Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Anti-Skort.

In my last extensive outfit post I mentioned something concerning the warping of a United Bamboo button-up skirt.
This is the post concerning that! At first-- as with all my posts-- I had trouble finding that photo of my tangled-up (aka, marrying buttons with holes that weren't their mates) skirt which I had taken before since I knew it would be hard to recreate again. But since I couldn't find it during the end of the semester, I tried to redo it using a diagram I drew when I unbuttoned it.

Problem with that was that I didn't number the order in which the buttons were done up in (which I found out was important).

I spent like a few hours just sitting in my dorm looking at my skirt so confused like, "how did I do that before?! There's only 7 buttons!" But when you take into account the order, there's really something like 5040 ways to do it [ least I think that's how combination math goes] And that's not taking into account doubling up two buttonholes with one button, buttons that weren't buttoned etc, buttoning backwards or forwards, and the folding complications.

Anyway, basically it was really really complicated and late last night I was trying to recreate the magic again, even though I knew it would be futile as before. Finally, it occurs to me 2 hours later [well I was also talking to friends at the same time] to check in the trash bin on my desktop, and lo and behold I find my warped united bamboo photo! Such joy! And even with the photo and seeing how I did it, I couldn't even redo it and so I gave up and was like, "well, ____ [insert any verb] this".

The salvaged photo

I would even show you the little diagram I made but I threw it out at the end of the semester since it was kind of useless! Also, after the countless twisting and pullings of the buttons due to my constant efforts to recreate what was lost, the skirt was no longer the same and a lot of the buttons are loose now, even despite my best efforts to tighten them. sad :( It's my only united bamboo piece!

So I got to give some love to dreamecho for having tackled the button-up skirt a while back. I always wanted to try to mix up a button-up skirt (I mean it's just dying to be switched up!), but I was like, "eh it'd probably turn out silly and amateur... in a bad way" but when I purchased the skirt [one size too large, which is actually good for mixing it up] a while back at a Creatures of Comfort sale ($40) I said to myself, "If dreamecho did it, I can brave myself to do it!"...and the rest is history.

Believe it or not, that was just a side story! The real deal is, as the title explains, the anti-skort. I don't even know if that's the appropriate name for "a skirt that gives off the impression of shorts". But if I try to combine the word skirt+short in the other way, I get "shirt" which is pretty lame.

My "anti-skort" is real simple: just a little kind of solid one-pleat crease in the front that makes a skirt give off the impression of shorts. This came about since I was really sad that I was mutilating my precious united bamboo piece and I didn't want to stress out the buttons anymore and I was frustrated with trying to recreate the wrapping/warping I did, so I tried for something less complicated but still "warped" (aka, wearing it in a way the garment was not intentionally made to be worn in), creating: the anti-skort.

How to do the anti-skort? Simple! Take your button-up skirt, and instead of buttoning the holes over the top of the button, fold over -inward- the row of buttons, and button it up through the holes and in the end the front of the buttons should be facing the inside of the skirt. IRON the crease! [I didn't, but in retrospect it would have been better] (FYI DIY: I suppose you could do it with a normal stiff skirt--mine is like slightly stiff denim cotton material-- and just iron the single pleat really well or you could even permanently stitch it into place).

The whole philosophy behind this anti-skort is kind of strange, since the purpose of a "skort" is primarily to make girls feel more comfortable with wearing skirts and not accidently showing anything.
The not the same; it's obviously not a short, it doesn't look like a short from the back (unless you did the same one-pleat in the back) and from the front they would only truly be convincing if you were wearing a long top to cover up the crotch area as you see on the right. And since it involves a button-up skirt they are normally mentally less comfortable because um, between the rows of buttons, there are spaces, and if you sit down in a certain way, people can see your skin and maybe unmentionables through the side.

To protect against any "unwanted peek-a-boo" with the button-up anti-skort-- and so it better maintains its shape-- you can secure each gap between the buttons on the skirts interior with a medium-large paperclip (clip the two fabric sides'll understand if you try it) and that you could not do with a wearing a button-up skirt like normal (there would be no fabric to clip together). Just make sure that you don't try to stretch TOO much that paperclips will start flying everywhere and your coworkers will think you've been trying to steal office supplies in your skirt.

In conclusion, there really is no purpose to the anti-skort. It's just a tongue-in-cheek, whimsical play on a skirt.

Having said that, play on! :)

I call this the, "I feel like I need to have something white on my neck and all I have is this belt" outfit.
[loose large garcon tee $10 -sample sale. white belt, came with a jumpsuit. don't ask]

[white tank, vintage red oleg cassinis, U/O stretchy gold scale belt, white converse, mom's beachcomber necklace on my head]

Close-ups of the waist [FYI, a tight stretchy belt will help better keep the shape of your anti-skort. and will also give a mini paper-bag waist effect]

Under-dressed. Get it? Ha ha! ha. sorry.
[one size too big H&M trapeze dress, on sale $20]

I really like this sort of accordion shape that I stressed with the dress.
[the buttons weren't very happy with me at this point and I was tired of fussing with them]

This photo is dedicated to dreamecho for her unknowing help in helping me find the bravery to tackle my own button-up skirt. [& the pose is very dreamecho in itself, ain't it?]

Are you going to try out the anti-skort? Send me a photo and I'll put it up!

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2 Actions of the Week! Pick one or do them both! [it doesn't hurt to do both ;)]

A Simple Request to the G8 //all you have to do is sign a form!//
"2008 is a landmark year in the fight against poverty and disease. The world is halfway to 2015 when the Millennium Goals must be achieved, but Africa is perilously off track. 2008 is also the halfway point between 2005 and 2010 when many G8 promises to Africa must be met such as the commitment to provide an additional $25 billion in effective aid for Africa. The G8 are dangerously behind on these landmark commitments.

In 2008, G8 leaders have the opportunity -- and responsibility -- to put weight behind their words.
The Petition:
We call upon you to build on recent success in fighting extreme poverty by delivering your commitments on healthcare, agriculture and education and by helping citizens in developing countries in their efforts to improve governance and fight corruption." []
Cruel and Unusual: Factory Farm Cows kicked while industry lags// all you have to do is sign a form! //
The factory farming campaign works to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk.
"Government regulators need to do something about the systemic problem of downer cows.

The Humane Society of the United States very recently released its latest undercover video showing abuses of dairy cows -- this time at an auction in Portales, New Mexico. The video shows workers kicking, hitting, dragging by chains, and electrically shocking cows unable to stand or walk. It sickens me to watch these images, and I know it must have the same effect on you.

This is our third exposé since January, and the horrifying cruelty we've documented shows why it's time for the USDA, the states, and the meat and dairy industries to act -- and to delay and dilly dally no longer. Watch our video, then urge the USDA to immediately adopt a comprehensive policy barring the slaughter of injured and ill cattle who cannot walk, called "downers."

Our investigators visited five auctions and a slaughter plant during the course of these three investigations and found appalling mistreatment at every location -- providing irrefutable evidence that there are industry-wide problems that must be addressed. Besides fostering the terrible suffering of downers, the loophole has the potential to threaten the safety of our food supply: Downers have a higher risk of harboring foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and even mad cow disease, than cows able to walk on their own. How much longer can we afford to wait?

While the USDA has committed to a ban on the slaughter of downers for human consumption, it has yet to implement it. And our latest investigation shows why USDA should not wait another day. While it's at it, the agency must broaden the ban to include downers at livestock auctions and other links in the food supply chain, too. Animals -- and the American public -- deserve aggressive action to solve this problem. There is no more time for hedging or delay. Please tell the USDA to act today."~ Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society []

never be a bystander, be responsible, and always remember ignorance isn't bliss.


Blogger Times of Glory said...

Dear, your skirt look rocks! That is so great! I love your various outfits! I really love the 2nd picture! How cool! I can never create something like that! Super duper cool!

I also love the over the H&M dress! Layers are just stylish!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Pudding and Pie said...

I really love the way you can find so many different ways to wear one piece of clothing. It makes me want to try some DIY.

As well, I love how you included causes and increased awareness. Coming from a farm/ranch background, I am very disgusted at what the beef industry continues to do. It's absolutely terrible!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous susie_bubble said...

That is really impressive and extensive play on the skirt but why loosen the buttons and twist it up when it's so lovely folded in like that as a skort.... I think this would work better on looser button up skirts....that way, you have more give to stretch the skirt a bit....

12:44 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

Excellent post as usual!!!
I loved the mixed up skirt!!!
Love you and miss you :)

5:55 PM  
Blogger Giselle Dozier said...

I friggin love this skort! I like the idea of totally mangling it and buttoning it all "wrong" thats too bad you couldnt figure out how to do it again though lol :-P

But seriously, I love skorts...I just bought an awesome chanel esque on from a thrift store...(def not actual chanel)

-Giselle <3<3<3

6:00 PM  
Blogger enc said...

I want to hear about the jumpsuit that belt came from.

I don't eat meat, thank goodness.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

I have to tell you, your blog makes me so incredibly happy. You cover so many amazing things all at once and make me really glad to know you.

Phenomenal DIY post, love that you mixed it up so much! So awesome.

About the dairy issue, I definately didn't hesitate to visit and sign. I'm very proud to say that my first few months of transition to veganism is not hard knowing all of the terrible practices in the meat/dairy/food industry. You're wonderful!


12:08 AM  
Blogger Dapper Kid said...

Wow that skirt looks coooool, love all those looks!! And good post on the cows, people tend to overlook where their food is actually coming from because they only the end product!

2:59 AM  
Blogger ivoreece said...

Your skirt looks so sweet! The idea to re-style it as on second image is so amazing! wow

4:12 AM  
Blogger kathrin said...

man you're so versatile! you have some fantastic ideas and can really pull it off! where do you get your inspiration? many thanks also for leaving a comment on my site :)


11:43 AM  
Blogger kitty kate said...

:( so sad.

thanks for the knowledge.
your skirt is adorable!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

woooow, what amazing work on the skirt! it made my head spin just to read the description of you trying to do the "warped" look, so i can imagine how much it must have made YOUR head spin to actually do it! did you invent the word "skort"? i agree, it's better than "shirt", although "shirt" is funny. ^^ i also like that you're not only posting about fashion, but also raising awareness. well done, and thanks for commenting on my blog!

3:46 AM  
Blogger *** MeMiLy EdD *** said...

ah i love the anti skort! it is so kl i wil try it one day :)

4:48 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

cate-- I definitely did not invent the word skort! Others way before us invented that word. ;) I only came up with the anti-skort.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Carolina Lange said...

I adore your skirt! And the looks you pulled off are great! My favourite is the skirt over the dress!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Kira Fashion said...

great ideas!
I love the second picture!!!
wear that way with some black tights!

a kiss!!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I know, you should do a photo series with balloons, they're quite inspiring! Love the skirt, it's awesome! Have a nice day.

1:18 PM  
Blogger dreamecho said...

my mind boggles at the original mash up -- i can't believe you got the pocket buttons in on the action as well! you're hilarious. and, this flipping the button placket over thing is genius. thanks for giving me the heads up about this post. more importantly, thanks for dedicating it to me!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Molly :] said...

Well, however you choose to wear that skirt, it looks fantastic! I do love your posts, always so unique :)

10:59 AM  
Blogger atelier said...

that skirt looks so wearable and chic in your mixes!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Kool Thing said...

I love the skirt! The warped look is awesome, it's almost couture-like.

In the UK, you only really get intensively farmed meat in more down-market supermarkets, but when I see adverts for "8 burgers for 80 pence" (that's a dollar sixty), I get so upset for the conditions the animal has endured to be sold that cheaply.

3:33 PM  
Blogger i think thats hauttte said...

wow this was a fantastic post!! haha the picture of how you buttoned up your skirt in that funky way is amazing.

4:15 PM  
Blogger lola729 said...

thats a very clever idea and creative one to make the skirt like that. i luv how u remade it in2 an abstract one.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Blicious said...

i love the looks! cute skirt!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

ohh, you are more than stylish!!
all the outfits are amazing

9:47 AM  
Blogger Aisha said...

ohmygod you're a freakin' genius!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

thank you guys for all the positive reactions to the DIY!! and especially your responses to the action of the week. It really warmed my heart :)

enc-- haha! How did I know someone would ask me about the jumpsuit? anyway it was a one-time purchase years ago the first time I bought something from urban outfitters. In my defense it was on sale. I have never actually worn it out...unless maybe once. and it was a real hassle to go to the bathroom.

kathrin-- I get my inspiration from everywhere! Everything. I think people can be inspired by the most ordinary things. With the skirt, it's just a gut feeling on how to pair things together but keeping in mind if I would be able to walk out the door confidently in the outfit.

aisha-- your comment made me laugh! (in a good way)..I don't think I'm a genius. Creativity will have a tendency to just come out when one just gives some time allowance for it. :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Lucy-Jane said...

haha that made me laugh so much. It really did look fantastic all twisted up too. But I really love the "anti-skirt" idea, how clever of you!

12:57 AM  

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