The “Men Seldom Make Passes” Skirt
Fabric: Thrifted, woven – $2 for 2 yards. The selvedge was stamped “Loomskill Inc.” (I learned from a fascinating 1971 court case that the company produced “fabrics for the ‘better’ garment market”)
Pattern: McCall’s MP394
Notions: Zipper, 10 cents; bias tape, 10 cents
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Maybe later this week
Wear again: I think so – after a little more work
Total price: $4
Confession: Despite having been prescribed glasses many years ago, I have never worn them consistently. I promise it’s not a vanity thing; I think I look fine in them. It just never became a habit.
At the end of my most recent eye appointment, the doctor handed me a new prescription, and I said, “Still just for reading, right?”
And she said, “No. For all the time. Although, I think you’ll find they help you read better too.”
So, in the spirit of clearer vision, I decided to make my long-neglected glasses the basis of an outfit reflecting my more bookish past at a Catholic high school for girls. The basic uniform was an Oxford blouse tucked in to a gray gabardine skirt with box pleats.
It was kind of a thing there – and I imagine it’s probably the same at any girls’ high school with a uniform – to roll up our skirts at the waist when we could get away with it. The look was not flattering. But we were committed to it.
I’m glad I went ahead and bound the seams. Once I decided I was just going to do it, it wasn’t much trouble, and I know I’ll be likelier to pull the skirt out of my closet if it doesn’t make me feel like I’m running around in a home ec. project. After some more work, I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this: I hemmed it up a little shorter than I’d like. And the zipper wasn’t installed as neatly as it could have been – maybe if I’d been wearing my glasses. Ha.