I had purchased several different fabrics for this challenge, but settled on a lightweight linen I had in my stash because I really, really wanted to add some fun appliques. I drafted the skirt from my measurements (thanks Whipstitch!), so no store-bought patterns were harmed in the making of this skirt :)
I love piping (really, who doesn't?), so I worked it into the design of the waistband and tiny coin pocket. I considered adding it to the hem as well, but went with another plan (get to that later).
For the applique circles, I traced a ribbon spool, then hand cut and machine appliqued in place. The fabric is some kind of silk/cotton upholstery fabric that I scored at the FabMo fabric giveaway here in Mountain View. The circles continue on the back, too!