I’ve had a small pile of fabric set aside for the last three months. In that stack was:
- two thrifted pillowcases in a lovely pink, yellow, and aqua stripe
- a roll of polka-dot grosgrain ribbon in dark brown and aqua
- my grandmother’s tablecloth, white with a yellow, pink, and aqua floral border
These were to be the ingredients for a wraparound skirt a la Green Sewing. I was in love with the way the fabrics looked with each other, and I daydreamed about putting them together into a skirt that was pretty, resourceful, and reminded me of my grandma.
Fast-forward to tonight, when I was finally ready to cut into the precious tablecloth. I read the materials list in the book. Now, you might be thinking that this is a step I should have taken three months ago when I first got my heart set on this project. And you’d be correct. Had I done so, I’d have known right from the start that there was not enough fabric in that tablecloth to make a wrap skirt.
What a bummer. I had really loved how all of those fabrics worked together.
Still, I didn’t want to give up on the idea of repurposing the tablecloth, so I turned to my trusty elastic-waist skirt pattern and made the same thing I always do. There’s a reason I always fall back on this pattern, I guess – it works for me. I like it a lot. And with enough different fabrics, it doesn’t have to look like the same skirt on repeat.
I like how the floral pattern begins to creep up the sides at the seams. It’s a nice effect, I think.
I plan to enjoy wearing my grandmother’s tablecloth – I only wish I had more of her linens to play with. There’s something special about using materials that have a history. While I don’t specifically remember this tablecloth, I do know that this is the style she used to have at the kiddie table. All of the little stains I bleached away tonight were probably courtesy of my cousins, my siblings, myself, and countless bowls of grandma-made spaghetti.
I love that.