So I've learned so much already from the thread I started over at Cutter and Tailor. Amazing! My mind has been pretty much blown.
One thing that took a little fiddling was drafting the darts. More specifically the shape of the darts.
One of Schneidergott's posts has very nuanced instructions for the shapes for front and back darts.
The legs of the back darts are supposed to have a combination of convex and concave shapes to hug your curves and also blend the point of the dart into the fabric so it doesn't give you those awful blubs at the end.
So here's what I did to make sure the contours my the dart legs are smooth and symmetrical.
I hadn't bought anything in April until yesterday, when I bought tights ($7), metallic sandals ($50) and fabric and notions to make up this skirt I'm drafting ($50 - I have expensive taste!) so I've spent $107.