I think this owning boots thing is going to work out for me, which opens up a whole new world of wearing skirts. Oh the possibilities! Except, I cannot seem to find many that fit my needs. I need a-line, knee length, something colorful that will go with the many (many) black tops I already own. Looking around large stores, small boutiques, online shops and Etsy hasn’t turned up much. Lots of great stuff, yes, but often it’s too dark or too deconstructed or too ruffle-y (I like ruffles but I just can’t pull them off). (Although this one from the Frock Shop is lovely. And oh I must go see this skirt in person.)
So, please, lead me to good skirts!
The skirt above is made by Erin MacLeod and was found at Crackerjack here in Seattle. I instantly knew it was perfect and nearly asked to wear it out of the store. I also saw Erin selling her skirts at Urban Craft Uprising last December. She makes brilliantly devised wrap around skirts that use hand set snaps all around the waistband. I’m keeping an eye on her (currently empty) Etsy shop.
I should mention that, clearly, I know I could have been wearing skirts all along so by way of explanation I will tell you that years of wearing a Catholic school uniform had me avoiding certain types of clothing. These include skirts, pleats of all kinds, Oxford shirts, Peter Pan collars, most shades of the color blue, sweater vests, saddle shoes and plaids of any sort. I feel like I’m finally ready to embrace these things again. Except for saddle shoes. And sweater vests. And navy blue. Or royal blue. Maybe I’m not ready after all.
Anyhow! Back to skirts. If you have suggestions on where I should be looking for them, I’d love to know. Thanks in advance.
update: I’m just going to kindly preempt any more suggestions that I learn to sew. I appreciate the encouragement, and please know that I do sew. Which means I also know how much work and time go into it (especially when one’s technique focused perfectionist tendencies kick in, have you seen my epic sweater knitting projects?) and I would rather buy my clothes, at least for right now.
update #2: I take it back. Let it be known that in the week before I jetted away to Paris I did indeed sew myself three skirts. Four if you count the dorky interchangeable slip I made for them too. It was neither easy nor quick (seven pattern alterations, three botched attempts, five visits to fabric stores) but hey, I have three skirts I really love and one bulletproof a-line skirt pattern..