Since that skirt is a print and it's gets so much use, I knew I would get a lot of wear out of a comfortable black basic skirt along the same lines. Motivation struck to sew when I realized I had this lovely black poly knit in my stash from when I bought a bunch of fabric from my friend. I didn't have lining fabric, though, and when I went to Joann's they had nothing suitable (super cheap) in black, so I got the closest thing they had, gray, and used it. More than wanting to save money, I wanted to use the same fabric I used for the other one since it works so well—feels great, adds nice body to the garment, and does not cling staticwise.
Sewing both the skirt and the lining means there are 16 panels to cut out and sew. That is somewhat daunting for someone like myself who finds repetition dull, but the upside is that the margin for error is low since the construction technique required involves just two steps.
I sewed it all on my serger, and I was not so lazy that I did not switch thread colors for the lining and the fashion fabric. I did switch and I am glad I did. No one but me will probably ever know, but sewing my own clothes is all for my pleasure anyway.
I made the elastic waist a little too large. This is a recurring problem for me; I guess I fear a tight waistband so much that I go overboard. In fact, in this picture I have taken out about an inch and a half with a safety pin. I did lose some weight since the time I sewed it, but that's a lot to be overboard with.
I am super happy with the skirt. My husband insists I need to make all my skirts shorter. I am short and he is probably right, but I can't go as short as he thinks so I am still working on finding the proper length: short enough to look good on my figure but decent enough for work and my age (not 20).
Speaking of figures. sigh. I see I need a better brassiere and posture. Neither is really within my power. I can't stand tight, bindy things so the bra will stay what it is. The posture has been a bane to me my whole life. I must have been born with abnormally weak back muscles. I try to improve but it hasn't happened much in 57 years, so I don't expect I will get control over the situation in the time I have left on the Earth.