Ah....with a little bit of a break from each other and a bit of stubbornness persistence, this skirt and I have found our peace!
(Her horse swing, you might be wondering, is from here.)
The fabric is Lotta Jansdotter's Ruta Sarsparilla. Though it looks black, it's really a lovely chocolate brown, and on the heavy end of a quilting weight cotton, it's quite dreamy for a skirt fabric. The fabric was the very reason I persisted on with this project - I couldn't get the vision of it as a skirt out of my head.
The pattern, is the Drop-Waist Wrap Skirt from Simple Modern Sewing. (I also made a shirt from this book recently.) The patterns in this book are gorgeous - I have lofty goals of making many of them. But, even with the English translation, I do think the patternmaking takes a bit of sewing intuition to get to the end result of something wearable. For instance, I have to tell you that this "wrap", the one I carefully followed the instructions for....well, it's not a wrap. Not by any means. It's a fully yoked skirt that tightens with the drawstring running through and over the yoke. I'm not sure what that means - either the title is wrong, the directions were off, I had consumed too little coffee or too much wine, or was distracted somehow.
I don't know the answer to that, nor why the pleating originally resulted in a skirt that might have fit Annabel. Sometimes, I believe, it's best not to ask too many questions about such things. Because in the end, there's a very comfortable skirt on my hips. And all is well.