The Old Maid is finished. (That sounds ominous, doesn't it? - like the first line of a bad mystery novel) I had a cavalier attitude about this skirt. Usually my projects are born from a long and intensive planning process. I study my BWOF index obsessively for days before deciding on a project. This time, I just chose the first skirt for which the fabric requirements matched the amount of fabric I had on hand. I took a chance by choosing this silhouette. I wasn't sure it would flatter my boxy body. But since it was an old maid project to begin with, I had nothing to lose. Just like society in general, I didn't place a lot of value on an Old Maid. (The fact that some might consider me an Old Maid does nothing to change my attitude.) But my gamble paid off. I actually like the skirt! Since it was made with left-over fabric, it's an extra added bonus.
The skirt was very easy to make. The lining was made using the skirt pieces, which means the lining has 11 panels. I had no problem with the existence of a lining, but piecing together 11 panels is a little too much work for just a lining. I suspect a Big 4 pattern would have included just one front piece and one back piece for the lining. I remembered to interface the zipper area. I'm convinced now that interfacing this area makes a difference in the way the zipper area looks. Hopefully, I'll remember to do this every time from now on.
Parting non sequitur: I've developed a hypothesis. I often listen to books on CD while I sew. While making this skirt, I was listening to Lisey's Story by Stephen King. I wonder if I would have been more optimistic about this skirt if I'd listened to a lighter, happier book? Hmmm.