If you’re going to start making design changes on a skirt, please learn from my mistakes. Adding piping creates extra bulk. Don’t use a folded over waist band, do create a facing instead! this would have saved me so much aggravation. As it was, I had to hand stitch down the waist band to ensure it was even, and spent my teeth grinding minutes unpicking.
Also do pay attention to the instructions, even if you think its a piece of cake. Half way through this pattern I discovered why the waist band seemed too big. It had an overlapping section above the zip. By which time, you’ve guessed it, mine had been cut down to size. Happily this was more easily fixed, with a hook and eye. Don’t read pattern pieces when half asleep and working on multiple projects. You may discover you’ve cut off more then required of the hem (the lining has now merely been overlocked to spare it any further depredations!).
In short, a lot of this project was a learning experience, but it has turned out pretty nicely. Through necessity (my sister was on her sewing machine and I didn’t have access to anyone else’s) I did my first hand picked zipper. I know, hand stitching is not something I am a fan on but it worked quite well. I particularly love the silk polka dot lining. Very fun.
One last change, the fabric didn’t create a very good pleat at the back. It “popped out” and looked ugly. On my sister’s wedding day I hand tacked it down, which meant I couldn’t take any large steps. After getting home I turned it in to a box pleat. Much better!