After taking in one of the panels to make it more my size, and changing the elastic, I still wasn't happy with it. I tried it on a few times, hemmed and hawed in the mirror, and put it back on the hanger on the UFO wall. Until one day when I was trying it on I thought, hey, how about making it shorter? I quickly grabbed some elastic and tied it around my waist and starting pulling up the skirt to more of a knee length version and finally - success! I even decided to go with a hi/lo hemline and I think it works. Here is the final product along with Simplicity 2181 - made from a matching teal knit I had in the stash.
But I know, you are thinking "Hey, the skirt was just a plain batik one to start with". Of course the batik looked a little plain for me so I grabbed some coordinating striped fabric I had in the stash and started making some bias tape. I had seen at some point in time a raw edge bias tape treatment and wanted to give that a try - so instead of folding the tape so it had two folded edges, I folded it in half and left one raw edge - that way when it's washed, the raw edge will fray a little bit causing an interesting effect. Here's a close-up of the effect:
Here you can see the bias tape as I was pinning it and experimenting. And, bonus, a little bag of matching yo-yo's that I had recently purchased at a quilt show. The little yo-yo's matched perfectly and I ended up using all but two of them.
Here you can see the hi/lo skirt action:
And another look at the bias tape treatment. I used a triple zig-zag stitch to sew it on and I considered it a "bobbin waster" project, as I emptied about 10 bobbins with minimal thread on them in various colors stitching on the bias trim.
Blouse - 1.5 yards
Bias trim - 1 yard
Total YTD = 70.41yards
Another UFO finished - PRICELESS!
Happy sewing everyone~!~