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Epantsimated
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Hello, all skirt- and kilt-wearing fellows all around. It's very pleasant to find this online community.

I stopped wearing trousers altogether in 2018 and have never looked back. The main reason is that I had found trousers miserably uncomfortable for many years. Eventually, I had the very late realization that there was no law requiring me to wear them! Though I am a generally shy and soft-spoken man, I am also highly unconventional in some ways and accustomed to being seen as odd -- and that was my opening. Most important to me was that it be all or nothing -- that is, I could not accept having to decide on any given day if it was going to be “okay” for me to wear a skirt that day. Thus I went full-time with skirt-wearing.

Not satisfied with what was “out there” in terms of men’s skirts, I started making my own, learning to sew along the way (still far from an expert sewist!). Eventually I made a kilt, and now I make and wear both. My look so far is in the “business suit” kind of area.
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Welcome and very clever screen name. It helps to be concidered odd to start with as not much you do will surprise people you know ............. And the ones you don' t know it does'nt matter.
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Welcome aboard. I think your line: "I could not accept having to decide on any given day if it was going to be “okay” for me to wear a skirt that day. Thus I went full-time with skirt-wearing." should be one of the foundational concepts for men as they decide to do as they like -- "OKAY" is always there, including pretty much anything from diapers to tux -- but a conceptual basis of knowing it is OKAY is a great aide.

Looking forward to hearing more of your insights and adventures in the MIS's world.

Pura Vida,
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denimini wrote: Wed Jan 10, 2024 2:56 am Welcome and very clever screen name. It helps to be concidered odd to start with as not much you do will surprise people you know ............. And the ones you don' t know it does'nt matter.
I couldn't have said it better. The username intrigued me also.
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:welcome:

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Hello and welcome!

I hope you consider sharing some of your favorites in the sewing section. I'm very much a novice and would appreciate the inspiration. :)

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Welcome, Epantsimated! I'm another one who has often avoided conformity. There are a few situations where I wear trousers yet, when I am a public representative for a larger group.
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:welcome:
Great handle
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Thank you all for the kind welcome! I am looking forward to more interactions, maybe especially in the sewing area.
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Seb wrote:
> Do you self draft or follow a pattern?

Thanks!
So far, it has been measure, measure, measure, and then cutting out based on measurements. I will check out the sewing section for sure.
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A belated welcome, epantsimated! Your name is great, one of the best on the site. Besides being a clever pun, it's how I felt when I started wearing skirts regularly.

When you switched to full-time skirt wearing, had you already been doing it publicly so that many people were aware, or did you surprise everyone by going straight from 0 to 100?
Keep on skirting,

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Hi. I wore a variety of kilts around Maryland in 2010-2012 and received no negative feedback at all, though I did have to do a lot of hasty genealogical research, as people would ask about my Scottish/Irish heritage. I saw a number of other kilts, and not only at the Celtic Festivals or the Renaissance Festival (though there were a lot at both of those!).
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skirtyscot wrote: Tue Jan 23, 2024 7:57 pm When you switched to full-time skirt wearing, had you already been doing it publicly so that many people were aware, or did you surprise everyone by going straight from 0 to 100?
Hi, skirtyscot!
It was something like 0 to 100, though I had made a few "trial runs" in the months before. It took me a while to figure out a regular set of options in things to wear with the skirt, mostly because I would be wearing them to work every day. I also waited until I had three different skirts. (Those three were all Skirtcraft, but for about two years now I have only been wearing skirts (and a few kilts) that I make myself.)
Happy day!
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Hi Epantsimated and velkommen* to the SkirtCafe.

The skirts from Skirtcraft are my favourite too. I got 4 Unalligned skirts years ago, I knew them from the kickstart project that they started.

*Velkommen : Welcome in Norwegian.
I'm learning Norwegian because we are moving from the Netherlands to Norway in a couple of months.
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I'm Marica, I'm a 59 year old girl.
Learning Norwegian: Jeg er Marica.

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