The best everyday tablecloths I have found are twin sheets from thrift stores. And one day in November, I came across this ridiculously wonderful queen-size flat sheet with lemon trees, orange groves, egrets, bunnies, and red-roofed Spanish-style villas. I held it in my hands and could not even guess what I wanted to do with it, but it had to come home with me.
In December, my husband wangled a way for me to go to Florida with him on a business trip in January. Suddenly, I realized that I needed to wear that sheet somehow. I chose a full circle skirt to get as much of that declarative, whimsical print on display as possible.
I've made half-circle skirts before, but the volume of a full circle skirt really gave me the giggles. I used an entire package of "spruce green" bias tape on the hem and had to finish with a scrap of blue, which means the bottom circumference of this skirt is about 6 yards. Six yards of swish at my legs! Delicious.
I really like the side closure on this skirt that includes the pocket. It was fairly easy to do. I had some difficulty getting the waistband just the right size - first it was too tight, then I pieced in some ease and it was too big. But this print serenely disguises lots of things and keeps up the blue sky.
I got to wear my circle skirt for a beach walk and dinner on the deck, although I was shivering by the end because Florida in January is not really balmy and there was a sharp breeze off the Tampa Bay. But I'm a Northerner and I wanted to wear my Florida skirt in Florida. Spring is gently rising around us, and I am eager wear this skirt soon again.