Thursday, July 9, 2015

My Broomstick Skirt

In this very hot summer we are having
  in the Pacific Northwest,
I have been living in my long,
summer broomstick skirts.

Not only are they cool with a simple tee,
but they are perfect country attire
when exposing bare legs is
 just an invitation to lunch for
the many hungry mosquitoes
 and other biting insects
here in the foothills.

A broomstick skirt is defined as:
A full, gathered or pleated skirt
that has characteristic tiny creases
obtained by wetting the skirt
and winding it around
a broomstick to dry.

Here I have designated a little corner
of my kitchen for my
newly washed indigo silk
broomstick skirt.

I simply secured it at the top with an elastic band,
then wrapped a long length of thin ribbon
around, starting at the top and criss-crossing
it on the way down, then tying it in a bow
at the bottom.

Is there anything more delightful than
gathering up field flowers
 in a long, flowy skirt?

A home-made lavender sachet
keeps things sweet.

Crinkled perfection!

Do any of you
have a broomstick skirt?

Wishing you lovely summer days,
Dear Friends,
full of sunshine and flowers!

Thank you for your sweet visits -
I so enjoy every one!

Today I am linking with:

Ivy and Elephants - What's It Wednesday

Rooted in Thyme - Simple & Sweet Fridays

Love Made My Home - Five on Friday

Won't you join the fun?



  1. Well I never knew that was what these sorts of skirts was called! I know about twisting them up to keep/make the creases, but didn't know the name! I have one of these, but it shrank so is too short for me now, but I did love wearing them in the past! Hope they keep the bugs away for you! xx

    1. Hi there! I just realised that I forgot to say thank you for joining in. Sorry! Don't know what came over me! Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend too! xx

  2. Hello, it is a cute skirt. I did not know the name until now. I like your pretty lavender sachet! Have a happy weekend!

  3. Yes, the perfect summer skirt...shaved legs not required, lol. Love that teal chair next to the broom. Lovely.

  4. I used to have two of them..but when I discovered capris, the skirts were given away. They are pretty. Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Wonderful ,dear Karen!
    When I was young, I had one like this too, but now I prefere trousers ;O)
    Wishing you a happy and wonderful weekend, my dear friend,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  6. Hi Karen. I love the way you have incorporated the broomstick skirt as part of your decor as it looks perfect drying in the corner of your beautiful kitchen.. I used to wear these skirts and I loved them. The silk one you have looks lovely. I wish you a wonderful weekend and the very best :)

  7. That is so cute! I have an orange skirt that's very similar, I got it for about $10 at a drug store of all places:)

  8. My fav skirt. Mine is black,grey and goes well with alot of tops. Been looking for another skirt as well but not found one I like. Comfy. Also have an off white eyelet skirt that is comfy.

  9. No, I don't have a broomstick skirt, but if I did, I'd want one that color. It is lovely! So are all the photos you've included. They look very homey and charming. Have a great weekend - and stay cool. :-)

  10. I always wondered, Karen, how all those lovely wrinkly pleats got into a skirt. Now, I know. By the way, love the color of your broomstick skirt.

  11. Why yes, Karen, I do have a couple of broomstick skirts! They are super comfy and perfect for summer.

  12. Love it Karen - and now I know why they're called "broomstick" skirts - DUH! Lol
    I live in skirts and skorts all summer long! I love that they're nice and cool and yet feel feminine too. I usually take mine out of the wash and twist from each end and then tie the whole thing in a knot and kind of in a ball and let air dry. Now I know what to "really" do! ;)

    So fun - and I absolutely LOVE the color of your blue one. I bet you look like a vision when you're out picking flowers. xoxo
    Happy weekend!

  13. Well no I can honestly say I do not have such a thing as a broomstick skirt. But as always your pictures are gorgeous, have a lovely weekend xx

  14. I'd never heard them called Broomstick skirts...but I do love them! How cool to learn about the drying technique. As always, enjoyed my visit!

  15. Hi Karen, what a pretty broomstick skirt and such a pretty blue color! I love the sachet too. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

  16. Love the corner of your kitchen, so pretty!! And that broomstick skirt looks so comfy. I knew about twisting those crinkly skirts, but not about the broomstick part. How fun.
    I'm so sorry, my friend, I haven't been for a visit in a while. I've missed being over here. My blog visiting is way behind. Hope you're having a lovely summer. xo Deborah

  17. I remember having one of these years ago .which finally just wore out! Now I want another......wonder if I'll find one for summer???

  18. You know what Karen! I had totally some how ( old age) forgotten the charm of these skirts! Love you photos of your skirt on this broom and think I need to get one of these. They look great!

  19. Beautiful skirt, I love the color! I enjoy long flowing skirts as well, so very comfortable :-) Love the area in your kitchen and the little glass jars of spices, everything is put together so nicely! Have a wonderful weekend.


  20. have never heard of them before!

  21. Dear Karen,

    Your posts are an oasis to the land of internet.

    Yannis Politopoulos

  22. I never knew why they were called broomstick interesting! I don't have any, but I bought my first maxi-dress for the comfortable and really did help with mosquitos!

  23. Ooooh, what a pretty skirt! Once upon a time I had a broomstick skirt, but as of right now I don't have one. Seeing yours makes me want to find one to enjoy and wear :)

    Have a beautiful Sunday, sweet friend. Hugs!

  24. Dearest Karen,
    Learned something new here as I too had no idea that it literally had something to do with a broomstick. I always through that it were skirts made out of light voile, often plissé in a wrinkled variety that could be pulled together like a stick...
    But that's the fun part about visiting blog friends; we always learn something new and I guess it is a smart way for wearing them.
    Even though, one never knows how to protect against things that bite us. On the 4th of July both of us got bitten by chiggers when having a potluck lunch at the spring well, near the river, of our friends. We walked outdoors as it was feeling so nice. Pieter wore long summer jeans and I wore under the knee jeans... Guess what? NO bites below he knees but above they caused me many problems. Sleepless nights from the severe itching and than the blisters that opened up and drained. Still not healed up. Pieter never developed the blisters but had longer itching and still has those red spots. Ugly and I cannot wear shorts nor short skirts, so tomorrow I wear my midi rayon skirt that covers it all up.
    To make things worse, I had two cancer spots being cut off, one on my upper arm and one on my left ankle area... Looking quite beat up with some spots treated with liquid nitrogen as well.
    Sending you hugs and blessings.

  25. I have never come across that name for them before but I love it, I have several of these skirts. Like you say they are perfect for the summer.

  26. Well you learn something new every day don't you, I had no idea why they called them that, very interesting. No I don't have one of those skirts, ever since I have had feet trouble and the doctor gave me orthotics to wear in my New balance shoes I haven't wore a dress, they just don't look great with tennis shoes :(

  27. Ah, now I know that I shouldn't be trying to iron them! I knew I was going wrong somewhere :-) I'll try this way of getting the creases just right, and also making the broomstick look more attractive! Have a wonderful, bite free, week ahead my lovely xx

  28. Hi Karen, before your post I had never even heard of a Broomstick Skirt! So I learned something new. Your indigo one looks so pretty and it has a very relaxed country feel to it. Just love it!
    The corner of your kitchen were you took the photos looks very pretty and cozy. You just want to sit down at the table and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and chat.
    Wishing you lovely summer day!

  29. What a beautiful post, Karen!
    Have a lovely new week! xx

  30. What a great idea! The creases look perfect too ;)

  31. so cool! I never knew they had a name. very interesting!
    And ps, i always enjoy the photos of your home that you share!

  32. And what a lovely skirt it is. It will look beautiful on you! I wear them as well now and then, when I go to the beach or a summer party. They look very elegant!

    Have a good week!

    Madelief x

  33. I must say I just love your cute little kitchen. I have a little cottage kitchen but not nearly as charming. I love your inside posts the most!! I just wanted to let you know!!

  34. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, I sure appreciate it!!. Love your blog, your skirt and your kitchen!!


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