I made this skirt (Burda 09-2010-104) last week.
I did 4 photo shoots and ended up with crap photos every time. Each crap photo taught me something useful though. It really showed me what was working with this skirt and what wasn't.
Posting your photos on line is a little like clothing therapy. You are faced with the honest consequences of your work and there's nowhere to hide. It might look OK when you are staring down on it, or in the mirror but the camera says, "this is how it really looks."
The best look was this one - where the yoke was hidden by layers above. Then the pleats and the twist bottom sit quite nicely and there's no weird distortion of lines where my big tummy pulls everything off line.
I like it with the tartan bag (blogged here)
Instead of using a double layer of outer fabric I used a combination of outer fabric and lining. The lining is a very pretty acetate. Although my fabric had good drape it was heavier than the recommended ones so the twist part doesn't really show. It kind of just looks like a messy rumpled pulled-straight-off-the-floor skirt. Just like a school uniform in fact!
The tartan is the "black watch" tartan which I picked up from Nick's. It feels like a cotton-wool blend. I'm not sure if it's exactly the same material as the St Cuthbert's school uniform but a busload of boys whistled at me (not sure if in a good or bad way - there could be a fair bit of mocking involved) as I walked past so I'm guessing it's close enough.