I have conquered my fear of zips, and (almost) successfully inserted a zip. I consulted the little guide on my sewing machine, I changed to the correct foot, and away I sewed!
I have looked upon many zip-insertion tutorials, but in the end I used this one from craftsy, as it was the first to appear on google this arvo:
And it worked just fine, for a test run skirt.
Yes, the zip doesn’t do up that smoothly, because I skipped over the ironing of the zippy teeth, but when I actually intend to make a wearable skirt then I will follow that step.
Here’s the skirt (unhemmed):
Come summer I could quite happily wear it on a sun-shiney day, once re-zipped and shortened. Not sure how short I’ll take it, probably just above the knee. But for today, I am happy to have learned to insert a zip, gathered a waist, and stitched in the ditch. Hurray!