This past weekend, while shopping at a local Goodwill, I found 3 fabulous long skirts. One is a lighter-weight, black cotton one, that goes just a few inches above my ankles. I also found 2 corduroy ones, also the same length. I wore the black one two days ago, and found out very quickly that I froze. I wore it all day, but decided then and there, if I am going to go all skirts, then I need a new way to stay warm.
I have been reading around on the internet for suggestions, and have found some fabulous ones:
The Stay-At-Home Missionary blog has some fabulous tips in this post.
Homemaker's Corner has some tips too, scroll down a bit to the winter tips.
The information on Homemaker's Corner inspired me to consider homemade flannel slips as an additional layer under my skirts. I can make them of any length (long or shorter - below the knee). What will I use for these slips?
Flannel nightgowns! I have one already, that my daughter no longer wanted. I think it will make a fabulous slip, just by cutting from just below the sleeve on one side to the other. Adjust for length, add a waist with elastic for comfort, and poof! A slip. I know my local Salvation Army store has these for just a few dollars, and there are some very pretty ones out there.
I also am going to be buying a couple pairs of long johns, what most would call long underwear. I am not concerned with the tops, just the bottoms. With a pair of these under a longer skirt, and dark knee highs, it should keep my nice and toasty. If needed, I can shorten them by cutting them at the right length, then re-adding the cuff portion.
Now, for why I want to wear skirts. It has been on my heart for over a year. Some think that it is due to legalism of my faith. While my faith is extremely important to me, and I am learning more and more what YHWH truly wants in my life, this is not the reason.
Over the course of the last few years, one of the most important lessons I have been learning is what a daughter of YHWH should be. For me, skirts are part of this. I have to admit I was afraid to make the change. Afraid of what people would say...in other words, the world. But YHWH tells us to not be of this world. He tells us to not be concerned with what others think. I always thought I felt this way, even before my faith became stronger. But I wasn't. Until recently.
You do not have to agree with my decision. That is fine. I choose this for me, and that is what feels right in my heart. I have prayed to YHWH, and he has not denied this, so I am going to follow through with it.
I will post pictures in my next post, of my flannel slip project, and let you know how it comes out.