Well I haven't been as studious as I could have been but the skirt project is now sitting at 50% done - as illustrated by the photo below.
As you can tell in the end I didn't cut and sew all in one big process line and instead heeded the word of my husband who told me to make one first to be sure the size is correct. You won't hear this very often but he was right. The skirt on the right (white) is about 8cm to small. An anomaly I can not fathom given that I am using the exact same tracings as I used for another skirt that fits perfectly.
In any case due to my generally lazy nature I didn't resize the pattern (I had already gone through that to get the original 28 inch waist to a more reasonable size to fit me and I didn't want to do that all over) instead I did the only sensible thing.... I took half a cm off the seams on the second one... with 8 seams and 2 pattern pieces per seam that netted me the 8cm I required to get the thing to fit somewhere not under my bust.
On that note whist I did the only SENSIBLE thing, there was a point in the trying on phase that another solution came to mind. That being to add suspenders and pretend it was always supposed to sit that high, alas it was not meant to be. The fact it is too small is not to much of an issue given that at the moment I am on a diet and trying really hard to lose weight.... about 30kg would be nice but I'll take whatever I can get for now. If I can lose about 10-15 I should be able to fit into all my old dresses which will be most exciting.
The second skirt (orange) fits fine, so I will be continuing with the sewing them with 1cm seam allowance and not resizing. I have cut out the strawberry one which shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to complete and then I have two more to go. I can't get them done quickly enough to be honest there is a massive heat wave in Sydney.
And now for a moment of parental pride, I am adding a picture of my sewing buddy who dutifully kept me company for the frustrations of these skirts. My Baby Odin the best dog in the whole world.... anyone else have a sewing buddy to vent at when unpicking is called on?