I finally found the time to finish up this bad boy (or bad babe, as the case may be):
It's the Beignet Skirt from Colette Patterns, sewn up in Echino fabric from Superbuzzy. Sorry it's a wee bit rumpled in the photos. I didn't want to wait to wash and press it, so I just trimmed the threads and put it on. The tailor's chalk lines are still visible, even. I know: tsk, tsk.
I'm very pleased with the finished product. As always, I didn't really follow the instructions. I didn't make a lining and I did away with the pockets. I didn't make belt loops or the self-tie belt, as I'm a fan of belts with buckles, and the skirt comes high enough up on the waist that any belt is more or less going to stay put.
I had this plan when I first started: I wasn't going to make button holes, because they're sort of a pain. I figured I'd just use some snaps, and sew the buttons on the outside with the snaps on the underside and all would be well. You know what takes longer than sewing button holes? Hand sewing snaps to two undersides of a skirt, that's what. After snap number four I realized it would be a heck of a lot faster to just bow down to the button hole, so that's what I did.
The pattern runs a bit large. Sarai has an eye out for the curvier gal (and more power to her!) so that may very well be why. A word to the wise, though: I wear a four and made myself a two. It's still a little roomy, but that's fine by me. I plan on wearing it to work, and I can't really go around in super bum-hugging garments since I teach high school English.