Aaaarrrrgh. No smart skirts in Gloucester - they are all floaty and flowery (lovely, but not what I need). From the simplest of sewing patterns and the most basic of materials (1.5m of cotton material, some bias binding and a zip) - and with my fingers crossed (well not literally - I had to work a sewing machine) - Ta da! it worked. Let's just hope it does it's job!