Here are other pictures of inspiration:
So here are the three I made -
This is the prototype I created w/ about 1 yard of scrap fabric. I made it too short for me and so I added the bottom hem, and then the coordinating belt. I also sewed in button holes at the waistband so I could swap out the drawstring looking tie. Here are some pictures:
Here is with the buttonhole drawstring insert tie:
The second skirt I modified from the first one. I didn't need the button hole part, but I wanted pockets. So here is skirt number two:
I also made the infinity scarf from three of Scott's old shirts.
I really like this skirt, it's probably my favorite of the three. I made it from a light-weight wool on sale for $5 a yard, a seasonless fabric, which doesn't mean much here in Tucson. The skirt can be dressed up easily w/ a sparkly shirt and heels.
My last skirt is a true paper bag waist band. The first two I inserted 2" wide elastic, but I didn't have any more elastic so I tried belt loops instead.
Anyway, there were very easy to make, didn't require a pattern, and about 1.5 yards. So that should be enough of a sewing fix for awhile.