lately i've been admiring the soft, flowy buttoned-up summer skirts popping up all over the place. my favorites are in soft and light chambray fabrics, or a unique print. they look good both in the mini version, of if they hit right below the knee. the skirts are pretty easy to make, given that there's no zipper to add -- just some buttons to the front. and you can even add some in-seam pockets to the sides.
making the skirt would be super simple...and you could even make your own from a rectangle of fabric that you gather around the waist. but if you want a little more guidance via a pattern, burdastyle has 2 that i think are really cute -- one plain version and one with a scalloped hem. as far as modifications go, i'd probably add a few inches to these so that they hit just below the knee....and of course, add some in-seam pockets.