I do believe that I left off having finished this panel and debating about background fill.
The comments left about stippling detracting from the design reminded me of this practice piece I had done. It did, indeed, detract from the central design.
I problem that I resolved by keeping the background fill linear.
So I decided to try that on the skirt panels. I did switch to a grey thread and a walking foot.
To bypass the marking issues, I tried using freezer paper templates.
Didn't really work.
I would be outlining nicely, then the paper would become un-fuzed and I was either running the foot under the paper, or it would randomly run over one of the pointy tips.
The result was 2 side panels that look more like cousins than twins.
After a hot wash and dry, they have some nice texture to them.
Since I don't hate them at this point, I shall continue on. I've managed to make the whole project more difficult by adding a pocket detail that wasn't in the original skirt, a separating zipper, and a new waist detail. I am absolutely certain that my plans exceed my abilities. Stay tuned.