My “I REALLY need this skirt! skirt

The Facts

Fabric: Black cotton gabardine from stash
Pattern: Simplicity 4013
Year: 1950′s
Notions: 1 zipper & interfacing from stash
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: July 2012
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: Free, free, free!

If the theme for the week is reality then let’s also be honest. What do I REALLY need? REALLY? Not a whole lot. My grandmother always said that you really only need 2 skirts, 2 shirts, a jacket, a coat and a nice dress. That’s it. That was also before women “could” wear pants in public and (gasp!) to work.

So when I looked at my closet, and I DID clean it up and out this week, I needed very little. I thought a couple more skirts for summer since I’ve really loved the few I’ve made for challenges and they do well on the bike : ) I actually had three cut out, and since each one takes less than 2 hours to do why not?

Then I got a phone call. One of my friends, who was elderly and not in the best health, had died. She had lived a long, full life and while not unexpected it was still a momentary shock. When I started out designing shows in this area she was one of the first people to welcome me, literally with a big hug, and became an honorary grandmother to my daughter. We worked in the same community but were never “rivals”. And now I need something to wear to the church services. I wanted it to be appropriate but still keep some “spark” because that’s what Barbara deserves.

It really did take less than 2 hours to make this but hey, after last week it was nice to have a little break : ) I was going to make the straight across high waisted version but just as I went to put the facings in I thought why not do that scallop edge? I did and  I love it. I decided to pair it with the blouse I made for the Mix-it-up outfit for several reasons, the most important is I love the shirt; the fabric was really nice cotton from Stone Mountain Daughter, it’s red and today was 102 out. Can’t you FEEL the heat coming off these pics?

I grabbed a parasol in an attempt to keep the worst of the sun off but we were outside for about 8 minutes and then beat it back to the air conditioned car.

We attempted going down to one of the parks in town to see if being down by the creek would cool us off.

The trees were lovely but it was still just too hot. Such is the reality of summer : ) I did get to wear one of my favorite bracelets, I have a hard time putting it on myself so it sits in my drawer most of the time. It’s made from a few of the miscellaneous buttons we all can’t get rid of.

Hats and lips, faces and cards, dice and vintage bakelite ball buttons, they all make me smile : )

I also decided that the reality of my sewing room was just getting too close to getting me on “Hoarders” so I pulled everything out to scrub, paint and reorganize, which is why only one skirt got made. That’s ok, it was the most important one.

Just a glimpse of what’s to come…

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