I read your blog story and I agree that patterns are often lacking in telling the beginner seamstress how to do some things well -- like, as you mentioned, a zipper. I've noticed that with collars, too. I had a great home ec teacher in high school, and then in college to help me learn the little details that help make a zipper, collar, pockets, etc look good.
I'll go and look at the story next, but the result shown here is lovely.
I like the idea of this kind of faux wrap skirt. Looks nice and comfy too.
Love the asymmetrical visual of the skirt front. ;-)