My skirt is was made by hand-stitching only (backstitch), but it might be faster to do the pleats and hem by machine. Also this is my first real instructable, so bear with me.
1 pair Jeans
Needle and thread---I used Singer yellow jean thread for visible stitches and black nylon for the rest.
about 1 yard tulle (tu-tu fabric)
About yard decorative fabric for hem