I buy vintage tablecloths whenever they are cheap and somewhat cute and then I just sit on them knowing that SOME day I will find a good use for them.
Remember the tablecloth I cut up for my Grandparents hometown sesquicentennial party??? I had the pleasure of using those again at the 4th... only this time Anaïs got to wear the baby dress and Julliette got to wear Amélie's. It was so cute and devastatingly heartwarming to be able to use them again.
Months ago I found this "pin" of jeans cut off with fabric attached to make a skirt-- I don't even think I pinned it, I just thought, "I HAVE to do that!"
And then I got a bur up my butt (on the day of my BIL's birthday party no less) and decided to "throw" together matching skirts for my girls. They are terribly made yet terribly cute and my sweet babes are so gracious and excited to wear anything their Momma makes them.
I won't bore you with technical sewing details because there aren't any. As usual I adopted my policy of "fake it 'til you make it." And I done made me some cute skirts.
Here's my killer directions...
I took two old pairs of jeans, cut them at the butt, just above the crotch. (The photo looks like I cut them lower but I cut higher after I took the photo). I took the tablecloth and measured from the length of the freshly cut jeans to just at the girl's ankles and cut accordingly then sewed the ends together. I basted the top of the cut tablecloth and then pulled the thread to gather the fabric a bit. Right sides together... et voila!
I hate to pass up the chance to use the salvage edge of fabric. It saves so much time.
These little babies have character.
Little holes in the fabric and everything.
They aren't Momma's personal style but I may just have to make myself one.