As you might be able to guess, this skirt was made from a sheet. Pretty sheets are so hard to come by at Salvation Army, so when I spot them I snap them right up. They're the first thing in the cart. Finding such a pretty, 70s-retro-daisies sheet for $2 was exciting enough.
But on top of that... on top of that, (deep breath), this is the first thing I've ever sewn from a pattern. I know, I know. Small potatoes. But when your own mother sweated bullets over sewing the badges on your girl scout sash, you celebrate the baby steps.
Let me talk about this for a minute. My mom kept a sewing box. About 6 x 8", it held a paper of needles, a small box of pins, a few tangled spools of thread and neglected packages of bias tape and rick rack, and a bag of my great-grandmother's embroidery floss. I remember her sewing on the occasional button, girl scout badges, and once, a felt hat for my Halloween costume in second grade. Suffice to say, needle and thread were not her tools of choice.
But, anyway, yes, the pattern. Simplicity 4236, a straightforward skirt, a good place to start. Skirts are such beautiful things. They are by far my favorite type of clothing, especially the ones that flare out and swish as you walk or dance. What could be better than clothes that are fun to move in? This particular skirt I made is a full circle skirt. Yesterday (before hemming), I spent a full ten minutes testing it out, sashaying around our bedroom and twirling, twirling, twirling. It flies up, perfectly parallel to the floor when I spin. Why is that so much fun?
Sigh. I'll probably have four more sewn before the summer's over. Don't say I didn't warn ya.