frugal skirt in the eleventh hour

sarong skirtMother’s group last week was a Melbourne Cup luncheon. Great food, champagne, chatting, oh and babies. And dressing up.

It’s the dressing up part that had me. Since the little fella arrived, I’ve only bought a pair of jeans and a couple of t-shirts. I just don’t have the budget for frivolous dress purchases. Especially not for a single luncheon. And did I mention I hate wearing dresses?

I wandered round the shops aimless and frustrated the afternoon before, but without success:

Shop Keeper: Can I help you?

Me: I’m looking for a dress in a size 16 that makes me look like a size 8.

Shop Keeper: I’m sorry, we sold out of those last week.

I came home empty handed and it looked I was to wear the old jeans and t-shirt. At the last minute (ok, the night before) I remembered a sarong that was just waiting for some attention and I decided to turn it into a skirt. My first ever attempt at a wearable garment.

I used one of the tutorials from the skirt tutorial roundup as a guide: a ruffled skirt. Obviously I changed the pattern – no ruffle on mine. And my skirt is longer. Also, I didn’t bother making a pattern, just measured my hips, marked the fabric with a biro, ruled a line using a plank of wood (didn’t have a ruler long enough), cut and sewed the seam. The good thing about using the sarong is that there was no need to hem, I just used the tassels as the hem line.

When I went shopping, I was looking at skirts and dresses $40 and upwards. The sarong I used to make my skirt was given to my mother, who gave it to me thinking that I could use it. In other words: free. No pattern needed, so more money saved there, and the elastic was an old piece from my grandmother’s sewing stash that I inherited, so probably over 20 years old. A new skirt, no money down. And it only took 1 1/2 hours to make.

Now, I’m not going to win any prizes for best dressed. But I get to wear something other than jeans, without spending money we don’t have (a new skirt would have had to go on the credit card). I improved my sewing skills and my sewing confidence, and finally made something to wear, which has been on my to do list for a very long time. And I have the satisfaction of saying “oh this old thing, I just whipped it up one night.” Buying would have set us back, making my own has given me so much more than just a skirt to wear to a luncheon. And that is why we’re frugal and thriving.

Comments

  1. says

    Bravo! and well done. I’m no tthe best sewer in the world, but skirts are the main success story in my life. I use to make some of my children’s clothes with easily, but grown up clothes have always been a hassle. I still have a couple of pieces of bargain material in my cupboard which when made up make the garment an even bigger bargain. Your skirt looks great and no hem – bonus.

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