The “Dynamic Doilies” Skirt
- Fabric: made-by-me teal dress that just…didn’t…work; thrifted doilies
- Pattern: none
- Year: 1930-1980 meets 2012
- Notions: thread, shortened invisible zipper from dress
- Time to complete: 5 hours
- First worn: July 8, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: <$10
Take one dress that was a little too big and had sleeves that fell at just the wrong place… (Give me a break here, ladies–it was only the second or third dress I ever made.)
Cut off the top, fold the midriff down to make a waistband (add interfacing for structure), cut a few inches off the hem. Add a bunch of old doilies dyed various shades of teal (different fiber content in the doilies accounts for the different shades).
Great for those who love hand sewing and reclaiming the forgotten and discarded handwork of generations of women.
While thinking about a place to take photos, my husband and I realized REO Town (pronounced Ree-o Town) would be perfect. Mostly just because the sign has gears and my doilies sort of look like gears.
This sign marks the spot that R. E. Olds began producing automobiles. It was Ransom E. Olds (not Henry Ford) who is credited with producing the first car using an assembly line, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash in 1901. Henry Ford rightly gets the credit for streamlining and perfecting the assembly line process at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, which would help to make Detroit the world leader in car production, but it all truly began in the state capital of Lansing. You’re welcome, world. ;)