The skirt parade continues even though it is not strictly every day. The winter continues up here; a layer of snow, very icy streets and temperatures hovering around -5 degrees. And I have already used my thicker skirts, so I have to choose wisely.
The shame in the headline refers to a few of my skirts that are a little too snug to wear at the moment. Whether I should feel shame because I have gained weight or if it is a shame I cannot use them right now is a matter of opinion. I very often get a bit curvy around my thighs in winter; I work out differently and eat more cheese. This has happened before, and it only affects a few skirts of a certain cut. So three skirts are hors jeu for now.
The sorrow comes from noticing that two of my skirts have tears. One of them is a green skirt in Indian raw silk and I hope to be able to patch it up. The other is also green, with Nefertiti’s head printed on it. The fabric came from my grandmother about ten years ago. She had bought in Egypt in the 80s and kept it folded up in a plastic bag. It is not high quality and I’m surprised it had lasted this long. the dress I made in the same fabric fell to pieces a few years ago, though admittedly I used that dress more. I am thinking about trying to salvage a bit of this and mix it up with other fabric, and make a dress, as I think the fabric is just the coolest. But basically two skirts have retired (but we are hoping for comebacks and possible reincarnation).
Add to that sevens skirts I have worn lately, of which six I managed to photograph.
- Mustard yellow skirt with gold embroidery. I love this skirt. After much use the last five years or so the embroidery is starting to look a bit worse for wear but it holds up well enough. It was good quality fabric that I was given (my father had been given it by a coworker from Pakistan). It is like walking around wearing sunshine.
- Bali dancer-print. Great skirt, bad pic. This is something that I have been given by my mother. I had to shorten it a bit to make it work, but it is a winner. At this point this skirt is older than me, and oh my has it been worn. Still in great nick though.
- Leopard print skirt. This one is semi-retired already. I made this out of a dress I had (the armpits were a mess after many years). The dress was vintage to begin with and then I wore it like mad for a few years. Not much wear in it any more, but I have had some great time in that skirt/dress. I will always remember it fondly.
- Chinese teapot print in red, on black. Another one that I got from my mum and I love this one so much. The fabric was bought in London when on a visit in the 70s and then mum made a cool skirt that I snatched out of her closet in my teens. I’ve had to repair it a few times but it is hanging in there. This belongs in my skirt hall of fame for sure.
- My “Northanger abbey skirt”. From my Austen&Attire project this remains one of my fave garments (but not a book I rate all that highly).
- African Dutch wax print. Made by me, fabric bought at a flea market. Good quality fabric and I made the effort to line it an everything. Gets used more in spring and summer. I used to have a matching top but that wore our way before the skirt did.
- Brown skirts with an impressionistic floral pattern. This was made by me in fabric I bought and it got a spin the other day. Which is not unusual, it is skirt that fits many moods and occasion. I completely forgot to photograph it however.
So there we have it. Three too tight to be worn, two are actually torn. Seven were wont without here being spring , what will next week bring? And I still have a lot of skirts, probably more than first count because there is that box of “summer clothes” that I haven’t looked in for a few months.