All around the waistband are pleats that seem to give a little fullness to the skirt as it is shown with no crinoline. At the back is a metal zipper with 3 eye hooks.
Inside is about 4 inches of the black material for the hem. There is a label vera originals guatemala ce. Measurements - waist could not do up on form with 25.5 inch waist. Could move the eyes to get to 25.5.
You could definitely get to 26 and maybe a bit more if you put extra waistband material on out side and put a eye hook there.