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« on: May 21, 2005 03:19:51 PM »

So, being a dorky ol’ goth (ha!) and dreading summer, I realized I had no cool, comfortable skirts to beat the heat with.  There is nothing I hate more in summer than to wear synthetic fibers – it is like living in a sauna!  The solution?  Make lots of black skirts out of a nice natural fiber!  “Black, for summer?” I hear you ask…well – remember – the dorky ol’ goth part!  Anyhow, I ran off to the fabric store and purchased metres and metres (well, yards and yards – the sales lady gave me a blank stare when I asked for metres) of a nice loose weave black linen fabric.
I had to think of what type of skirt I wanted to make.  Whilst I dress entirely in black for most of the part (black clothes - coloured accessories), my clothing style tends to be very classic, uncluttered, clean cut lines – quite conservative, actually!  I solely blame that on the 5.5 years of working in a legal office and having to dress the part.  Blah. I also wanted a skirt that I could layer stuff over the top if I wanted to – and something that I could wear for casual use or, to wear if I went to a club. So, I guess it was of no surprise that I decided to make a classic A-line skirt. 

I drafted my own pattern for the skirt based on another A-line skirt – but, I made the skirt much longer – to just touch the ground. I adore long skirts.  I also decided that I wanted to add a thick waistband to the skirt, also – I love how waistbands like that flatter the figure.  I sewed a zipper and hook closure in the left seam and top-stitched all the seams to give it a more professional look.  I'm already thinking of making some apron type shorter skirts that can be worn layered over the top of this one...and I think I'll be tackling a ruffled skirt of some sort also in the near future.

I was quite satisfied with how the skirt came out – although, it did turn out to be a touch loose – but, because it is a little bit loose it is really quite comfortable.  The only thing I don’t like about it?  It cat hair sticks to it like there is no tomorrow! D=  But, I guess that’s the price you pay for staying cool in summer! 

Anyhow – way to much text and no pictures! Please pardon the wrinkles - I've been wearing the skirt all day :]

An alternative view of the skirt – you can see how full it is.

The waistband:

Oh – not clothing related but...  I’ve always wondered how squirrels slept in the trees.  I’ve always seen them running around, sitting down and stuffing their faces full of nuts – but never sleeping.  Then this afternoon when I walked onto my balcony – my question was finally answered!  This little guy was taking a midday snooze on the branch – I woke him up when I took the photo….then he started barking at me demanding nuts.  What a cutie.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2005 03:43:42 PM »

Gorgeous! I love the head to toe black. Most of the time I wear mostly black and some large for of industrial combat/platform boots and I always hear "Aren't you HOT in that?"
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2005 04:23:47 PM »

I love wearing black (though I'm not "a dorky ol’ goth" hee hee)

But I always feel weird in the summer in black but it looks so good.
You're skirt is GREAT! I like that outfit I want one.

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2005 06:34:09 AM »

sugarhandgrenade - Thank you!  I always get that comment too - although, I don't wear boots in summer - my skin gets all nasty if I do =[

elmonerd - Yay for wearing black!  I get a lot of weird looks from people for wearing all black  - even though my style is quite conservative.  But, I'm comfortable, and cool - so it doesn't bother me!  I've had a LOT of people ask about that particular kanzashi!  I won't be making an identical one - but I'll most likely make a similar one sometime soon! :]

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2005 06:37:54 AM »

Love the skirt.  Couldn't you make, like a knee lengthy skirt too? 

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2005 06:39:53 AM »

Oooh I love it! I like your whole outfit, very cute and beautifully conservative Grin I lvoe floor length skirts! I just scored an awesome one at a thrift store that's near floor length and it's black with pleats <3
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2005 10:29:03 AM »

Wow that looks great, and a great fit. Did you cut it on the bias to make it hang nicely like that?

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2005 10:55:29 AM »

The skirt is lovely! BUT...That squirrell is too cute!! I never knew how they slept either. Thanks for clearing that up. Wink

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2005 11:15:33 AM »

Girl, you are anything but dorky.  You look great!

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