Anyway, not wanting some fugly ironing board cover, I went to Ikea and found a cute one for $5. It unfortunately didn't fit my board. :( Still, I held on to the fabric because it was so pretty and I figured I could make a skirt out of it. So I did!
Actually, I made a dress. :)
Ahhhh, it's so Springtime, isn't it? Unfortunately, it's not warm enough to wear on its own just yet, but some tights and a little cardigan make it perfect! The top is made from the same jersey as this epic fail. It's a very, very bright yellow cotton jersey. In fact, this is the wrong side of the fabric if that gives you an idea of just how briiiiiiiiight the fabric actually is!
I just made a basic tank top and stitched it to the wide elastic. I found this explanation from PresserFoot to be very helpful. Actually, that whole tutorial is just wonderful and sooooo cute. I love those gals!
The ruffles are made from black hem tape and flat lace that I scored at a thrift store (there has to be at least 10 yards and I got it all for 50 cents!). I just gathered them and sewed them down.
Here's a closeup of the skirt/ironing board fabric (click picture to enlarge).
I'm not 100% happy with my raw edge binding. I figured it would look cleaner than it does, but it just looks a little too "casual" (read: sloppy-pants!). I think a happy medium for my laziness would be to enclose the raw edge of the binding to the outside of the tank top so that it's all pretty, but leave the edge raw on the inside. Hooray lazy!
Lastly, I just have to show you guys this last picture. It's an outtake because my triceps muscle is so bulging! At least to me.... I've had weensy little arms my whole life so to have any muscles at all is totally new to me. :)