Now, I should start by saying that this skirt is awesome, but I'm not to sure how much can be attributed to the pattern. In theory New Look 6898 (now OOP) should be awesome, it's just a simple straight skirt with slash pockets and a few pleats in the front. I think the design is really flattering, but the pattern itself runs really BIG, so you need to be prepared to work on it to get it to fit.
the first, and found similar problems last time. I had lost the front waist band pattern piece, but simply substituted for a different front waistband in my pattern stash.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day like we are in Sydney today. Who'd have thought you could have a sunny, 26 degree day in winter??