Inspired by the crafty lot who refashion out of op shop finds, I've been scouring the local Vinnies and Salvos to see if I too can be adventurous and thrify.
Found this double bed doona cover for $3.75 at the Smith Family and thought, hm... could be a skirt?
The whitish blotch is a camera error. The fabric itself is unstained and not old and cacky. Probably not a well loved doona cover by the look of it. Maybe one of those bedroom updates that don't really work and then it gets stuck in a cupboard for a millennia.
Anyway, the fabric itself is a mauve, then has a ribbon trim and a shot 'silk' border of blue/mauve.
Better detail may be seen here
So I wondered if I should use the concept of this pattern (a current work in progress)
I didnt have to do any piecing on this at all. Just turned up the bottom section and sewed it down using the ribbon to hide the seams.
Put in a zip, gather it up, chuck on a waistband. Not that you need a guide on how to do this, but I did read Gertie's tutorials for a bit of guidance. My fabric wasn't as wide, and I preferred to stop the zip where the waistband joins and close with a button. I thought Gertie's instruction of one inch of ease in the waistband would be too loose, so of course I only gave 1 centimetre and - its a little tight ! Maybe somewhere in between next time ?
Of course the zip and buttons came from my stash so the only outlay was the fabric. Not a bad skirt for $3.75 ! I'm wondering if I need to do anything with the fabric that's left over. There's a whole side left of the plain mauve colour. Suggestions?
PS - hubbie came home in time to take the pic otherwise this would have been the final shot !