A new chocolate twill skirt, seen here after a hard day of church, family reunions, and playing in the park.
Pattern, from Mrs. R., is a mock wrap skirt with a nice big pocket. Vintage button. I topstitched in tan all over it.
It fills a hole in my wardrobe left by the first brown twill skirt I made, using my mother's old 1970s Singer which frustrated my efforts at every turn. I was a very new sewer, and two weeks ago, suddenly realized how badly it showed in that skirt (uneven hem, chewed up topstitching, crooked zipper) and dropped it in the trash. I know: I have lost the right to say I'm thrifty (and shortly after the trashcan incident, I sat straight up in bed and realized I had forgotten to take out the perfectly reusable zipper!).
Lemonade Sirup (from Joy of Cooking, 1953) - made with limes, a 10-for-$2-deal at the grocery store
Boil for 5 minutes:
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
Rind of 2-3 limes (I shaved it off with my vegetable peeler)
1/8 tsp. salt
Cool. Strain. Add the juice of 6 limes; you can strain that as well, but I like the pulp. Drop a lime slice in for pretty. Store in fridge.
To make a glass of limeade, add 2-3 Tbs. to a tall glass of ice water or "charged water" (seltzer).
Perfect with Sunday evening popcorn. Pretty against a summer skirt.
I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay-at-home mom, part time cookbook editor, a Mennonite, and a city dweller. I like to make things (see the blog categories below). This blog is a record of what I make and the ways I try to be thrifty. Welcome!
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"Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance...thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste...if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare."