and back view:
Skirt: tea-length full skirt in charcoal wool flannel, with narrow waistband, side zip, and two-button closure (worn layered over this dress/slip/nightgown hybrid).
I swear I wasn't consciously modeling it on this Burdastyle skirt (second image on the page), but it must have stuck in my mind. I love tea-length (and longer) skirts--I'm lucky I'm tall, I guess! The only issue with this skirt is the prodigious amount of fabric at my waist and hips. Next time I sew with a fabric of this weight (very medium, for wool), I'll go for a flared four-gore rather than a dirndl style. I like the swirliness, though, and the warmth, and if it's really unwearable, well, I can pick it apart and cut it down! That's the joy of a garment whose major pattern piece is a 30" x 40" rectangle.
The non-joy, of course, is the 80" hem. It wasn't finished when I took these pictures--you can see the pins sticking out, yikes!--but I buckled down the next morning and just hemmed it already. It's not entirely invisible, but I think I can live with that--especially since nobody is likely to be looking too closely at my lower shins.
And I've also managed to squeeze a long-sleeved bolero out of this length of fabric (two 60"-wide yards)! It's still in pieces, spread out on the couch in my sewing room. Yes, my sewing room has a couch in it. Go ahead, be jealous.
Finally, I added some embroidery thread loops to hold a skinny belt centered over the waistband. The bulk over my hips and waist seems less obvious with a contrast belt. This is as good a time as any to mention that I'm not much of an accessorizer--I have one gray canvas watch, one brown leather belt, and one pair of brown leather shoes which I tend to pair with everything--and I welcome suggestions for other possible ways to style my outfits.
That's all for now--you'll have to petition Dear Partner yourself if you want to see pictures of her owls-&-bikes apron. If there's any interest, I can also post a tutorial--aprons are pretty straightforward and don't require a lot of fitting, just a lot of long straight boring seams. Any takers?