I finished the skirt! it worked out just fine. I went from LOVING this pattern (McCall's 4306 which I now see is out of print) deciding it was the best ever, to not liking it, then reverting to liking it a whole lot again. It's only 2 pieces, which is wonderful. But, it's cut on the bias which means it uses 2 yards. I have this rule that for skirts I buy 1 1/2 yards, just to keep on hand, so I actually had to NOT use my skirt fabric stash for this. . .
But, I think I may be converted to this new pattern anyway because the 2 pieces make it super easy and the bias gives it a great swing. There is a grosgrain ribbon waistband (hidden on the inside) and a side zipper. The trick with this was the seersucker. It is stretchy anyway, so when cut on the bias, it all got a bit jiggy. But some stay stitching (1/4" straight stitch from the raw edge) kept it from misbehaving. I will definitely make this pattern again. That there is a little freezer paper chicken from a vintage embroidery pattern. I added some hand stitching too and now need to add a baby chick to Sadie's dress because, as she noted, my skirt and her dress don't match without that detail. She is right. Now onto Miss Delia's outfit. Or top. I have very little left (the youngest one gets the shaft, huh?)