This fabric is nice and easy to sew with but I just haven't been putting in the hours.
This is what happens when the flash doesn't go off (I think). Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. I think when the flash doesn't go off, you get an orangey-yellow glow from the incandescent lamp I have over the ironing board. When the flash does go, the brighter light of the flash gives truer colours. Added to this is the peach colour of the fabric so sorry about having to wear sunglasses for this shot.
The front band (for buttons and buttonholes) is sewn to the wrong side of the shirt and then folded around and topstitched to the right side.
As usual, I press the heck out of the fabric. Even though the trimmed seam allowances get folded toward the band, I first press them open and then press them toward the band.
Then I turn it over and press the band from the inside of the shirt too, just to make sure it is flat. I even use the clapper on the wrong side.
When I go to topstitch the band to the right side, I can just slide the folded long edge over the original stitching line and because all the layers have been flattened so much, the actual topstitching goes very smoothly.
This skirt pattern has a yoke and the inside of the yoke becomes the facing for the top of the skirt because there is no waistband. I wanted to line the skirt and when I have done this before, I have had to rig up a lining because the pattern doesn't call for one. As I was making this skirt now for the third time, I suddenly realized that I could attach the lining to the yoke facing and when the yoke gets all attached to the skirt itself, the lining will hang down and hide all the inside seams, including the bottom of the yoke facing which the pattern instructions don't say to finish in any way. I know I am a little obsessed about finishing the inside of garments but it seems to give me peace of mind so I'll continue doing it.