Anyway, I've been searching for a vintage accordion pleat skirt at thrift stores for a couple months, because so rarely do I feel like paying full price for a new trend. ;) And I never found the perfect thing, but I did find this:
JC Penney brand, several sizes too big, kind of weird waistband. But, at half off so $2.49, it was good enough for me!
I cut off the waistband and debated about how to give it a new waist. Folded over simple self-fabric casing? Actual waistband, with placket or zipper? Or, exposed elastic waistband in coordinating color? Turned out, I was able to just tear all the stitching out (it started as I picked around the zipper, trying to salvage it, and it worked out great!), and re-use the waistband! Totally recycled! I just made the waistband much, much smaller and narrower. Sewed it all back together, cut off the top of the zipper, and voila! I have an accordion pleat skirt with a natural waistband!
I'm excited to belt it, I think, and wear it with something fun! How would you wear it?