Just the facts:
Materials: 4 yardsish (I bought two big pieces) of remnant batik plaid from my favorite cheap fabric store. A zipper, some thread, a button and a few inches of bias tape.
Pattern: Tried and true, Vogue skirt pattern from the early 80s. A -line (obviously). Front. Back. Waistband. Zipper. Easy? Insanely. Made a micro-hem with my baby-hemmer.
Concept: Oh look, cheap cotton on the remnant table, and it's dark enough to be opaque. I could use another skirt for summer - and the last thing I want is a lined skirt or to have to wear a slip. Hooray!
Things that make me happy: It's cool, opaque, and comfortable. I *am* wearing a skirt, right? Can hardly tell. I don't do hot, so this is a *huge* plus. I like the color.
Things that make me unhappy: Someone beat me the next time I cheap out on fabric, please? PLEASE? This stuff stretched in the extraordinarily short time between cutting the skirt and assembling it onto the waistband. The waist *should* be a couple of inches longer than the skirt, overlapping nicely for a proper button. (I used some bias tape to make a loop). So it's kinda too big. Not that this is a huge problem in light summer skirts, but I am working on losing weight (8lb down) and "too big" means that this skirt has a very short shelf life.
I also didn't match the plaid properly, thinking in terms of matching patterns front and back rather than on the sides... -sigh- I was disappointed that I couldn't cut this on the bias (I wanted the diagonal plaid thing going on) because the width of the skirt meant that my fabric panels were too small. I think I'd have needed 60" wide fabric at the least.
It IS very comfortable.
ETA: Two hours of wear and it's now two inches too big in the waist. Time to rip out a sideseam and see what can be done.