But sometimes it doesn't seem to matter what you do, it was simply not meant to be.
No, I haven't put the waistband on yet, and I know that would pull it in and up a bit.
But I honestly don't think that would help.
I chose the wrong size and the wrong fabric for this skirt.
The next picture demonstrates the issue a little more clearly...
But here is the clincher...
A vast behind, me hearties!
I have already taken it in by a full size down the sides, but there is way too much bulk from the multiple layers of too-heavy denim. I can't shave off any more from there because of how the pockets fall. The sticky-out pockets are the point of this skirt. But sticky-out side seams are not part of the design.
I can see the potential of this pattern, in the right size (6 not 8, despite measuring myself and the pattern before I started) and in much thinner / drapier fabric.
But I should have listened to my gut instinct - it is a pattern for a curvaceous girl, not an ironing board like me.
Ms Idle Fancy looks frankly GORGEOUS in hers. Oh good lord, have you seen her wedding photos?!
But I am an entirely different shape and size.
When will I learn?!
And I made such a good job of the zip too...
So here's the plan: I am going to give away this pattern to one of you lovely readers.
It is the Peggy Skirt from Bluegingerdoll patterns.
Abby, the designer, was very kind and helpful in answering my questions, and there is a sewalong on her blog too.
Fancy having a go?
Just leave a comment (including a way to contact you) below by midnight on 14 February to be entered in the lucky draw.
Go on - you have nothing to lose!