This is the very first prototype I made for the Hopscotch Skirt pattern.
As you can see, my design initially included a tie at the waist. When I finished making the sample I decided this was just one too many details on the skirt, which already includes fun pockets and the button placket. Because I wanted to focus on the button placket, I eliminated the tie from the final pattern. But it’s a cute design detail, and I wanted to show it to you in case you want to add a tie to your own skirt.
The ties get sewn into the side seams when the front and back panels are sewn together. I gave each tie a little pleat so it could fit the waistband but would still be wide enough to make a nice puffy bow in the front.
For reference, each tie on this size 3 sample is 25″ long and 1 1/2″ wide. You could also use a ribbon instead of self fabric. Maybe you’ll want to eliminate the pockets and include the tie instead? Play with this idea and see what you can do with it.