However, I *have* figured out how to get what I want, or rather, how to get it to look the way I want it too. I'm still working on some of the logistics, like figureing in for seam allowances, but this should work.
That, and I think I have an Idea or three for what to do with the wasted bits of fabric. It, of course, requires buying *more* fabric, either black on black or white on white, depending whom I make it for. Either taht, or a really funky colorful skirt-thing that I may never actually wear... but looks kinda cool in my head.