Anyway, issues with the lining aside, I also had serious problems with the zipper. After I got all the seams sewn and the zipper in, I tried on the skirt and there was a weird bulge along the zipper.
The picture above doesn't do justice to the, ahem, manliness of the zipper bulge. The Flight of the Conchords' song, "Sugarlumps" comes to mind. You can't walk around in public looking like you're wearing a codpiece on your backside. Luckily, I discovered that this is a common problem with zippers in bias seams. The solution is to rip out the zipper, steam the seam back into shape, stabilize the fabric with interfacing and put the zipper again. After following these steps, there is still a suggestion of a bump, but at least it isn't obscene.
|Plaid matching at the side seam|
|Plaid matching FAIL on this side|
My next project is a knitted wrap to wear in my freezing office. As long as I'm in my cube, I'm wrapped into a ratty old afghan, winter and summer, but it is way too sloppy and unprofessional to wear to the conference room, which is even colder than my cube. I'm hoping that a nice wrap will be appropriate.