Ok, so I do like to find a good bargain, and when I saw this cotton/linen fabric in the clearance section of the fabric store for $3/metre, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I immediately thought it would make a nice skirt for summer! I did have a moment of panic when the nice lady at the counter asked me what I was going to make and when I told her I was planning on a skirt she gave me a really funny “are you joking?” kind of look. So then all my sewing insecurities came rushing out and I started to wonder just what about this fabric would make a bad skirt (is it a bad material? an awful colour? is it too see-through for a skirt? Argh! Why do these friendly ladies always make me feel like I don’t know what I am doing?) I brought it home anyway and thought “well, maybe there is something else I could use it for. Several months later, in a much more confident mood, I decided that the ladies in the store don’t know what they are talking about and that it is perfect for the skirt I want to make. It is a little see-through, so I grabbed some pink fabric I had and made a lining while I made the skirt. I used this book: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Sew-What-Skirts-Simple-Styles-Francesca-DenHartog/9781580176255-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%2527sew+what+skirts%2527 which I have owned for awhile but hadn’t used yet. Ok, so there were a few bumps along the way – the lining fabric I used was too stiff and after sewing everything together AND hemming it I decided I didn’t like the way it stood straight out like a bell all around me – lol! So…out came the hemming stitches. Then I thought perhaps it didn’t need the lining after all, but one quick trip into the sunlight with the skirt on and my mother-in-law let me know that indeed I did need something under it! Luckily she has lots of sewing experience and advised me to make the side seems on the lining straighter, so that it doesn’t poof out the rest of the skirt. Then it was back to hemming and then, voila! The $3 skirt!