Pillow(case) Talk

Alternate view of peplum top made with blue, green, and purple vintage fabricThis week while I was sweltering in 90-degree weather I decided I wanted to make a new tank top. Specifically, this cute Peplum Top from the good people at Peppermint Magazine.

This pattern calls for a yard and a half of 60-inch fabric, which I struggled to find anywhere in my stash, until I realized … that stack of vintage sheets that has been out-of-sight, and sadly out-of-mind, would work nicely.

I have a flowerly, feminine side for sure, but perhaps not this boldly retro AND flowery. I think ‘The Current State of Things’ is inspiring me to adopt a new uninhibited sense of style. If I can essentially tune in to work wearing my pajamas and other questionable outfits, why can’t I wear 1960s bed linens as everyday clothing? I’m casting aside my previous rules of decorum and fashion boundaries.

In this spirit, and with an itch to sew clothes this week, I made the peplum top and a half-circle skirt. The sheet for the top was likely scored at a thrift shop a few years ago for no more than $2. The sheet for the skirt was passed on to me by dear family friends who had decided to “upgrade” their bed linens.

The top came out well except it was a bit short – I would almost call it a crop top since I have to wear high-waisted bottoms with it. Otherwise it’s comfy and well-fitting. Caveat: I did not make the size recommended for my bust size, because I decided that would be too much ease. I went down a size instead.

Half-circle skirt in lime and yellow sheet fabricThe half circle skirt was made according to this handy-dandy calculator. If you’ve never made a circle skirt, then I think you need to whip up one now, at least for the satisfaction of making something terrific in approximately 45 minutes. Today’s windy weather, though, reminded me that circle skirts make you vulnerable to the Marilyn Monroe effect, so watch yourself out there, and wear modest undies. Unless you have also decided to change your rules of fashion decorum! (No judgment here!) Either way, upcycled bed sheet clothes are fun to wear.