My husband insisted that it looked good (wink wink, of course he did), but there was no way I was going out in public like that.
What to do? I took off the waistband and added a wedge of fabric in between the front and back skirt pieces on each side.
Being wider at the bottom than the top, the wedge gave the skirt an a-line shape, and I like it.
I used a navy and white pinstriped stretch cotton from Fabric Mart. While I love the pinstripes, the fabric itself is quite thin and crisp, causing it to crumple like an empty bag of potato chips. The interfacing at the waistband and fly also completely bubbled up after just two washes. I guess it's time to find an alternative to Pellon (though sadly, I still have half a bolt of the stuff in my sewing room!). Any recommendations?
I decided not to face the hem band for no reason other than laziness (since I had to cut out new hem bands after adding my side-wedges). Instead I used some 1.5" chevron twill ribbon to face the hem. I think it is adorable, though it causes the hem to not be stretchy when the rest of the skirt is stretchy. That is kind of a "duh" revelation, but nevertheless one that I had not considered ahead of time.
Rumply fabric, bubbly fly and firm hem notwithstanding, this is exactly the kind of skirt I would buy in a store, and I may keep the side-wedges on future iterations. Though I will have to think carefully about sizing again on the next one - it seems that the stretchiness of the fabrics I have chosen thus far make a big difference in the size I should cut.
In any case, I love this pattern.