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The Unaligned Skirt
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Unaligned Skirt

Color:

Size (waist):

Price:

$75 (US)

 

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# Skirts
123+
United States$11$14$16
Canada$16$25$31
Rest of world$23$35$43

 

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The Unaligned is a sturdy, unique, knee-length skirt with multiple large pockets.

Made in the USA of imported fabric.

Style

  • Two large hip pockets
  • Two large lower side pockets with zippers
  • Distinctive asymmetric seams
  • Seven belt loops: three in front, four in back (two in center back). Note: some photos are of a prototype with only five belt loops; actual product has seven.
  • Colors: black, khaki, grey

Materials

  • Main fabric: 9.5-ounce brushed bull denim
    • Denim: durable and comfortable
    • 9.5-ounce: lighter than typical jeans denim (12-16 ounces), so it drapes better (more flowy) yet is still tough
    • Bull: has a solid-color look because it's made from yarn that's all the same color. Unlike classic denim, which has a two-color look because its warp yarns are blue and its weft yarns are white.
    • Brushed: for a soft touch
  • Fly zipper: YKK square metal jeans zipper with nickel finish
  • Lower pocket zippers: YKK nylon coil zippers, with color matched to fabric
  • Button: metal, jeans-style, with Skirtcraft logo and dark-grey nickel finish

RATINGS & REVIEWS

These tend to cluster around certain dates because we send out feedback requests to bunches of recent customers at once.

The Aqueous Skirt
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Aqueous Skirt

** Kickstarter in Spring 2018 **

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Color:

To be determined

Size (waist):

To be determined

Price:

To be determined


The Aqueous is a heavy, fluid, unique, knee-length skirt with large hip pockets.

Made in the USA of imported fabric.

Style

  • Two large hip pockets
  • Distinctive spiralling seams
  • Heavy-weight, for stable pockets and better privacy
  • A fluid, natural drape—despite the weight
  • Belt loops (7)
  • Colors: To be determined

Materials

  • Main fabric: 6.5-ounce twill
    • Twill is the same durable weave used to make denim, but this fabric is only about half the weight of denim
    • 100% cotton
  • Lining: 11-ounce ponte di roma
    • Ponte di Roma is a style of knit that's smooth and stable (less stretchy) compared to other knits
    • At 11 ounces per square yard, it's quite weighty
    • The unexpectedly fluid drape of this heavy fabric is due to the rayon content and the ponte knit style.
    • 67% rayon, 28% nylon, 5% spandex
  • Side zipper: YKK nylon coil
  • Closure: metal hook-and-bar

T-Shirts

Skirts and Pockets Are for Everybody T-Shirt - women's style with white graphics

Women's-style / White Graphics

Skirts and Pockets Are for Everybody T-Shirt - men's style with white graphics

Men's-style / White Graphics

men's-style t-shirt colors
Skirts and Pockets Are for Everybody T-Shirt - women's style with black graphics

Women's-style / Black Graphics

Skirts and Pockets Are for Everybody T-Shirt - men's style with black graphics

Men's-style / Black Graphics

women's-style t-shirt colors

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Map

Cities/towns to which we've shipped skirts!

The latitudes and longitudes shown in this map are not derived from precise addresses; they're city/town locations only. Places to which multiple orders have been sent are indicated in purple.


About

Skirtcraft is a micro-brand based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Our products are Made in the USA, at a factory in Los Angeles, California.

Our first product, the Unaligned Skirt, was launched via a successful Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2015. We did a 2nd factory run in fall 2017.

Our second product, the Aqueous Skirt, is currently in development, with a Kickstarter planned for early 2018.


Press & Blog Coverage

New York Post, BBC Radio 4, CBSN, Qwear, The Closet Feminist, CBS WCCO 4 (Minneapolis), MinnPost, Star Tribune

New York Post:Macho Men Are Wearing Skirts Now
BBC Radio 4:live interview
CBS News (national):Minn. Clothing Line to Debut Unisex Skirts
WCCO TV (CBS Mpls):Twin Cities Kickstarter Campaign Nearly Realizing Dream of Unisex Skirts
Star Tribune:Unisex Skirt Maker Scores Launch Capital (scroll down in main article)
Bring Me The News (now GoMN):For Him or Her: Mn Startup Raising Funds to Launch Unisex Skirts
Qwear:Meet Skirtcraft: Modern, Rugged, Unisex Skirts
The Closet Feminist:Fashion x Feminism: Unisex Skirts by Skirtcraft

Story

A while ago, I wanted to start wearing skirts.

Joe sewing

I'd realized they were cool, and that I hadn't considered them before because I'd thought of them as being just for women (I'm a man). But it occurred to me that they really weren't—except by convention, and even then, only in certain parts of the world. I was missing out on one of the most basic forms of human clothing for no good reason!

What I wanted in my first skirt:

Looking for my first skirt, I found a wide variety of excellent products, but none that quite had the style I was looking for.

I'd been learning to sew at the time, so I decided one of my first projects would be a skirt. After about a year experimenting with different ideas, I arrived at a design I was excited about, and started exploring developing it as a product: the Unaligned Skirt.

a prototype of the Unaligned Skirt

Having done 20+ design iterations, in April 2014 we registered Skirtcraft LLC and started sharing prototype photos online and collecting feedback. In September 2014, we began working with Clothier Design Source on developing the design into a product for manufacture: pattern formalization, materials sourcing, size grading, and testing. In June 2015, we settled on a partner factory to make the skirt in the U.S.

Funded with Kickstarter

From July 21st to August 20th, 2015, we conducted a Kickstarter campaign to fund the initial production run. Thanks to 177 backers from 16 countries, it succeeded!

Size Guide

Your Skirtcraft waist size may not be your usual size (see below).

measuring tape

Get Your Waist Measurement

Select Your Skirt Waist Size

Choose the size that matches your measurement. The Unaligned Skirt comes in these waist sizes:

Double-check Your Size

If you'd like to validate your size, or decide between two sizes, try this:

  1. Take out a couple pairs of pants/trousers or skirts that fit you well. Ideally they should be of a heavier fabric like denim, and should not be stretchy.
  2. Lay each one out flat. Pull the waistband from the sides so that it is lying nearly in a straight line (but not stretched).
  3. Measure the waistband from left to right.
  4. Compare the measurement to how the skirt sizes measure in the following table. Keep in mind that there is some variation between skirts of a given size, so your skirt's measurement may be off by up to about 3/8 inch (1 cm) from the values given.
SizeWaistband, Left to RightWaistband, Left to Right (before first wash/shrink)
30-3115 1/4 inches (38 3/4 cm)15 3/4 inches (40 cm)
32-3316 1/4 inches (41 1/4 cm)16 3/4 inches (42 1/2 cm)
34-3517 1/2 inches (44 1/2 cm)18 inches (45 3/4 cm)
36-3718 1/2 inches (47 cm)19 inches (48 1/4 cm)
38-3919 1/2 inches (49 1/2 cm)20 inches (50 3/4 cm)
40-4120 3/4 inches (52 3/4 cm)21 1/4 inches (54 cm)
42-4321 3/4 inches (55 1/4 cm)22 1/4 inches (56 1/2 cm)
44-4522 3/4 inches (57 3/4 cm)23 1/4 inches (59 cm)

Why Our Sizing Is Different

Skirt Length

The Unaligned Skirt is 22 1/2 inches (57 cm) long, measured on the side, from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the hem.

To test how long the skirt would be on you:

We would like to offer more lengths, but the factory considers each length an additional style subject to a minimum order quantity. As of yet, we don't have sufficient demand to reach these minimums for multiple skirt lengths.

If you'd be interested in a shorter or longer skirt, please send us a message (info at skirtcraft dot com) indicating what length you'd like us to offer.

If you do some sewing and are wondering about shortening the skirt yourself: yes, it is possible. We'll post instructions later, but don't plan on doing this unless you're comfortable with a sewing machine.

Shrinking

The fabric is pre-shrunk, but there is slight additional shrinkage that occurs during the first washing. The sizing takes this into account, so all of the measurements should be correct after washing.

Shipping

We typically ship within 48 hours of receiving an order. All orders are shipped via United States Postal Service.

Returns & Exchanges

We happily accept returns and size exchanges!

Conditions

Shipping

Alterations

How to Shorten Your Skirt

If you would like your skirt to be shorter and are interested in altering it yourself, here's how to do it. Before proceeding, remember that the skirt will shrink by about 1/2 inch the first 1-2 times it is washed. Altered items cannot be returned or exchanged.

You'll need:

Option A

This is the easiest approach. The drawback is it leaves layers of pocket fabric in the hem, which can make the hem hang in a more rigid and boxy way at the sides.

  1. Wash and dry the skirt twice, machine washing with cold water and drying on tumble dry medium, or however you intend to normally dry it. This step is to ensure that any shrinking will be resolved and taken into account when deciding on the new length.
  2. Decide how much shorter you'd like the skirt to be. We'll call this the Length Adjustment. For our examples, the Length Adjustment will be 3 inches.
  3. Determine the fabric width you'll be removing from the hem. If you are planning to use a serger, the width should be the Length Adjustment minus 7/8 inch. If you don't plan to use a serger, the width is the Length Adjustment minus 5/8 inch. In our example, you'd want to remove 2 1/8 inches if using a serger, or remove 2 3/8 inches otherwise.
  4. Use the scissors to cut off the hem edge, all the way around. The width to remove is the amount determined in the previous step. You'll notice more resistance as you cut through the extra layers of pocket fabric on the sides.
  5. If you have a serger / overlock machine, serge the new raw fabric edge, removing 1/4 inch of fabric in the process. If you don't have a serger, sew a zig-zag stich as close to the edge as possible.
  6. Fold the new hem edge 5/8 inch in from the edge, folding it toward the interior. In other words, the raw folded edge will be inside rather than outside the skirt. Press the new *inside* edge with the iron to make the folded edge crisp. Be sure to have the iron no higher than the Cotton setting. The reason for pressing from the inside is to prevent the iron from damaging the visible exterior of the skirt. It's easy to end up with shiny patches when pressing folds like this, since all of the iron's pressure is on a small amount of fabric.
  7. Pin the folded hem in place.
  8. With the top-stitching thread, sew a basic lockstitch all the way around the folded edge. This stitch should be from the exterior of the skirt and should be 1/2 inch from the folded edge. Be sure to remove pins before they reach the machine!

Option B

Only a little more complicated than Option A. The hem won't have the extra weight, and will hang properly. However, there will be one additional, visible, horizontal stitch across the side panel, near the bottom.

  1. Wash and dry the skirt twice, machine washing with cold water and drying on tumble dry medium, or however you intend to normally dry it. This step is to ensure that any shrinking will be resolved and taken into account when deciding on the new length.
  2. Decide how much shorter you'd like the skirt to be. We'll call this the Length Adjustment. For our examples, the Length Adjustment will be 3 inches.
  3. Locate the bottoms of the lower pockets from the inside of the skirt, about 1 inch from the hem edge. Notice that there are two layers of fabric that form each pocket bag, and these are not visible from the outside of the skirt. These layers are attached at either side by the skirt's main side-panel seams. Make two vertical cuts upward from the bottom edge of the pocket. Each cut should be just 1/4 inch inside the seam. The length of the cuts should be the Length Adjustment plus 1/2 inch. In our example, the cuts would be 3 1/2 inches.
  4. If you're using a serger, serge the pocket layers between the two cuts, all the way across. The width of fabric removed should be equal to the Length Adjustment, and this will leave behind 1/2 inch of the cuts. The extra cut length was just to allow the serger to get in there.
  5. If you're not using a serger, sew a zig-zag stich across the two interior pocket layers between the cuts. As with the serger, there should be 1/2 inch of cuts left behind. Cut across the pocket layers just below the zig-zag stitch, causing the portion between the cuts to be removed.
  6. From the outside of the skirt, with the top-stitching thread (or plain if you prefer) sew a plain lockstitch from left to right across each side panel. The stitch should run across the full width of the pocket, starting and ending in the primary seams that form the side edges of the pocket. It should be 1/4 - 1/2 inch above the tops of the cuts. It forms the bottom edge of the usable pocket interior. Take care to make this stich very straight since it's visible. Putting a strip of masking tape in place as a guide for the stich can simplify this.
  7. Determine the fabric width you'll be removing from the hem. If you are planning to use a serger, the width should be the Length Adjustment, minus 7/8 inch. If you don't plan to use a serger, the width is the Length Adjustment minus 5/8 inch. In our example, you'll want to remove 2 1/8 inches if using a serger, or remove 2 3/8 inches otherwise.
  8. Use the scissors to cut off the hem edge, all the way around. Remove the width of fabric determined in the previous step. You'll notice more resistance as you cut through the extra layers of pocket fabric on the sides.
  9. If you have a serger / overlock machine, serge the new raw fabric edge, removing 1/4 inch of fabric. If you don't have a serger, sew a zig-zag stich as close to the edge as possible.
  10. Fold the new hem edge 5/8 inch in from the edge, folding it toward the interior. In other words, the raw folded edge will be inside rather than outside the skirt. Press the new *inside* edge with the iron to make the folded edge crisp. Be sure to have the iron no higher than the Cotton setting. The reason for pressing from the inside is to prevent the iron from damaging the visible exterior of the skirt. It's easy to end up with shiny patches when pressing folds like this, since all of the iron's pressure is on a small amount of fabric.
  11. Pin the folded hem in place.
  12. With the top-stitching thread, sew a basic lockstitch all the way around the folded edge. This stitch should be from the exterior of the skirt and should be 1/2 inch from the folded edge. Be sure to remove pins before they reach the machine!

Contact

Skirtcraft LLC
P.O. Box 17062
Minneapolis, MN 55417
USA

info at skirtcraft dot com

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