So for a moment there it actually looked like Spring... Never mind, armed with my sewing machine and some Hawaiian-style surfer print cotton, it still can be. At least until it really is. So grab yourself a couple of metres of fabric that makes you happy*, stick on the following playlist, and let me quickly show you how to make this supercute pleated miniskirt.
You will need:
1m ribbon for the waist fastening (cut in half)
invisible zipper (approx 6 inches long)
sewing machine with matching thread
Start with the waistband. Cut a rectangle of fabric that measures about 6 inches deep (double the depth it will be once folded plus seam allowance) by your own waist measurement in inches, plus 1 inch on each side seam allowance (generous allowance I know, but better to add extra so you can let some out if you need to!). This waistband will be meeting at centre back (like this one), not overlapping, so no fannying around with hooks and eyes or buttonholes, we'll just be sewing some ribbon into the seam to make for a pretty bow tied in back.
Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Then open it up and, right side facing you, place your lengths of ribbon at each end, aligned with the fold.
Pin the skirt to the inside of the waistband where the notches correspond.
When you're happy with the arrangement, fold the top of the waistband over and pin close to the fold. When you turn your skirt to the wrong side, make sure that the pins are also holding the inside folded edge of the waistband also.
Now you can edge stitch the waistband to the skirt! Stitch with the right side facing you keeping your stitches as neat as possible and close to the fold.
Seeing as you pressed the waistband so the inside fold would come down a little lower, all three layers should have been caught as you edge stitched the outside.