I picked up this great book from Barnes and Noble this past summer entitled Free-Style Handmade Bags and Skirts. I was trying to find simple patterns that I could use repeatedly and that didn't cost me $6 a piece. I also wanted to have the ability to play around with the patterns a bit and "do my own thing". When I found this book, I saw that it contained dozens of simple but adorable skirt patterns as well as patterns for purses and bags. They were easy to follow and basic enough that I could make multiple skirts from each pattern without it looking like I had gone out and bought one skirt in every color the store supplied (I hate that). The skirts are not so simple that they are boring, however. There are so many different styles. Some more complex than others, but all are very doable if you are familiar with sewing basics.
For my first try, I started with the A-line with pleats. So, so, SOOOOO simple! It called for an invisible zipper, which I love, and it could be altered to my hearts content. I added a lining because the material was rather thin. I'm not exactly sure why I did this, but I also only put pleats in the front instead of in the front and back.
I love the final result and can't wait for my next skirt. (I already have the fabric!) This was definitely money well spent. I am constatly trying to find cute skirts that are simple, and now I can just make them.