well well well
I was really expecting this to be a wadder. All the signs were bad... the fabric after prewashing came out like plastic. I doubted my vision of a ra-ra skirt (Simplicity 3881) for the middle aged. But friends this one really looks so lovely on. I highly recommend it for those of us with a generous girth who want to be flirty, but dignified.
What's more, I used my overlocker to do all the gathering and a rolled hem so it came together in a jiffy. I also used up some old smocked table napkins in the lower tier so that's some more guilt assuaged from my stash.
Now that's really something to get rara-ed about.