the Scarlett O’Hara Principle

This past summer, I created an apron and purse ensemble that adheres to the Scarlett O’Hara principle of reinventing vintage drapery into clothing and accessories. I started out with two different panels, but had to call in a third to add additional ruffling to cover up a catastrophe of badly sewn top stitching. The Melanie purse is petite and charming, like its Gone With the Wind namesake. The corner buttons are vintage, too, and the prettiest pink, my favorite color. 

I’d been saving this creation to wear at my April book signings, but today was warm like spring, so I tied it on and with Melanie in hand, took a walk…more of a saunter, really. It was a glorious day to debut a new apron. Now, to design a new pretty to tie on when spring truly does arrive!

Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. So,,,was the curtain fabric…Bark Cloth???? my altime favorite mid-century fabric…..that is, next to Pebble Cloth which is simular in weave but liter in weight…..
    The apron is Adorable! as is the purse….
    I love the idea of re-purposing & my dear you did a great job….enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

  2. Vintage fabric – yet another weakness. Especially curtain panels. So much fabric to reuse! But none used in the Scarlett ensemble is bark nor pebble. Rather, the body of the apron is a polished cotton of sorts, while the bottom finish ruffle is sewn of cotton so soft, I have to figure the homemaker laundered this curtain panel many, many times.

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