Well, we didn’t actually go anywhere, but I feel like I had a
nice week’s vacation . . . our fourteen year old granddaughter
came to visit for four days and we really packed . . .
those days full.
She wanted to sew a skirt while she visited—with my help–and
not just any old skirt, but an up-to-date *tulle* skirt. Just about
as soon as her feet hit the airport, we were off to JoAnn Fabric
Store and bought 16 yards of tulle! Yes, 16 yards of “ivory” tulle.
Whew! this will be a project all right I thought.
And while she was looking at sale fabric she found a piece of
maroon sort-of-twill fabric and a sensational print featuring
Aubrey Hepburn movies!
That night we watched my copy of “Sense and Sensibility” with
Hugh Grant. Well, he wasn’t actually sitting on the sofa with us,
he was starring in the movie . . .
The next morning before starting the tulle, we looked through
my fabric stash in the basement. She made a tall stack of fabrics
she loved–by this time she had patterns in mind: circle skirt,
pencil skirt, and what we called a dirndl skirt . . .and pretty firm
about wanting to sew a zipper.
Common sense told us we couldn’t make up all those fabrics in
just four days, and she whittled the stack down to a more
reasonable dozen (!)
Since she was going to be doing “all the work” we started on an
easy pattern Simplicity 2286–the “dirndl” skirt. Oh, we know
it’s not really a dirndl, but that’s what we called it. One little
problem was that it was a “Learn to Sew” pattern–not necessarily
an “easy” pattern. Too much detail! She just wanted to sew seams.
We adapted and sewed (three dirndls!)
She was itching to get to our favorite fabric—the Paris print–see
And using a McCall’s costume pattern—a poodle skirt from the
1950s, we shortened it a mile and made a darling circle skirt:
Having practiced enough, we tackled the tulle skirt–using
a pattern she had found online—we cut into the 16 yards
of ivory tulle—exciting. And not too hard because you
make 8 layers–into 4 layers and attach an elastic waistband.
She substituted an ivory satin ribbon, making a small slit in
the back of the skirt to allow for stepping in, and tying with
a big bow. Cute!
In the meantime, there was a family get-together for swimming
and pizza and cousin bonding and another movie–my personal
favorite “Shop Around the Corner!”
And back to work we went—polishing off a “15 minute tube skirt”
from an online pattern—a cute little red and white plaid with a
f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s elastic waistband of red dots!!
(It actually took
16 minutes . . .)
The next skirt was a riot. She had seen a piece of fabric in
the basement stash which actually was a leftover damask
beige piece from a drapery project. But, good eye, she
reversed it and the satin-y side made a pretty good circle
Well, to make a long story short, (too late!) she did make that
maroon fabric into a pencil skirt with a zipper–and in the end there were EIGHT new skirts!
Add in two more classic movies: the original “Rebecca” with
Joan Fontaine and “City Lights” with Charlie Chaplin—plus
three meals out—–pretty good vacation for four days!