This is yet another BWOF 01-2008-127b, Princess Seamed Pencil Skirt "exclusive design" from the January 2008 BWOF and one of my favorite skirt patterns ever. The material is one of the "designer graphic cotton prints" from Gorgeous Fabrics. The fabric was really nice to sew with- it's a bit lightweight, but presses and sews really well. It's lined with silk habotai also from Gorgeous Fabrics because I just couldn't bring myself to sew all those curvy seams in ambiance, and the material needed a lining. This is WAY brighter than anything I'd ever usually wear, but hey- Florida in a few weeks!
I held my breath while I was topstitching. Nothing fancy, just used some cotton thread and ran the right edge of the foot down the seamline. Carefully. VERY VERY slowly!
Here's the lining hem... I like the curvy stitch for lining hems. Easy.
There's an invisible side zipper with strips of white weft interfacing underneath on the left. It was hand basted first since I was worried about how light the fabric was, but it went in OK. The waistband is, again, grosgrain ribbon from my grandma's stash. I basted the fabric & lining together, then stitched down the ribbon on the outside, understitched it, and then pressed it. I hand tacked it to the lining in a few spots to further encourage it not to flip out, and called it a day. The hand tacking was mostly because I was already nearby with thread & needle, sewing the lining to the zipper. Zippers itch me like crazy, so if I don't stitch the lining almost right to the teeth, I'll never actually wear the skirt. My sister has a few nice skirts now that I originally made myself & failed to do this step on. ;)