This is one of several garments made while my boys were off in west Texas with their grandparents. It is a simple design and I had zero fit issues, but all that precise white running-stitch really slowed me down. Completely worth it, though, IMO. This skirt has a front pleat and little pleated patch pockets, which totally sold me on the pattern.
I made this skirt to match this blouse, but while wearing the outfit to church this morning, I dribbled coffee all down the front. *Sigh.* This is what I call having an "Amanda moment". So you're seeing it paired with a super plain white blouse and my not-so-plain new pink pumps.
This design also features the running-stitch around the hem. Twice. That might look really cute, but I was D-O-N-E after the waistband and pockets. The waistband closes at the side and has an invisible zipper.
In this close-up you can see the white stitching and pockets better. The pattern directions have you topstitch the pockets to the skirt. I did that but it was distracting with all that other white stitching. So I sewed them invisibly by hand to the skirt instead. I love how the front pleat starts lower on the body and doesn't begin right under the waistband.
Here's a few close-up. This is the invisible zipper:
I added a full lining. When I cut the lining fabric, I decided to omit the pleat since it's purely decorative. I also attached the white running-stitch to the front side of the waistband only, so that it wouldn't show on the inside of the skirt. You know how I prefer neat insides and such. :)
I made view E, pictured on the bottom right side. I also love the white blouse they've paired it with, so might be making that one of these days.