Jeans. I wear jeans every. single. day. A little while ago, I went to a play place with my boys and I looked around at all of the moms there with me. Jeans. All of them. Jeans and no make-up and ratty t-shirts and limp hair. Frump city. I fit right in. Little Miss Frumpy and the Dumpy Frumps! It made me so sad. I thought of my mother and how she would disapprove.
I left that play place with a resolution. This summer shall be The Summer of No Pants! No pants, no jeans, all summer. Since my boys flank the seasons rather nicely, I've decided that from Milo's birthday (June 17) to Huck's (September 22) it will be skirts and dresses only, all summer! Unless it would be dangerous or impractical (say, if I plan on doing handstands on a motorcycle). Or laundry day. I may wear pants on laundry day so that I can wash all of my skirts and dresses. Otherwise, NO PANTS! And thus, it hath been writ.
So, in preparation for The Summer of No Pants, I've decided to do a Friday Find! Gasp! Shock! I know, right? I stopped doing a weekly Friday Find because it took a lot of Internet research time that I don't have right now. Plus, I ended up spending a lot of money because of all of the time I was on Etsy. But I'll occasionally bring the feature back when something strikes my fancy bone. I have been digging around for tutorials and inspiration on skirts and dresses. I'll definitely be buying some new digs, but I would like to make some, as well. I've got three months to crank out some cute stuff!
So here they are, my Friday Finds for The Summer of No Pants Inspiration:
High-Waisted Pencil Skirt from Pants
This is a great, simple tutorial. I have a bunch of old slacks from my office days that are too nice to get rid of, but are not appropriate every day Mommy wear. I think I'm going to hack up a couple of them and make some cute pencil skirts. I'm digging the high waisted thing that's happening right now, too.
The Sew Weekly Blog
What can I say? This blog is pure awesome. The blog author is cranking out one dress per week, and by the end of the year she hopes to fill her closet with only handmade clothes. Most of the dresses are made from vintage patterns and vintage materials. And they are gorgeous!
Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
I bought this book a few years ago when I was very new to sewing. I enjoyed it then, but after awhile it got buried on my bookshelf and forgotten. I recently dug it out, and I am once again excited to try out several of the projects. It is not a book of patterns, but rather a guide on how to measure, cut, ruffle, pleat and customize several different kinds of skirts.
The Marie Skirt on Burda Style
Burda Style is such a great source for free and almost-free patterns. This one looks easy and versatile. I just hope I don't end up all crooked like this poor girl!
Pretty Much Anything From Anthropologie
Alright, alright. So this one's a bit of a cop out. But, seriously, I love too many of the dresses and skirts to single out one as a "find." Although, I do really like this ruched skirt, and I think I could make knock-off pretty easily. . . someday I will have bags of money and I'll spend it all in this store! *sigh*