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Snazzy New Yoga Duds and a Quick Refashion

Goodbye tablecloth, hello Lesley Skirt!

Meg 181 I'm just so gosh-darn proud of myself! If I hadn't joined WR, I know it could have been years before I made a piece of clothing that I'll actually wear... and now I think the floodgates have opened!

Admittedly, this is about as simple as it gets in terms of 'dressmaking'. I found this wonderful midweight vintage circular tablecloth at an thrift-shop the other week and could immediately see its skirt potential, despite a few nasty stains and relatively steep pricetag (AUD $15!!)

I was wondering how I'd go about making a skirt with it, having no drafting experience or patterns on hand, when the BurdaStyle update hit my inbox with the FREE LESLEY PATTERN. Hurrah!!!!

Given that I had a pre-cut, pre-hemmed circle to work with, half the work was already done. I simply took my waist-measurements (gulp), cut an inner circle, and made sure that the stains would be covered by overlap.

I took more shortcuts, too. Instead of making a waistband, I simply covered the raw edge at the top with twill tape sewn to both sides. It works perfectly and fits the D-rings! I also used velcro instead of a press-stud to secure the wrap underneath - partly because I had some in my stash, and partly because it gives me a bit more room to move the skirt in or out, depending on mood and, ahem, body fluctuations.

The great thing is, I love it, and I'm already wearing it. It's almost Winter here, but the midweight teamed with stockings and boots works well, and I know it'll be great for summer too.