|Desired shape L, original silhouette R|
Unfortunately the A-line didn't fit. The waist was too big, by over an inch. The shape was weird: instead of curving over the hip them gently flaring it jutted straight out from the waist. Very not flattering. ----->
I set about altering it. I removed the waistband from the back, unpicked the side seams and the darts. This was a home sewn number with tiny stitches, black on black, so it took a while to dismember. Then I fit it on my newly customized dress form.
Currently one side is basted to fit and I just need to copy the changes to the other side. Then I'll double check fit, sew it back together and voila! nice winter skirt. At least that's the plan ;)
PS: I saw a good warm coat for sale and bought it. I may still sew a wool coat in the future.