The “Irish Eyes are Smiling” Skirt | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Target tablecloth ($10)
Pattern: Simplicity 2451
Year: c. 2010
Notions: Vintage zipper – 50 cents
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? YES! I love it.
Total Cost: ~$10.50
In case the green eyes and auburn hair didn't give it away, I'm an Irish girl. I can execute a near perfect Irish Goodbye (or Shamrock Shuffle, if you prefer). I love shepherd's pie and Guinness. Irish coffee and crusty bread. And rain. I love the rain! After two trips back to the motherland, my family has an extra-special appreciation for all things Emerald Isle.
In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day I was originally going to make a kitchy, cute top with tons of shamrocks. The fabric I set aside for this task was like "I'm going to grow legs and walk away" and hasn't been seen since. Thus a trip to the fabric store was in order. It was slim pickings there.
What to do? I know – Target might have some crazy Irish sheets! They did not. On to plan D – kitchenware. As I rounded the corner I spotted exactly what I needed – a green tablecloth with a dupioni-type texture. $10 later, I was in business!
The pattern, given to me by the lovely Ruthie, was very straightforward. The tulip shape is easily made with princess seams down the front and back plus a yoke that helps camouflage a variety of sins (muffin tops represent!). I was surprised that when this pattern said "Easy to Sew!" on the front that it wasn't full of lies (I'm usually very skeptical when they say these type of things).
I'm excited to pair this skirt with my Donegal tweed cape (bought on my first trip to Ireland; I'm lounging on it in the top photo!) or with my navy suit jacket when I'm job hunting this spring! I'm pumped to wear this on our (belated) Saint Patrick's Day party next week! You know, so I don't get pinched…
What's your favorite Irish custom?