… when they turn out not to be the kind of thing that you ever want to wear again. Even though, when in that market in Jaipur, you convince yourself that they will be.
These were once two floor-length skirts. While the red one could be rescued by cutting it to knee-length, the other still looked like I was trying to wear a pair of curtains. Luckily, it looks much better having unpicked the stitching and re-used the fabric to make a cushion cover.
This skirt used to be a pair of baggy trousers that I wore a lot in India as part of a salwar kamise outfit. After deciding that small-town England was not yet ready for such load trousers, I unpicked the trouser seems, cut a lot of fabric off, and then re-stitched as a skirt. Much more wearable.