the skirt itself
This hand-crafted skirt
does not compare
with something mass-produced.
It has been made-to-measure
and stitched with your own two hands
from start to finish.
It is the only one of its kind,
a piece of art that carries
the essence of its creator.
You have carefully selected the fabric,
using the type, color, and quality
that is perfect for this design.
Beyond that, every step of the way,
you have made careful decisions,
from cutting to stitching to pressing.
has been considered
and carefully executed.
the creation process
You have invested hours into this skirt.
Invested, not spent, and certainly not wasted!
Think on this time carefully…
If you have chosen to enjoy the time,
using it as an opportunity to slow down
and consider the process of creation,
then this time cannot be considered wasted,
nor even compared to time spent working.
This is time you have spent in enjoyment.
How much money
are you willing to spend doing something fun?
Watching a movie, eating dinner out, drinking specialty coffee…
These are consumption, and rather passive, at that,
yet you’re willing to spend money, because they bring you enjoyment.
These are not comparable to the process of making a skirt.
The making of your skirt was an investment into yourself.
You did not only spend time doing something that brought you enjoyment,
you were also learning and growing.
the educational aspect
How much money
are you willing to invest in educational endeavors,
whether formal, like university classes, or informal , like community center workshops?
The making of this skirt is like a class or a workshop.
As you read the book and stitch the skirt,
you will learn valuable skills.
More than that, you will have the book to refer to again
should you want to review or even expand your skills.
You will not absorb everything in one go.
The educational aspect
doesn’t stop once you’ve learned
the skills outlined in this book.
Maybe after making yourself a skirt,
you can teach your daughter or a young friend
how to sew a skirt for herself.
You can use the book
as a resource to teach others,
whether they be friends or family.
the communal element
What do you and your girl friends
like to do when you spend time together?
Do you go on coffee dates, perhaps?
What if instead of chatting over coffee and muffins,
you converse over fabric and needles?
What if you get together to sew?
If you do,
you have the opportunity
to encourage each other in the creation process.
Any one of you
who has unique skills
may share them with the others.
You can learn
both from the book
and from each other.
And at the same time,
you are investing
in your friendship.
wearing your skirt
Then there is the value you receive
every time you put on
this beautiful skirt.
It goes beyond the simple fact
that it has been made specifically for you
according to your preferences and measurements.
Because you created it yourself
and because you found so much joy in creating it,
this skirt carries positive associations.
Every time you wear it,
you can feel a healthy sense of pride
knowing that you created something beautiful and useful.
You will think of the moments you spent carefully placing each stitch
as you listened to music, a podcast or audiobook,
or the simple sound of making.
The feeling you have wearing your own creation
is different from the experience of putting on
anything else you’ve ever worn before.
a simplified wardrobe
Because of the classic nature of this skirt,
it has the potential to help you
simplify your wardrobe.
The skirt makes getting dressed easy;
all you have to do is grab a favorite top
in order to have a neat and tidy outfit.
Even a simple T-shirt
appears less casual when paired with such a classy skirt.
Add an accessory like a scarf or necklace for something extra special!
The versatility of the skirt
makes it wearable for a variety of events,
so you will have no trouble getting plenty of use out of it!
If you already have a minimalistic wardrobe,
this skirt fits in nicely with your other
classic investment pieces.
And if you regularly waste precious time
staring into your closet wondering what to wear,
this skirt will start you on a journey toward simplicity.
so what is the value of your hand-crafted skirt?
The value is the sum of all of these:
the hand-crafted artisanal skirt itself,
the time spent enjoying the creation process,
the time invested in the educational process,
the time invested in community,
the time you will spend enjoying the skirt as you wear it,
and the time saved with a well-rounded, minimalist wardrobe!