15 April 2011
skirt from tablecloth (or, I make more stuff than I remember to blob.)
I am always having a hard time figuring out what I mean this space to be--it was fun having a few more readers last month during once upon a thread (and I hope some of you are still lurking around, hi!), but mostly this is a place for me to document, record, and remember... stuff. Family stuff, home stuff, yes, and also making stuff. And lately I've been reminded that I really do make something everyday. Not finish something, oh no. But whether it's a few rows knitted, a pattern laid out, a quick drawing for one of the kids, a photograph taken, a page written, or even just dinner (and yes! dinner counts as making. don't let anyone tell you otherwise), making is a huge part of my day. Something not to forget, I think.
To that end, with the warmer weather I've been wearing more of this skirt. I made it at the end of the summer last year and wore it quite a bit until the weather got too cool for the light colors and canvasy fabric to look right (even though I pulled on tights and tried to make it work for a while--I think I wore it to jury duty, ha). It's one of those items that is full of imperfections but I still like a lot, for reasons of comfort and whimsy. The waist is a bit too loose, one pocket is wonky, and I kept meaning to fix all that before I wrote about it here... but I think I will just live with it.
I wore it on our spring field trip the other day, hoping I could get my sidekick photographer (Owen) to snap a few shots. For some reason Elliott wanted to be in all of them, which was fine by me, but Owen kept trying to shoo him out... I guess he had a "vision." Anyhow we managed a few--and they even capture the aforementioned crooked pockets for you :-)
The skirt is inspired by this one that Melissa (tinyhappy) shared last year--as my title suggests, it used to be a tablecloth, one I thrifted because I liked the fabric, but then found that it clashed/overdid our already gray dining room. So, to the cutting board it went.
I was able to use the existing hem on the tablecloth and lined up another (vintage) skirt I like on top, aligning the folds of skirt and tablecloth. I knew I wanted the length and bottom opening to be the same but needed to add width at the waist to allow for elastic/gathering (vs. the original's fitted/zippered construction). So I just kind of guessed, laid my straightedges out in the place I show above, and cut! Then I used that piece to cut an identical one from the other side. As I mentioned, I could have gotten away with a little bit smaller waist or at least tighter elastic, but it is fine, really.
Of course I had to copy Melissa's lovely pocket detail:
They are lined with a little bit of Moda I got on the remnant table at Hancock's of Paducah, I think. Kind of a secret surprise when you put your hands in. Looking back at Melissa's, I wish I had gone with even bigger pockets to showcase the detail (and because big pockets are super useful), but again, it's all just notes for next time. Notes that I have because I am remembering to write this down. And the memory of the "photoshoot," the silly tree poses, and the sweet boys who were by my side for it? That is the one I will keep, long after I get tired of wearing any old skirt.