While this skirt is definitely not a failure, I'm still not sure whether I'll consider it a success. It definitely looks better than version one and it absolutely fits better than version one (although I'm thinking that perhaps I could have gone down another size...this pattern apparently has a ton of wearing ease built into the size recommendations). I like the fabric (designed by the lovely Anna Maria Horner) and of course the pockets are girl's dream come true.
But I'm just not sure of the overall look because although it looks fairly decent in these pictures, the pleats all around the skirt make it look a little billowy (and not in a good way) at times. I realize now that I should have taken a side-profile shot so that you could see what I'm talking about (and so you don't think I'm just nuts and overly critical).
Perhaps the skirt will grow on me.
Perhaps it won't.
Only time will tell.
I will say that when I asked my husband about the skirt he commented that it poofed out a bit under the waist band and then moved his hand to that area to flatten it down - at which point I had to tell him that it poofed out because my stomach poofed out (thank you, past pregnancy and brownie sundaes). You've never seen a man look so horrified, wishing so badly that he could take back what just came out of his mouth. It kind of made me giggle.
Pattern: Simplicity 2215
Fabric: From Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks line
Alterations: Used a smaller seam allowance when sewing on the band to make the band a bit wider. Finished the waist band using the method described in Colette Ginger skirt pattern to make it look more finished (and by more finished, I mean that it doesn't look like crap. Woot-woot!)