Evie calls this place “The Berrious,” and I’m not sure why. It is a secluded part of the Presidio that not many people pass through, and it has become our secret wonderland. It is a hillside of green grass, encompassed by tall pines and wild daisies, under a picture framed blue sky. It is the most perfect place to lay our blanket in the early evening, when the air is cool and the sun passes over the Mission.
She brought her ponies and unicorns, and I brought a book called, “Anthology of World Poetry“, edited by Mark Van Doren. My mother-in-law, Sherry, gave it to me two Christmases ago. I turned the pages to French poetry and found the most beautiful stanzas of life. I then decided to read to Evie a few Psalms which is listed under Hebrew poetry, and there we stopped at Psalm 8.
THE CHILD READS AN ALMANAC
The child reads on; her basket of eggs stands by.
She sees the weather signs, the Saints with awe,
And she watches the fair houses of the sky:
The Goat, the Bull, the Ram, et cetera.
And so the little peasant maiden knows
That in the constellations we behold,
And markets like the one to which she goes
Where goats and bulls and rams are bought and sold.
She reads about the market in the sky.
She turns a page and sees the Scales and then
Says that in Heaven, as at the grocery,
They weigh salt, coffee and the souls of men.
A little girl with a pony
Paper Scissors & Sheers
Chiffon Fabric (or any sheer woven)
Tissue Paper, Tape, and Pencil (to draw out pattern)
pi : π = 3.14
1. Waist Measurement + 2 = x
2. x / 2π = Radius of Waistband
The Radius of Evie’s Waistband:
19″ + 2 = 21″
21″/ 2π = 3.34 (or about 3 3/8″)
HOW-TO MAKE A FULL-CIRCLE SKIRT
1. Lay out the tissue paper on your cutting mat aligning it to the grids.
2. Take your measuring tape and place the 1″ mark to the corner of the tissue paper. Find the measurement of your radius of the waistband and like a protractor, take your pencil and while the 1″ mark is held in place, create dotted lines across the tissue paper while dragging the measuring tape.
3. Do the same thing with the length of the skirt you’re making + 1/2″ (hem that will be taken under).
4. Cut out your pattern.
5. Take your fabric and fold it in half, and in half again. Place it on your cutting mat so that the folds are on both sides of starting point.
6. Place pattern on top of fabric and pin down.
7. Cut out fabric to pattern.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 if using lining. You can make the length of the lining about 2″ shorter than the chiffon.
9. Pin chiffon to lining, and sew at waist with a 3/8″ seam.
1. For Evie’s waistband, I put elastic in the back half of the waistband (11″). First I took the waist circumference of the skirt I made and used that as the length + 1″ (seam allowance). The thickness of the waistband depends on you. I made Evie’s about 1″. So you would take that 1″(2) + 1″ (seam allowance) = 3″. Evie’s waistband pattern was about 24″ x 3″.
2. Sew together your chiffon to lining on both length edges with a 3/8″ seam.
3. With right sides facing, sew waistband into a circle.
WAISTBAND TO SKIRT
I am not the best seamstress, so ironing, basting, and lots of pins at this point is a lifesaver.
1. Take your skirt and waistband, and with right sides facing each other, pin all the way around.
2. Sew 1/4″ seam together.
3. Take two pins and mark the side seams. The front half of the waistband will be a smaller measurement and it will not have elastic. Evie’s front half measured about 11″. Everything else will be gathered with the waistband.
4. Take your elastic and sew it at one of the side seams (where you marked with a pin) on your waistband.
5. At the raw edge of the waistband, you will fold about 1/4″ under. Sew 1/8″ seam from fold.
6. You will be now closing up the waistband. Fold the waistband in half, and pin so that it is aligned to the front.
7. Top stitch from the outside of the waistband about 1/8″ from edge. When you start getting to the end, leave about 1 1/2″ opening. Pull the elastic until it reaches the other marked side seam. Sew the elastic down to the inside of waistband. Then close it up waistband by sewing the last 1 1/2″ of the waistband.
8. I went back and secured the elastic by making stitches from top of waistband to bottom of waistband at the side seams.
The hem of the chiffon will can be challenging if you don’t iron and pin. There are a couple ways you can do this, but I chose to do a basic hem. I folded 1/4″ under, and another 1/4″ under. Sew with folds faced down about 3/8″ from hem bottom.
The jersey lining will have a raw edge and will not need to be hemmed.