Well, I finally finished one of the personal projects I've had in mind, the high-waisted pencil skirt from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I copied the pattern nearly a year ago, I've had the fabric in my stash for even longer, but it finally all came together.
It started with a thrift store find, several metres of a purple-grey suiting-weight satin-weave mystery fabric in a shade somewhere between dark slate blue and muted purple. It might be wool, it might be acrylic or polyester, but I liked the hand and the colour (and the price, of course, appealed to my Dutch sensibilities). I made up the skirt in a straight size 16, with only minor alterations (shortening the back darts and moving the front darts to a more flattering position for me). I also opted to forgo the high-waisted look in favour of a straight 1-1/2 inch (3.8 cm) band.
The hardest part was trying to match thread and zipper, since the colour is not really a fashionable shade right now. I finally opted for dark grey. Oh, and trying to work around a series of regular holes along the centre fold of the fabric, which had probably been a mill end.