I finished the skirt. And I know my daughter will be asking for more it turned out great!
I trimmed about 3 inches off the length off the bottom of the skirt and sewed the waistband and belt loops. I also used 1 jeans button, 2 regular buttons and buttonhole elastic.
This was a fairly quick sew considering the pattern changes I made. If and when I sew it again it will be even quicker.