last week this started out as an elastic waist gathered skirt. it looked HORRIBLE. there was way too much bulk on the waistband and it was not flattering, AT ALL.
Thankfully I'd made the elastic casing a separate piece, so it was easy to take off today. Then I ripped out one side seam and part of the hem and added the pleats and a zipper, and sewed everything back up with a simple folded waistband.
I used this this slash opening zipper tutorial along the center of the skirt back since there are side pockets, the steps were super easy and I really like the way it looks.