A Confession

by Erin on November 23, 2007

camouflage skirt

Every once in a while I meet someone who only knows me from this blog and if I'm wearing a skirt, they seem disappointed that it's not a dress.

Me, I consider dresses and skirts more or less equivalent, sartorially; they both belong to the 'not-pants' group, which, nutritionally-speaking, I need at least one serving of a day. I named this blog "A Dress A Day" because "A Dress (or Skirt) A Day" was a bit unwieldy.

That said, I'm headed to the UK for a week and I'm only packing skirts! The trauma! But … I'm doing some work that involves visiting primary schools, so I don't want to wear super-high heels, which are the only ones I have that work with the Duros, and I'm in the middle of switching from summer to winter sewing, so the new version of this dress that I wanted to bring/wear isn't ready and and and …

But I have to admit, I really, really love this particular skirt for traveling. (For those of you who have been playing along at home, this is the same pattern as this tutorial.

The pockets here are perfect for holding my boarding pass, ID, and phone, and it's easy to dress the skirt up (okay, maybe not the blue-and-orange camo version) by adding very nice flats, tights (or even knee socks!) and a nice sweater. Here's a closeup of the pocket, trimmed in orange twill tape:

camouflage skirt

The next best thing about this skirt is playing with the facings and the pocket linings. Here's the waistband facing of this one:

camouflage skirt

Of course, I've also been driving myself nuts trying to figure out what my Next Big Dress is going to be, after my obsession with the Duro. I might post on that later this week.

And, furthermore, while my self-induced pie coma is wearing off, I just wanted to say that one of the things I have been thankful for these past few years is the generous and openhearted community of folks who read this blog. You know who you are. I think you all deserve another piece of pie, wherever you are.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

enc November 23, 2007 at 9:00 am

I couldn’t eat another bite.However, I’ll take another post, please!That blue cammo skirt is cool. I think it’s great to wear on a planeO! the irony!

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Jonquil November 23, 2007 at 9:08 am

Now that you’ve done Duro, why not go One Step Beyond! You know you’re craving it…

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susanne November 23, 2007 at 9:20 am

it’s cold in the uk at the mo … pack some jumpers and knitted cardies, and definitely a scarf and gloves! xxx

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tcarole November 23, 2007 at 11:07 am

Admittedly, the Gunne Sax dress is rad. But I’ve been watching this on ebay and I’m just in lustfor this dress pattern. Isn’t it just gorgeous? And complicated, but gorgeous.

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Jonquil November 23, 2007 at 11:29 am

I salute you. I would be so deep into the gin after trying to sew that together — I would crawl right in and never, ever come out.

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Theresa November 23, 2007 at 12:10 pm

I was hoping there would be a Thanksgiving stunt dress – but I did think the skirt was cute. But after 5 years in the Army and 8 years as a DA Civilian – I don’t want to see ANY Camo in my closet! I remember putting on my BDUs every morning (Battle Dress Uniform) and longing for pink polka dots!

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Theresa November 23, 2007 at 12:15 pm

tcarole – don’t get that pattern on EBAY! you can get it for $3.99 at Joanns and Hancock this week! I haveit…haven’t made it yet! Also Voque was giving a free pattern of your choice when you visit their website.

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kathi s November 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Thank you! In the time honored tradition of Thanksgiving cooks, I just had a piece of apple pie for my morning after Thankgiving breakfast. I am thankful for you providing this site which has given us all so much information and entertainment!

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Bee November 23, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I prefer skirts or dresses every day, but I get so cold on the plane when traveling, that I almost always wear long comfy pants instead. But I’ll have to rethink that next time, because that skirt is very cute and practical (although I’m not one for camo).

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Negative Nancy checking in to say, this blog is one of the things I’m grateful for this year. I am grateful for this chance to spend time with a feminist fashionista who rejects the “sacred duty to appear slim,” who tells me that “pretty is not the rent you pay for occupying a space marked female,” who encourages me to wear clothes that “make me look fat” if the clothes are fun to wear, feel good on my skin, rustle pleasantly. This blog is the only forum on women’s clothing that actually privileges the woman’s experience of her own clothing over the viewer’s experience. I truly am grateful for this blog.

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Negative Nancy checking in to say, this blog is one of the things I’m grateful for this year. I am grateful for this chance to spend time with a feminist fashionista who rejects the “sacred duty to appear slim,” who tells me that “pretty is not the rent you pay for occupying a space marked female,” who encourages me to wear clothes that “make me look fat” if the clothes are fun to wear, feel good on my skin, rustle pleasantly. This blog is the only forum on women’s clothing that actually privileges the woman’s experience of her own clothing over the viewer’s experience. I truly am grateful for this blog.

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Becky O. November 23, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Right- skirts + dresses are both the same, i.e. not pants. Both are so much more forgiving when inclined to over indulge : )Happy leftovers!

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Susan W. November 23, 2007 at 6:20 pm

I love this outfit! Orange and blue, yay! I love your eye for colour combos in general.

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Miss Kitty November 23, 2007 at 6:31 pm

AWESOME SKIRT! Wow, I have got to make that! The camo with the bright trim is perfect. Thanks for showing us the link. And have a safe trip!

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sleepy seamstress November 23, 2007 at 8:37 pm

duuuuude, that skirt is fantastic! I, too, love orange and blue together. Orange and anything, actually. Orange is practically a neutral, no? Would never have occurred to me to make a camo skirt. though… now picturing a favorite Vogue maternity wrap dress in hot pink camo… ;) With black silk grosgrain ribbon around my “waist!” LOL!

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lilymarlene November 24, 2007 at 12:29 am

Where are you going in the UK…..? Anywhere near the Isle of Wight?

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Carol Nadine November 24, 2007 at 5:03 am

E if you’re still in the UK Friday evening 30th.The V and A have lots of frock related frippery going on as part of their late night events. We’ve got our tickets – come and join us!!

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Heather November 25, 2007 at 7:02 am

Oh my! I love this shirt and skirt combo! I am a big fan of orange. So, the blue camo with the orange trim skirt paired with the orange shirt? Well, let’s just say… outfit nirvana IMHO.

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Anonymous November 25, 2007 at 10:47 am

I actually made my own pattern for a similar skirt – easy enough with all the great info from your tutorial! I agree it’s very practical. So far I only have one, but I’m tired of wearing the same skirt to work every day, so I’m working on three others./Monika

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Anonymous November 25, 2007 at 8:45 pm

oh I love this skirt. I love it more than anything. I must have it. I’m going to go look for blue camo fabric right now.

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 at 12:57 am

I’m sure I’m just lousy at navigating blogs, but have you ever posted a link to a Duro-pattern? I’d love to sew one, but I’d like a good pattern to start with. Any recommendations?

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Anonymous November 26, 2007 at 1:17 am
Anonymous November 26, 2007 at 9:14 am

It’s the ideal skirt for playing security theater as you travel! I must have one! I’m off to check my fabric stash – I already have the perfect pattern! –Anonymous because Blogger often eats my posts otherwise.

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