I have been working on this skirt for about two weeks. I was so frustrated. It was testing me! Finally after my 5 th or 6 th try at the gathers I gave up. Bump it make a casing put some elastic in there and call it a day. I made my sash too long so I only needed half but all in all it came out GREAT! I have to pay special attention to the sash or else I will have sash on top skirt in the bottom and that is not cute! Now to make my plaid one. Making the skirt with casing instead means I can definitely make more I want a neon yellow one.