Thursday, April 23, 2009



I don't wear this skirt very often because it tends to drive me a little nuts. Though I adore all the pleating and volume, I hate the fact that it bunches up on itself and gets stuck around my legs when I walk. I'm constantly fighting with it during the day; just walking down the hallway is a chore, and trying to pee is an absolute nightmare. To show you just how voluminous this skirt is, and how much fabric I have to cope with when I wear it, I did a Kasmira-style twirl for you. That's the remote for my camera there in my hand, in case you're wondering.

After examining the construction of the skirt more closely, I realized that the problems stem from the underneath layer of fabric, which is not a simple lining but another full circle skirt. The 2 layers of fabric rub against each other and bunch up because both are the same clingy cotton. So after years of owning this nerve-wracking (albeit lovely) garment, I finally figured out that if I just cut out the underneath layer and wear a slip instead, it'll be a lot more bearable. Too bad I didn't figure that out before I wore it today.

Drape-neck tank: thrifted
t-shirt: Supermaggie
Skirt: Sisley
Scarf (as belt): Express, circa 1992
Tights, socks: Sock Dreams
Boots: Fly London


Brittney said...

(Hi, I'm new! :) )

Man, I love making discoveries/ 'fixing' items in my wardrobe! Im' glad you did too. I must also say that I adore the purple skirt/teal socks combo. Looks lovely!

fröken lila said...

ohhhh, the contest! you really picked a hard one. i'll have to go on bending my mind and my wardrobe a little, but that's just healthy i suppose.

Tina said...

You look very pretty today. I love the color combo, esp the scarf!

As I was reading your post, I was thinking, "well she needs a slip." And it wasn't until you got to the part about the skirt having 2 layers of the same cotton that I had a head-smack moment. I have a skirt that does the same thing, and no slip ever fixed it. So THANK YOU for pointing out the simple solution of getting rid of the under layer. I think I'll be doing a little sewing this weekend.

Herbee said...

I just cut a cotton lining out of a cotton skirt, too! LOL! Your purple twirly skirt is gorgeous and I love the teal with it!

Sal said...

I know just what you mean - voile can be so STICKY when it's layered. Glad you took the plunge and axed the underskirt. It's such a fun color I'd hate to see it go unworn.

Stephanie N. said...

Oh, how I LOVE these colors together!

Sheila said...

Why do they line skirts with clingy materials?? That just drives me crazy. I wore a huge circle skirt yesterday and it actually had a slippy polyester lining, but that bunched up around my waist when I walked.

You look great in this! Love your boots.

Sher said...

At least you fixed that skirt. It would be a shame to get rid of it. It's such a pretty color :)

Eyeliah @ said...

I know!!! Your hats are amazing and I am dying to win , if you've read my blog my camera broke. I still have time so I'm sure I'll get it in, and the outfit is planned and laid out ready to snap - lol! :-)

Nadine said...

Voluminous skirts are surprisingly hard work - I have one that's also a bit too long for my (mid-calf), and it's a flaming nuisance getting into the car in it.

Jane said...

I love the colours and the scarf belt. I have clothes that I love but hate to wear too.

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