However, I totally misunderstood the construction, thinking it was a wrap-around skirt that fastened with buttons. In fact it is a "normal" back-zipped skirt with pocket yokes inserted underneath the front at the sides. The buttons are purely decorative.
The insertion of the pocket yokes is proving to be a challenge. I tried to "size up" the skirt by adding 5/8" to each of the centre front, the pocket yokes and the centre back. As a result, my yokes are too big for the gap they are intended to fill. I charged on regardless, trying to make them fit, and ended up with wrinkling and lumpiness. Now that I understand why they don't fit, I will have to unpick them and trim the excess fabric.
It is therefore entirely likely that the skirt will be too small at the waist and that I should have added even more to the centre backs and front fold. Grrrr.
The waistband is designed to be either lined with another fabric, or backed with grosgrain ribbon. Now I know why this pattern only requires a yard of fabric - because several essential parts are cut out of other material! So the metre of grey lining I bought to line the skirt as a whole has already been pillaged for bodged pocket linings and may therefore be insufficient. Grrrr.
Luckily, I have a metre of grosgrain ribbon in my haberdashery box for the waistband .. but I won't use it until I am sure the garment fits.
This is what you would call a "toile". Toiling away, by night and by day, toi-ling a-way by night and by day!
What? You don't sing along to obscure German Romantic operas while you sew?!
It is still snowing. The snow plough cleared the "main" road on Saturday afternoon so we made it out to the airport to collect The Girl. But we had to use a sledge to get her luggage back to the farmhouse as our track is impassable.
I was at work today, but FL took me there and collected me early, as further heavy snowfalls were forecast and we certainly didn't want to be snowed out!