I used Tanit-Isis' suggestion of zigzagging over a second thread to speed up the gathering for the second gathered panel. (Basically, the zig-zag acts as a casing, its pretty clever and quite quick.) I also decided to add in a pocket -- lipbalm addict that I am, I had no intention of allowing myself to be tied to a purse all evening. As this whole thing is made of gathers, I decided to be sneaky and make it a part of the panel, the opening of which would just be one more.
|Fun with math!
|sneaky pocket with my camera case peeking out
|current state of the skirt -- still pre-ironing