I couldn't wait anymore. So even with the windy condition, cool temperature and a threat of rain, I wore the painted rope skirt. As shopwithm pointed out in her review, the skirt is really well done and could have easily been deemed Collection.
The lovely fabric with good weight and a lot of body is 53% wool and 47% silk (I have a weakness for natural fiber blends). But more than the fabric and nice construction (it's fully lined, the stripes match up nicely), I think it reads Collection because of the quirky stripes (or rope pattern) that look hand drawn. The waistband is backed with a grosgrain ribbon to hold its shape and though I'm not likely to use them, it has pockets (no, there's nothing wrong with the pockets, but why is it I want pockets when I don't often use them? That's a philosophical question ...).
It's pleated front and back and as suspected, will wrinkle a bit from sitting. Though the pleats kept their shape after a day's wearing, the skirt will need a steam or light ironing before the next time. The center back length of the size 00 is 21.75" and on my 5'2" height, the length is right at my knees.
If you read my Texas Tuxedo post, you'd recognize the Jean Shop dark denim shirt (with the brand's distinctive orange selvedge). I wanted to try it untucked, thinking the structure of the shirt would hold down any excessive fullness of the skirt. I thought it worked reasonably well, the wind had picked up some when the photo was taken.
You'd think in May (even if only a couple days in), I wouldn't be needing tights or thermal underwear, especially in SoCal. But I did. And I wore them.
There you have it, my fashion tip: thermal underwear.