Several weeks ago Denver Fabrics had what they call "cotton suiting" on sale for $1.99 a yard! I bought two pieces, one of which was this lovely pin-cord.
I knew almost immediately what I wanted to do with it:
(I did take two photos with the blouse tucked in but I didn't like them at all.) I used the skirt pieces from Vogue 8811. I didn't make a waistband, just a narrow facing cut from a scrap of lighter weight pink cotton. Strictly speaking, it didn't need elastic; my ample hips would have kept it up without it but it felt loose to me so the facing became a casing for elastic. And of course it has a 7 inch zipper and pockets. (The blouse is very old, probably close to 20 years. I rarely wear it. I keep it around just in case I need a white blouse.)
I love the skirt. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I already have several summer tops that I think will look okay with it and a couple more planned that I think will look even better.
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After I finished this skirt (Wednesday) I immediately went back to work on That Dress and it's almost finished. I just need to hem it and that's it. I have discovered (or decided) two things: 1, Merely the fact that I worry that unfinished projects will become never finished projects means that I probably won't let that happen even if I stop and work on something else for a while, and 2, taking a break from a project gone wrong to work on something else can actually be helpful. I won't say that I will never completely give up on a project but if I love the fabric and there's any chance that it can become something wearable there's no giving up. It's just the way I am.