I tend to browse the online boutique, la garconne, a lot - it has a nice simple layout and carries some of my favorite brands, such as A.P.C. Upon browsing, I fell in love with this A.P.C. corduroy skirt with pockets (always a plus)...
I knew I really wanted it, but also knew that it was $200 and probably not that difficult to sew. Now, I am a horrific seamstress...I've tried, I've failed, I've given up. My mother, on the other hand, is brilliant. She is completely self-taught when it comes to sewing, and boy can she sew. I had the most amazing Halloween costumes when I was younger, I wish I had pictures to share (and I kind of still wished she'd make them for me). ANYWAY, so when I went home (this was about a month ago) I asked my ever-skilled mom if she could, perhaps, maybe, replicate such a skirt.
She looked at the pictures, looked at a skirt I already had and said she'd give it a go. She even offered to try and make the pockets...something she has never done. So, off we went to JoAnn's Fabrics to find some corduroy...which was quite the expedition on its own, let me tell you. All the textures, colors, then buttons, oy! Well, I didn't find the caramel color of the A.P.C. skirt but rather this honey color (kind of like the Boy trousers I spoke of) instead.
A couple of days later...voila! That material turned into a beautifully sewn, handmade (couture!) corduroy skirt that fit me precisely and only cost $4.59 (for the material, oh plus lots of tea-bringing for mumsy). And the fact that my mom made it makes it so much more special than anything I could buy from A.P.C., no matter how nice.