I don’t like to wear skirts and dresses….they make me uncomfortable. Oh, did I mention my lovely varicose veins that were bequeathed upon me by my fore-mothers?? Yeah, stick with the pants, Kelly.
Most of the time, in fall and winter, you will find me in a comfortable pair of jeans and a knit sweater of some kind. But in the warmer summer months, I usually wear long shorts or capris with a sporty-type shirt or top. This system keeps the veins covered for the most part.
Sounds like a bit of a weird problem, but you “homesteader types” will be tracking with me, I’m sure.
I find that I don’t have enough pockets for all the stuff I need to carry around all day.
First thing in the morning, I carry bottles for the babies (shoved in my pockets) and my milking pail to the golf-cart. Other supplies might be under my elbows as I stock the barns out back.
Oh, don’t forget to grab a couple of fence hooks (put in pocket) for that loose spot in the gate! Grab some udder cream, pocket knife to cut the hay string with and bug repellent (in pockets) and where are the keys?
After that, I’m up to the garden to look things over, pick if necessary and weed. It’s good to have my handy little shovel (in pocket) and pruning shears (pocket), just in case I need them. It’s a long trip back to the house.
By the end of the day, I could possibly have the likes of clothes pins, nails/screws, tape, pens, hot wheel cars, worming pills and bandaids in my pockets, can you see my problem? I need more functionality in my wardrobe.
Last year, I decided to buy “mom” one of those carpenter belts, with all the pockets. I proudly wrote “Mom’s” on the back with permanent marker. It worked fairly well, other than the fact that things continued to fall out of it whenever I bent over, (which was often), and the boys kept stealing it.
Soon after, I began to wear an apron all day over my clothes. This proved helpful, but still not enough pockets.
Enter 2012….I’m going to design my own “Apron Skirt“!
Yep, that’s the plan, to learn to love skirts and the pockets they can offer. I’m beginning with a basic skirt pattern, McCalls M5430 and M5431, that allows for bloating and all that stuff, you know. Then I’m going to add apron-type pockets to it, working with it until I find the right balance.
Notice that one is a wrap skirt and the other one allows for contrasting fabric. There’s a lot of flexibility with both of these patterns, each one requires about 2 1/2 yards of fabric to make. I would like to keep the price to under $6 each.
The right fabric hasn’t shown itself yet, but it will. I’ll find it on the clearance rack at either Joann’s or Walmart, I’m sure.
How do YOU carry and/or organize all the things a homesteading and/or homeschooling mom needs during the day??