Dawn specialises in Steampunk. She goes through lots of gear I've not considered before. I've been reading Dawn's posts on military-inspired steampunk. Her 'clipped skirt' image is what I thought was doable and wearable.
This skirt is a basic a-line skirt with a high waistline. When I looked closely at this image, I thought I could so a similar job with a few variations for my height.
Minerva Crafts UK has this fabric in stock (Beige/Black check polyester/wool blend suiting) and it's got the right feel and weight to it for this skirt style.
It didn't take long to rough draft a high waistline to my basic a-line skirt pattern.
Below is the lining pattern and after I made up the lining in a woven fabric, I ended up taking out more width at the darts. I used the dart seams to sew the boning for a firmer waistline fit.
|Initial skirt lining pieces|