Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recycled Circle Skirt

We paint a lot in our house.  And while this mama is very good at remembering to put smocks on the children, she is not always very good at remembering to cover up her own clothing before the paint starts a-flyin'.  

So - my most favorite white skirt met Mister Purple Paint in a most tragic way.
And this happened...

and in spite of my best stain-fighting efforts,  the blotch remained.  Actually, there are 2, see the little one a little higher up?  Yes - I really should have been wearing an apron.

Ah well.

As I said, it's one of my favorite skirts, so I just couldn't toss it, or even cut into it... I needed to rescue it because I wasn't done wearing it by a long shot.  (I keep clothing a long time!!  I have a favorite Indian print skirt that I've been wearing since high school - and I fully intend to wear it at my funeral...when I'm 106.)

So, as I said, I refused to toss it, or even cut into it to recycle the fabric in some other way...

But Mike's old shirts?  

THOSE I can cut into with no guilt, and no problem at all!! I pulled out my rotary and started cutting circles.

and then I ironed them onto my skirt with fusible interfacing...

and then...

...I discovered that I could still see the paint splotch through the shirting fabric.  
<frowns and crinkles forehead>

BACK to the old ironing board!!!
(and cutting board - because I needed more circles, and this time preferably not see-through ones).
Then to my sewing machine, to sew around the circle's edges.  I am getting pretty good at the zig-zag stitch, I must say!    I don't have a close-up of the stitching, so you'll just have to trust me.  

and then (finally!)  TA-DAH!!

I have a new skirt!!!

I put it on, and trudged the kids off to the library ( I was determined to make it there on time for the first time in my life.  A "No Fine" Library visit.  More rare than a unicorn sighting...

And - what was the first thing another mother said to me when we entered the children's book room?

"I love that skirt!"

made my whole day

thank you - other mother!  I love it too!


  1. Crystal - You are so clever, even tho' one of Mike's shirts had to give up it's life for you. That skirt is even cuter than all white. Bring your sewing machine.......I have this pair of pants, and a shirt...........We'll talk.
    Love Mom

  2. I love the skirt better with the 2nd round of circles added on! That is super cute. As my mom always says...if Plan A doesn't work, go to Plan B. If Plan B doesn't work, there is always Plan C! And so on and so forth.
    Great job...you can still wear it with pretty much anything!

  3. @jawsie
    Hi - thanks for stopping by! I have to say - I've worn it more with the circles lately, then I did all last summer when it was plain white. I guess I'm a little less afraid to get it dirty now :)

  4. I'm glad those first patches turned out to be see-through, because I think it looks even better with a dash more color.

    Great crafty save!


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