The Summer of No Pants is coming up quickly! I already have a bunch of skirts and dresses that I have bought over the years, but I really wanted to make some, as well. I just haven't done it. So I've come up with an idea. I had so much fun doing some "selfish sewing" for Made by Rae's Spring Top Week Challenge, that I thought I would host a little challenge of my own. Now, I'm no Rae! I don't have nearly as many readers and there are no sponsors and, frankly, I'm totally making this up as I go along. But here's the deal--summer officially starts on June 21st. That's a little over a month from now. So the challenge is this: four weeks, four skirts. One skirt per week posted to my Flickr group. Here are the details:
The Summer of No Pants
Skirt Sewing Challenge!
Beginning on Monday, May 24th, make one skirt per week for yourself. Not for your kid--this is for YOU to wear over the summer. We will make a total of four skirts.
Each week starts on a Monday, and that week's skirt should be posted by the following Sunday. For example, Week 1 will start on Monday, May 24th, and your first skirt should be posted by Sunday, May 30th. I will post about my skirt, and pick some skirts from the Flickr pool to feature on my blog each Monday (or Tuesday-cut me some slack :). Here is the posting schedule:
Skirt 1 - post between Monday 5/24 - Sunday 5/30
Skirt 2 - post between Monday 5/31 - Sunday 6/06
Skirt 3 - post between Monday 6/07 - Sunday 6/13
Skirt 4 - post between Monday 6/14 - Sunday 6/20
Join and add your pics to the Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! Flickr Group. I have a sad little Flickr group that nobody ever posts to, so we can use that as a place to share our skirts. If at all possible, please post a picture of you wearing the skirt rather than having it lie flat. It's hard to get a good idea of a skirt if it isn't ON someone. Put a description under each photo letting us know about the fabric, the pattern, the inspiration, etc. If you blogged about your skirt somewhere, be sure mention it! That way, if I feature it I can link to your blog.
Super Duper Extra Bonus Stuff (for those who want a greater challenge!): Make one skirt entirely from stuff already in your fabric stash. Make one skirt a reconstructed project out of old clothes (either from your closet or from a thrift/consignment shop). Make one skirt that has a non-elastic waist (i.e. button or zip closure, or a wrap skirt). And make one skirt any way you want to!
This is a personal challenge. There won't be any winners (although you may get a blog feature!). Bonus: No losers!
That's it! I know this is kind of last minute, but I hope some of you take on the challenge. I figure that at the very least, I'll force myself to make a few skirts. Over the next week, I'll post inspiration and links to free or cheap skirt patterns and tutorials that I find online. If you have any great links to share, I encourage you to do so in the comments, and I'll try to share as many as I can over the next week.
Horray for no pants!