into the fabric (which was like $2, thanks to lovely coupon)? Answer: It's been yonks since I drafted a skirt for me. Forgot everything, like where exactly to put the darts- are they halfway between midline and side seam? Or are they 7.5" apart (magic number that is lodged in my brain from Homec days)? And how long are they? 4"? 3.5"? And also cannot reconcile that my waist is almost as large as my hips. What happened? Could 3 children really have wreaked such damage? The skirt block is basically a rectangle!
Also I want top-stitching (by hand) along the pocket and waistband. Why? Why? And with what sort of thread? I only have skinny polyester machine thread. I will end up using embroidery floss, I can FEEL it!
Years ago, after my Sec 1 (7th grade equivalent) exams, my best friend and I went out to celebrate. Had nothing to wear, so I drafted and sewed my first garment - a white twill miniskirt (also found some random blouse to go with it, of course). Just like that. And where is that old grasp-the-bull-by-the-horns, that whoo-hoo-let's-wing-it daring now? It is gone. I sewed 16 garments this week, including overalls for Kate that I drafted on some scrap butcher paper with a ball-point pen and a 12-inch ruler (because I misplaced my measuring tape) and I am weak-kneed at the thought of cutting out an A-line skirt.
Incidentally, I did not spend all night sewing. After the kids were in bed, we painted our bathroom! Green! So crazy. But actually much more exciting than sewing.