Looking closer, it has been taken in even further on one side. Whoever made the alteration removed half of the waistband, took in the R side seam, and sewed the waistband back together again - all to avoid interfering with the zip. This means the darts and tartan are both off-centre, something that Needs To Be Changed!
However I'm happy that they didn't trim the waistband extension off, because I'm going to need that! It has a half back lining and a CB inverted pleat, and lots of wrinkles! The lining has a CB ease pleat, and the lower edge has been stitched and pinked:
The skirt was basically returned to it's original fit, the only change was to straighten the hip curve a bit. Unfortunately this meant resetting the zip - something I hoped I wouldn't have to do as lapped zips are such a pain in the side seam!
So here it is, a much better fit:
I really like it with purple for some reason, and fuschia for a real pop:
And maybe I can make it work with my new golden
Any other colour suggestions? Amazing really, once you get more colour in your wardrobe, how much more interesting your options are. I know - it has taken me a long time to come to this conclusion!
*RSB - this is a term my first employer used to apply to poorly made garments, or a machinist who favoured quantity over quality. I think it must be 'old rag trade slang', as this is the only time I've heard it used. Actually, she used a lot of these types of phrases - a whole new terminology to me, lol - but they still echo in my head and I think of her whenever the appropriate situation arises!
What? You want to know what the R, the S and the B stand for?! Ok then, it is rip, shit or bust!