This is a lovely skirt! The fabric is not woven, but the "woven" details are there, right down to the way the yellow and red stripes appear. It is such a high quality fabric (think very high end dress shirt cotton) that has excellent flow, and it's not so Christmas-esque that it can't be worn the rest of the year, I think.
That being said, I think the extra full crinoline is required to make it look right. Otherwise, it reminds me of a maxi version of a plaid, school uniform skirt. The pleat-like gathers around the waist make it very full, and without the fullness of the skirt showcased by a proper crinoline, it just hangs more or less straight.
And, keep in mind, this skirt is true to the "generous sizing." I had to move the button on mine over three inches; I ordered a large because my waist is 31 (the lowest on the large range), and I probably should have gone with a medium.
Andrea L | Poulsbo, WA