It started to rain again, late Saturday night and rained throughout the night. It was still raining when I woke up this morning and it rained into the afternoon. There was a break in the evening and I went to the garage to start the car, since I haven't driven it since Thursday. It started without any problems! Then, it started raining again later in the evening and it is still raining! We are supposed to have more rain, tomorrow.
Today, I "renewed" my half-slips or underskirts as I grew up calling them. These are the ones I wear with my skirts and dresses, not the ones I wear with my saris. I can't quite remember when I bought these half-slips, but it has been several years. Long enough for me to have renewed the elastic of one of them, already.
I used a packet of elastic I had bought some time in 2015; I can't remember how much I paid for it, but I am pretty sure I bought it on sale and I don't think I paid more than $2 per packet. I do remember I bought several packets of varying widths:
I measured out a length of elastic a few inches less than my current waist measurement and sewed it to the waists of the underskirts, stretching the elastic as I sewed:
|The Wrong Side, Showing the Elastic Sewn in Place|
I didn't have black elastic for the black underskirts, but that didn't worry me. I wasn't going to buy black elastic just for this particular project. Besides, the white elastic doesn't show on the right side:
|The Right Side|
|Underskirts, Ready to be Put Away|
So, I guess the big question is why didn't I just buy some new half-slips. After all, these are already several years old. Well, there are several reasons. One, there's nothing wrong with the slips, except the elastic had got stretched out. They still fit me, the fabric is fine, not torn or stained. Two, I couldn't donate them as they were, all stretched out, I didn't want to recycle them to make anything else out of them, and I certainly didn't want to toss them in the trash to be dumped in the landfill (not at all an environmentally friendly thing to do, in my opinion).
And finally, perhaps the most important reason for me: renewing them is the frugal, thrifty thing to do! I looked up the label on one of the underskirts and checked the price for it on-line at the store from which I bought them. They are selling for $7.99 each. A different brand is selling for $17 each. Instead, I was able to renew all five of my underskirts for the price of a packet of elastic, electricity to run my sewing machine, and a couple of hours of my time. Yes, I can afford to spend $7.99 on an underskirt. But I'd rather save that money or spend it on something else (like more elastic!) instead! In the meantime, my renewed underskirts will last me at least another year or two.
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for Monday?