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My version is slightly fuller, no belt loops, nor back pockets. I made it with 1.5 yards of a bottom-weight cotton from Joann Fabrics. It is a dirndl skirt, with an elasticized waistband that is set about 1 inch below the top edge of the skirt (to give it that 'ruffly' paper bag effect). I did this by folding the top raw edge of the skirt down 2 inches, sewing along the raw edge, then sewing again 1 inch from there (halfway between the first stitching and the top edge of the skirt) and inserted 3/4" elastic. Definitely a quick, afternoon project.
I wear this skirt very often, it is absolutely work-appropriate, especially in the dark grey color. I'm in desperate need of some handmade winter clothes, and this skirt is getting me on the right track. It will certainly get a lot of use in the coming months. Banana Republic for less!