Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My Florida Skirt

This post has literally nothing to do with COVID-19; it is just me getting around to blogging this skirt I made in January.


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.
The little scraps left from hemming.


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.


20 comments:

  1. That is so lovely!!! The top picture makes me think of Spain.

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  2. I love it! Yes, that was a fabulous find, impossible to resist.

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  3. What an improbable and delightful print! Good choice to make a full skirt that keeps so much of the 'story' intact. It looks great on you! Perfect for the beach...

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    1. You're right - it does have stories!! Perhaps I will start writing them down...

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  4. This made me smile. Thanks, Margo!

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  5. Great idea!!! Love the fabric. Glad you're back and blogging

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  6. You know I love it. It makes my day that we both picked up this same print in a vintage find.

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    1. Yes!!! It tickles me to know you got the other sheet - and so curious to know *who* owned these sheets around here!

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  7. What a FIND! Enjoy that happy new skirt

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  8. Such a fabulous skirt! I love when fabric speaks to us like that.

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  9. I love reading about news that's different than COVID-19! The skirt and you are beautiful. Plus inspiring pics, especially the one in Florida. Refreshing to see/read in my inbox.

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    1. Thank you, friend! I am definitely limiting my exposure to the news :)

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  10. Lovely! Now I want a circle skirt. Maybe when my littles are a little bigger and I have time for sewing again...

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  11. What a find and a lovely project to use it for. I love a swirly skirt (as my daughter calls them) they make me want to dance!

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  12. Beautiful. Your posts are always comforting and even more in this crazy world !

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  13. Love unique prints like that! I often have trouble deciding what to do with them, but keep them just to look at in the meantime. What a beautiful skirt! I hope you get much enjoyment from it once the weather warms up.

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  14. So glad you figured out what to create from that whimsical cloth.... Love the Florida view of the skirt.

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  15. Aaaaahhh-mazing! So much beautiful swish!

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