Hot! The “Refashioning for Dr Seuss, he speaks for the trees” Skirt

I was taking a week off, I was going to get well,

To try to recuperate, but try not to smell.

I would NOT touch the stash or the patterns or pinnings,

I would NOT sew at all, no more finishing, no beginnings.

I was watching some movies they said would win Oscars,

When there under my nose, I noticed some hair fuzz.

It wasn’t the downy kind sorted by waxing,

It was yellow and bushy. Stroking felt quite relaxing.

I puzzled and puzzled what this face fluff could mean.

I puzzled and puzzled till my ears they did steam.

When out of a window I heard Grickle Grass whisper,

“Remember, remember someone’s birthday, dear sister”!

“A birthday?” I thought, “no-one’s birthday is near”.

For a pig of the Moon helps me keep that all clear!

But I looked at my calendar and I saw what they meant,

On March of the Second = special day, special gent.

On 2nd of March in Nineteen O’ Four,

Dr Seuss, he was born; it’s the truth not some lore.

So all cross the nation, lots of children will party.

There’ll be funny costumes, some may even be arty.

And all cross the nation, children, they say

Will read books for Read Across America Day.

(And high on the top of a Mount they call Crumpit,

The no noise, noise, noise, noise will make a Green one quite content).

So my moustache and Grass talking was truly a sign,

Not that I need treatment or had drunk too much wine….

But I knew in my heart what now I must do,

But being from England, I first made a brew,

(For though not every one in the world can believe it,

Tea sorts out all problems, puffy eyes and some small zits).

The Sew Weekly Challenge this week said “Refashion!”

So I’d cut and repurpose with a Seussical passion.

(Yes, the wonky sewing and fraying edges are deliberate, it's silly)

I went to the thrift store and I bought me some trousers,

And to find me a plan I used internet browsers!

(I did not like the ‘pants’ as they came, I did not like them in the rain,

Not in a box, not with a fox, not in a house, not with a mouse.

I did not like these ‘pants’ at all,

I did not like them James McCall).

So I typed into Google, ‘refashion ideas’,

And back came an answer that calmed all my fears.

For refashioning is hip, not some thing from the past,

Some thing fun to be doing to help our world last!

Google found me again, the Sistahs of Harlem,

Who I’d seen on Threadbanger, their ideas are just awesome.

And then I remembered that once in my Library,

I seen Denim Mania, their book, so I scurried…

And I booked out that book and checked out their ideas,

And I changed trousers to skirt with some frills and some tiers.

And with Dr Seuss scraps that I had in my stash,

I fashioned some godets, then stroked my moustache.

For the skirt it was finished, so t’was time to take pictures,

But then, please Miss Mena believe me, fate screwed up my mixture,

For the skirt it was sewn and all I needed was my tog,

So I picked her up from school with a jiggity jog.

But there in the park lot, a lady, not looking,

Reversed into my car, dented it, made me sad…which doesn’t even rhyme with ‘king :(

And though no-one was hurt, I made me quite wobbly,

So I missed midnight Monday’s deadline quite sobbily,

So here is my posting, about skirt, car crash and all,

Though luckily the dent on my car is quite small,

And I still have my moustache as in pics you can see…

Which I’ll wear on March second and perhaps even March three,

And the kids in my 3rd Grade reading group will all love the skirt

(Well they’d better by gum, or my feelings’ll be hurt).

So here endeth my story of Grass whisperings, cuttings and sewings,

No more rhymings and ramblings, I really must be goings

But one more thing before I go:

Don’t be a Once-ler, you don’t need that new Thneed,

Listen to the Lorax, upcycling, refashioning is good for the trees!

(eat your heart out J-Lo and Cameron Diaz!)

The Facts

Fabric: Turquoise denim trousers $8.99 (they look hardly worn) from Goodwill thrift store, Cat in the Hat fabric from stash (watch out for more later this year), Grinch t-shirt my own and blinged by me in December 2010, shoes $5.99 from Goodwill thrift store, Moustache my own…..obviously ;)
Patterns: Ideas and inspiration taken from the Sistahs of Harlem and especially their book, Denim Mania: 25 Stylish Ways to Transform Your Jeans
Notions: Nothing but thread
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: 27th February 2012
Wear again? Oh yes. yes, yes, yes! To watch the Lorax and probably quite often when I’m volunteering in school.

Total price: Trousers to Skirt: $8.99



Tempest Devyne is a Brit who loves rain. She was therefore exiled to the deserts of Arizona. She started tentatively sewing about 3 years ago to make her own burlesque costumes. She'd now like to make pretty clothes for herself that don't rely on velcro and poppers to stay on. She's self-taught with help from the internet and lots of books from the library.


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  1. LOOOOVE this post! Your rhyme was sublime and your refashion is smashin!

    • Oh the temptation to rhyme back an answer at you – I tell you, once you get started rhyming it becomes addictive. I’m seriously annoying Thing 1 and Thing 2 (new names for my kids).

  2. I bow to your witty genius, Madam. I bow. :)

  3. What! Those were trousers! I can’t believe it. They look amazing on you – that frill. I want them.

    • It was stupidly easy and loads of fun to make Trish, you should try do it :) In fact I love this skirt so much I think I’m going to find a half decent pair of normal denim jeans in my local thrift stores and make a plain skirt to go with some of my more outlandish tops.

  4. You. Are. Spectacular. Love this post and you’re mustachio! ;)

    • From one person who enjoys nonsense to another:

      “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack” – Dr Seuss.

  5. I so needed this – you have singlehandedly turned around my morning, thankyou!

  6. WONDERFUL!!!! So so glad you didn’t take a break. Your post filled my entertainment quota for the week. Rhymes. Denim. Fashion. The absolute best! The Sew Weekly has its own Poet Laureate! Love-Love-Love it!

    • I’ve just read your comment to Goth Child (my eldest) who read my poem repeatedly saying “Fail” after every bad rhyme I tried to get away with ;) (except when she got to ‘library’ and ‘scurried’ where she just sighed. Ha, non-appreciative teenagers :)

  7. Love it! Those little ones are so lucky to have you!!!

  8. Fantastic, I say, and if any say nay, then tell them to turn round and leave straight away! No gift has ever finer honored Mr. Geisel, and your skirt would hold up to his cunning appraisal. Well done you, Ms. Tempest, well done you indeed, and certainly better than some old ratty Thneed.

    • That is the most wonderful rhyming, made me smile no end :)

      I wish he was still alive to see how much joy kids (and grown-ups) get from his books and the impact he still has on improving literacy (and all the Read Across America Day partying).

  9. Wonderful Wonderful! Fabulous refashioning of both pants and rhyme.

  10. as a childrens’ librarian’s daughter, i am well aware of this special day. but you, my dear lady, have made it fantabulous!

    • Oooh thank you…..fantabulous, that’s a class word, it absobloominglutely is. Thanks for making me smile, by telling me my little bit of madness did the same for you.

  11. Fun stuff and so creative both in fashion and poetry!

  12. Hahahaha what effort! You, and your amazing outfit, are truly fabulous x

  13. A-Maze-ing! I totally love that you did it all in a Seussical fashion and I hope the children all enjoy it and world book day.

  14. WOW! My brain would be mush if I had been sick. But for you, not so. You’re wit is still quick.

    • Thank you :) My kids will tell you that my rhyming abilities (or inabilities lots of the time) come from the fact that I love singing along to songs in the car but most of the time have no idea what the real words to songs are….so I make up lyrics to make them laugh.

  15. That. was. brilliant!

  16. Bravo! Not only does the Lady sew, but she writes poetry as well!

    I adore the outfit, and if you’re third grade reading group doesn’t, they need more fun in their lives.

  17. That was so great!

  18. Brilliant! Trés fantastic and adorable! (the skirt and the rhyme!). I bet your 2nd grade reading group will LOVE it even more than we do!

    Since you are a Dr Seuss & Lorax fan, you might appreciate the Lorax stencil shirt that Steph is making for her DH:

  19. You know how sometimes random somethings make you tear up? Okay, maybe that’s just me. But yeah. Love this.

  20. This is brilliant!! Love it!!! The outfit, the mustache, the tea drinking, the rhyming – fabulous. :-)

  21. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Love your loving tribute.

  22. YESYESYESYESYESYES. To all of it, especially the mustache.