First I messed up my math, and ended up cutting more pieces than I anticipated. Then... well, I got picky. Picky is a good thing. Every seam is frenched or covered, and I did a proper job on the zipper and buttons. Okay. The zipper and buttons didn't take long. Assembling the tiers *did* - especially the bottom tier, which measures about 6 yards at the hem. I always forget that even simple things, when they involve miles of fabric, take a long time!
I am particularly pleased - albeit somewhat conflicted - about my solution for seam finishing with my gathered seams. I've tried a few methods of finishing gathered seams, and have never been satisfied. Making french seams out of them is a nightmare. Pinking them doesn't really help. Hong Kong seams (covered with bias tape) well... those are okay, but they can be a bit scratchy. They stick out, you know?
I was pawing around in my seam binding bag when I came across some hem tape - and this is a *beautiful* finish. I sewed one side of the hemtape to the seam (on the wrong side) and the other side I handstitched to the skirt, so I have flat ribbons instead of lumpy gathers or ravelly messes.
So I am totally psyched about the finish quality. But the time! It took me about four hours to do all the handsewing on this skirt.
Other details: It fits well, and is ridiculously comfortable. I don't feel like I'm wearing a skirt, it's so light and holds so far out from my legs. It's *definitely* a twirling skirt!
All in all - I'm happy.