As I was mutilating it, I noticed it was rather cheaply made. The side seams of the skirt are done with a chainstitch. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought chainstitch was only a temporary stitch--basting, in fact. Grab the thread of it and you can pull the whole thing out.Cut down, faced waistband, shortened zipper, and cut some of the flare out. It ended up a nice casual skirt.
A strangely overbright photo of me wearing it in the garden as I survey the weeds.