The “Easy Way Out” Skirt
Fabric: Cotton round tablecloth from Treasure Island Flea Market – $15
Notions: Elastic, fabric dye – $4.50
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$19.50
First, a disclaimer: I didn't make the top. I've had it in my closet for years and (gasp) it's not vintage. It's from Forever 21. I believe this is the first non-Mena made item that has ever appeared as part of a weekly creation. I just didn't have a top in me this week and I totally forgive myself for this.
Considering how I pride myself on my thriftiness, it's kind of crazy that one of my most expensive creations from this year is this simple cotton skirt. Perhaps I would have been a bit more frugal if I wasn't down to the wire with this week's challenge. It wasn't until this morning — when I visited the Treasure Island Flea Market and bought this tablecloth – that I had the fabric for the skirt. My other two garments for this upcycling challenge were a bust: the first was an empire waisted 1960s dress made out of curtains that was just way to unflattering for my figure; the second was a circle skirt from a banquet table cloth that just was too synthetic-looking. After these failures, I knew that I had to keep it simple.
I arrived at the flea market early this morning with one goal: find a round table cloth. There weren't a lot of options so when I found a white tablecloth with a darling eyelet/lace/cutout edge, I knew that I was going to buy the thing regardless of the cost.
Yes, this skirt started out as a white tablecloth. Because I can never just keep things simple, I decided to dye the thing yellow. While I'm happy with the final color, it's a bit spotty in places where the dye didn't absorb completely. I blame myself since I kept the skirt in the dye bath for about a minute rather than the half hour the instructions called for. Since I hadn't diluted the color enough my test pieces were orange instead of yellow. Instead of just adding more water, I reduced the time. In the future, I'll remember to keep the color lighter and keep the fabric for the recommended time. You live and learn. But really, it's pretty subtle and you wouldn't notice the inconsistencies unless I pointed them out.
Like I just did.
As far as keeping it simple, I did take the easy way out when it came to sewing the skirt (what a suprise!). I couldn't find a zipper in my stash that was the right color and length so I decided to give the skirt an elastic waistband. You can't see the waistband in the pictures since I'm wearing the brown belt.
"Belt Hacks." That's going to be my autobiography's title.
See the necklace I'm wearing? It's actually a charm bracelet I bought on Etsy this week for $12. I have the most difficult time finding necklaces I like but have no problem finding bracelets. The solution? I attach a gold chain to the bracelet to extend it. Voila! Instant charm necklace!