Many thanks to Eugenie who walked me through sewing the elastic piece onto this skirt. Two phone calls and many frustrating hours later, the skirt was finished. It is definitely decent enough to wear, especially since I am the only one who can see the seams. I never figured out the art of shirring, and I am wondering if my machine can even do it. I am taking my machine to be serviced later this month and will have to ask. In the meantime, I think I will stick to drawstring waists.