Thank you, if you commented on my last post, emailed me, or posted on Facebook. It meant a lot to me.
In flipping through the (many) skirts hanging in my closet this weekend, I realized that they were all in happy floral quilting cottons, funky thrifted bedsheets, or silly novelty fabrics. Nothing really struck me as funeral-appropriate.
While I could have gone out and bought myself a black skirt, I thought that maybe my first stop should be the fabric shop. So many of the conversations I had with my grandmother over the last few years were centered around needlework – crafts that I’d picked up relatively recently but that she had been doing for a lifetime. I like to think she’d have been amused that I made my own skirt for this.
At the fabric shop I found this plaid cotton/polyester blend. Every time I see a fabric like this, it reminds me of one of my grandfather’s suits. (I don’t know for a fact that he had a suit like this – my search for photographic evidence came up empty, but my memory says it’s true and that’s good enough for me.) So of course my mind was easily made up and I brought a few yards of it home.
I’m very pleased with the results. It’s good to have a dressier skirt at my disposal. And one of the coolest things about it is that I used my wrap skirt pattern (the one that’s available in the download shop) and didn’t have to fiddle with zippers or anything fancy like that.
My usual method of wearing a wrap is to have the flap in front. That didn’t look right to me this time, so I put it on with the flap in back, and from many angles you can’t even tell that it’s not a traditional fitted skirt with a zipper.
It’s nice to know that my pattern works on fabrics other than designer quilting cottons and old sheets.
I was pretty lucky in the grandparent department, I must say. I had all four of them until I was twenty years old, and here it is twenty years after that, when I say goodbye to the last one. I don’t know many people who reach (almost) 40 years old and still have grandparents in their lives.
I hope that my own kids are that lucky!