Hot! The Curtains Called My Name – Skirt

My UFO was from the Upcycling Project from last year. I have to say it was the Sew Weekly ladies who opened me up to a whole new world of textiles. I was lamenting the lack of decent vintage fabric that is affordable in Australia. A lovely person suggested I used bed sheets and curtains. Well – thanks for that – I think! Since them I see sexy table cloths, duvet covers, curtains, even napkins – just calling my name – everywhere.

I had to snap this rather 80’s looking pair of curtains because I like those colours. I wear burgundy and kelly green and it’s a rose print – win!

I used my go-to circular pattern – McCalls 9400 from the Fifties. Omitting the box pleat at the front (and the entire top of the dress).

The photo shoot was a trial. I was up against a dis-interested photographer husband (in the middle of about five other projects) and the children were no help at all. I had to learn to use the auto timer – which was tedious but got me there by the time the wind got up and the sun went down.

The skirt was very simple and should not have abandoned on the floor for so many months! Even so, I still managed to stuff up the waistband at the back – doing a very amatuerish lap on the top, instead of neatly hidden underneath. S’ok.

The Facts
⁃ Fabric Thrifted Vintage Cotton Curtain – $14?
⁃ Pattern: McCalls 9400 again, I know – gotta stop
⁃ Year: Circa 1950’s
⁃ Notions: A zip, interfacing and button from the stash
⁃ Time to complete: Three hours
⁃ First worn: For the photos
⁃ Wear again? Yes – in Autumn – fabric’s a bit heavy for the Australian summer and the colours are too sombre
⁃ Total price: $15

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. Great colours Trish and know what you mean about never seeing domestic textiles in the same way again!

  2. Lovely print! I have a few sheets hoarded away but not actually used them yet!

  3. Very nice indeed, and the colours work so well with your accessories. It doesn’t make me think of ’80s curtains at all; were they homemade curtains from fashion fabric?
    I tried to put a duvet cover in my fabric pile the other day because it is soooo beautiful: various shades of blue batik. But my man saw it and pointed out that there was only the tiniest rip, and it could be easily repaired and used as a duvet cover for years to come…..damn it.

  4. Gorgeous skirt! I never would have picked that the print was from the 80’s, it looks fantastic as a skirt. :-)

    I hear you about the disinterested partner for photos. Argh! I often wish there was another stitching girl nearby, so we could have weekend get-togethers and take photos. One of these days I’ll give in and just figure out how to do it all myself….. *sigh*

  5. What a good idea! I have a couple of my grandmothers sheets. mmm- next time I have the urge to sew and no fabric this will save me a trip to the shops and I will end up with a special dress. Excellent!

  6. Such an elegant pattern and the fabric drapes beautifully.

    I’ve found a tripod can be your best friend when you want to avoid extra commentary lol

  7. Your fabric is lovely, and it looks fantastic as a skirt!