I did quite a bit since I started this skirt, entered a bag competition, had a fun day in NYC with Peter and Friends, went on a Vacation to Jamaica, and now I am fully inspired to complete the skirt.
I finally gathered my skirt using the technique I learned from Teri, who I met at the MPB day in NYC on August 11th. Teri recommended I used a heavier weight thread like carpet thread etc., I bought some leather thread that day in NYC for this project. You would not add the heavy thread to the machine instead you lay it in a straight line on the fabric within the seam allowance, and do a zig zag stitch over the heavier thread, when done pull the heavy thread and walla gathering begins.
I sewed on the waistband and pinned the hem, and measured where I will be adding the buttons and buttonhole. I decided to go with top stitching the back part of the waistband to the skirt, stitching in the ditch I believe it is call was not easy. After I was done, I remember I had my disappearing marker I could have used to give me some much needed guideline LOL.
The end is in sight only a couple of buttonholes keeping me from my debut, making buttonholes is slow going. I did a couple of practice buttonholse still not good enough yet to attempt it on the skirt.