I was a little nervous to cut into it, but you can see that I did in this post. And I matched the plaid by making sure I laid the bottom of the pattern pieces on the same stripe in the plaid. I decided to line the skirt to make dressing even easier and wearing even more comfortable (I hate when my slip and my skirt/dress don't move in the same way so that I'm conscious of two separate layers - lining eliminates this!). I used a navy lining fabric from JoAnn's and simply made a duplicate skirt. The waistband facing at the top holds the lining in place, as does my handstitching at both sides. I left the lining hem free of the skirt hem.
Thanks to the deep green in this skirt, I'm having a new color crush. I don't know what it looks like on your monitor, but it's a deep jewel green. Like cobalt blue is to navy, this deep green is to the 80s hunter green. It's lively.
I bought this elbow-sleeve sweater at the thrift store for $3 and got it home to realize it was kelly-green. So gauche next to the deep rich colors in the skirt. So I dyed the sweater!
The sweater in these photos was overdyed with Rit Dark Green #35. I did it the Saturday night before I wore it to church, while Ben and a friend roared through the dishes (nothing broke, just the silverware drawer spilled over the floor, so I took the opportunity to clean the silverware tray while the sweater simmered on the stove). And the girls shrieked in and out of the kitchen, and I told my husband I was dyeing a sweater, and he said, "I'm impressed, but not surprised." Isn't he the best? I flopped the wet sweater on the radiator overnight, and wore it (I confess) smugly to church the next morning. And these whimsical green gems that I bought from an opera-singer neighbor years ago finally have an outfit! I still have some wool plaid left: maybe I can get one of my girls to wear a matching skirt.