Saturday, February 21, 2009

I finally use up some of my stash and make a skirt

You might remember when I picked up this material for $2 at the local markets last year.

I thought it would be great to use it for a reversible wrap-around skirt like I saw on Alicia Paulson's funny and creative blog. But I was just waiting to find some material to go on the reverse side. I could've gone out and bought some new material from a fabric shop but when I find something cheap , I don't want to go to a lot of expense using it. I knew that if I waited long enough, the right piece would find me. And it did this week at the local St Vinnies for just 50c.

I loved this embroidered fabric as soon as I saw it, and it was blue and red so it co-ordinated beautifully and it was just the right size.

I felt like being creative this weekend and wanted something quick and easy to make so I had a go at making the skirt. Now, I am a lazy sewer. I don't really measure, (I didn't have a wrap skirt to make a pattern from so I just grabbed a dress with an A-line, guessed where the waist would be, laid it on some newspaper and traced around it....very professional, not), I don't always pin and most of the time I go "that's close enough". I'm too impatient and just want the finished result. So yes, my skirt did pucker a bit because I didn't follow Alicia's advice and let it hang overnight and the binding is actually two different reds made from scraps in my overflowing cupboard because I couldn't wait until Monday to get some from the shop but I think it turned out nice. Ella even asked if she could have it when she's older and I outgrow it. (Ella's getting in touch with her feminine side but that's a story for another day.)

So here's my pathetic attempts to model it. I'm such a natural in front of the camera. Groan.

So, two skirts for the price-of-one and only $2.50 at that. Don't you love a bargain.


  1. g'day thanks for poppin by!

    love the skirt and good luck with your little wooden cottage - if I can make this place look semi-good I think there is hope for all! *smile

    happy sunday


  2. That skirt is beautiful, well done. I can't believe you made it yourself, I am terrified of even trying to make clothes as it seems so hard!

    Funny how things like the reverse fabric turn up when you need them. Last night I needed something to finish off something I was making as it looked a bit flat and thought something which I then realised is one of the things I often say to myself (the answer is close at hand). Sure enough I found some little twinkly beads that were just perfect :)

    Mel xxx

  3. Esther how clever; good on you! It looks great on you and you look great too.
    Love you

  4. That's BRILLIANT. I can't believe you just made your own pattern and sewed it up in a flash! It looks beauitful and so do you! I'm very impressed!

  5. Great idea, have never seen anything like it but its ever so thrifty and pretty too!
    Nice to see you modelling it :-))


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  • I love the smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
  • My favourite flowers are daisies.
  • My favourite trees are pine trees.
  • I always like to have the bickie jar full and a cake on the cake stand. I know...not that healthy, but so good to look at.
  • Autumn is my favourite month, although I do wish we had more of a change of colours up here in Queensland.
  • I love Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder. They started my love affair with "old-fashioned" stuff.
  • I'm a boots and jeans kind of girl, but also love vintage skirts and dresses.
  • I like sewing and am in love with quilts at the moment.
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  • I love old houses with character. No new estate houses for me. (Sorry Rosie.)
  • I love vintage/cottage/farmhouse decorating and pretty pinks and blues, with a splash of red for colour.
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  • I've got the gardening bug again recently. It comes and goes with the weather. I'm envisioning cottage flowers in pink, blue and white to go with my green picket fence.