And so even though I just wanted a skirt to wear in casual situations, the wool crepe fabric has made this skirt look really quite good so now I'm thinking of making a cute cropped jacket to go with it from the same fabric so I have a funky skirt suit as well.
The fabric was a total bargain too - I bought a huge length of it from a garage sale for a couple of dollars, but when I got it home and opened it up I realised that there were moth holes along one edge of it. This fabric is very wide, so I just cut off the ruined part and washed the rest of the fabric in a warm cycle in the machine. Normally I would treat wool crepe with more care, but since this was cheap and almost ruined anyway I took a risk. It only felted up a little but didn't lose too much of its drape so no harm at all. I did keep the fabric in a big zip lock plastic bag though in case there were still moths or eggs in it, because I didn't want to infect the rest of my fabric.
So all in all, the fabric and the skirt turned out better than I had planned. Now I just need some cute tops to go with it, which is another big hole in my wardrobe!
Thanks for all your commiserations re my last failed dress project. It was my first Project Runway pattern, so not an auspicious start but I am contemplating making another Project Runway pattern but this time a girls dress for Anna, so hopefully that turns out better. And to assure you Gail that this dress is too small, this is as far I can get the zipper up:
Beyond saving I'm afraid!