This skirt was a royal pain in the you-know-what. It was the Burda pattern I’ve been making all year but the wool–a nice heavy tweed from B and J Fabrics–just fought me. Herringbone stretches in weird directions! Thick, weirdly stretchy wool needs to be stabilized around the zipper and the waistband! An invisible zipper is not the best choice for a heavy wool! Tweed frays so much you have to finish all the edges before even sewing the pieces together!

BUT–it’s done (thank god; I thought it would never end), it looks fine (on the outside), and I got lots of compliments on it Monday, so it’s not a failure.
However, I think this project taught me an important lesson: I really don’t want to make a coat after all.