Ages ago I was watching an old movie with my FIL about a guy who had to choose between coming a preacher like his father or being a blues musician. The preacher side came complete with a very nice woman who wanted to marry him. The music side came with Eartha Kitt singing in smoky bars filmed in shadowy black and white. Eartha Kitt smolders through the movie. Anyway, in the movie, one of the women was wearing a skirt with these cool pleats at the back instead of a slit. I filed it away in my memory.
Last week I started making a simple pencil skirt out of some IKEA fabric. The plan was to use this cool cotton with birds on it as a removable overskirt. Anyway, I cut it too small and it didn't go around (forgot about that whole thing about store vs pattern sizes, don't talk to other people while cutting out patterns, kids). Anyway, I decided to salvage it by adding a panel in the back and doing the pleats. And dropping the overskirt.
I'm pretty happy with it. The fabric is a bit stiff so the darts lay funny, but it's a bit difficult to notice because of the stripes. Also, I'd probably make the pleats go further up so they start a bit closer to my butt (for emphasis)(when you don't have a butt, emphasis is important).