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.