Did you know that you can grow a rainbow? At wicked tulip farm in Johnston, RI you can witness a scene right out of a Dutch dream. The flowers are bright with personality, each one a floral snowflake. Last week we grabbed tickets & drove down from Boston for a day trip adventure. If you decide to go, make sure you buy tickets early in the season and ahead of time (there was a line at t he door before it opened even for those that HAD bought them in advance). We bought tickets a week in advance and it was sold out at the door when we arrived. Best kept secret? Perhaps not. Definitely a popular spot for couples and children, as the photo ops are plentiful.
I wore my thrifted and upcycled skirt with tights, because as any New Englanders knows – spring is NOT warm. However, the bright colors and the fields of tulips gave us hope that spring was here. Hopefully with these bright colors to warm our eyes the weather would soon follow. However, this post is NOT about my frustration with spring but rather how easy it is to bring life to an old skirt. This thrifted gem was a long midi skirt that with less than an hour I transformed into a cherished summer essential. Directions below —
Long old skirt (mine is cotton) that fits around the waist
A sewing machine
- Go to the thrift store or back of your closet and find a skirt that fits at the waist but is quite long. My skirt was mid-calf length when I purchased it and now (after this DIY!) it hits slightly above the knee.
- Using some scissors cut your skirt to the desired length + ~ 1″ (for hemming). Save this “scrap” fabric and set aside. Now, pin and sew the edge of your skirt. Viola – if you don’t want to add a sash you can stop here.
- If you want to add the sash, now is the time to grab that remaining fabric. Your remaining fabric should be a circle. On the hem (where the fabric meets in a seam) cut to make one long strip. My strip was about 8-10″ in width, which means that my sash is ~4-5″ (about half) thick. If you need to, trim excess fabric.
- Fold the strip in half hot dog bun style (or on the width for those non-girl scouts), press, pin and sew. Using your fingers turn the stripe right side out and press. Finish ends.
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