Thanks for your thoughts on this project Ivory. I've been thinking about it a lot and scouring the internet and came up with these tutorials which I think might help:
http://petitmainsauvage.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/and-now-for-something-completely.html <--- the design, the tutorial ---> http://petitmainsauvage.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/those-culottes-tutorial.html
I actually quite like the design for the second tutorial - although can picture it more with a lower waist and with a fabric of a darker colour and lighter weight. I think I'll try that as another project. It's great to have so many projects in mind to try out. The main thing that is going to hold me back is I'm completely new to waistbands and having to sew in zippers so it might take me a while to get any traction with these projects. I do have a heap of calico on hand though so keen to just jump in and get started trying things out.
Oh yeah, on the skorts topic - I googled them (hadn't heard of them before) and decided its not really what I'm looking for.