Bad News: My ultra fabulous thrift store skirt did not fit. I could get it on and button it up, but my hips bust out from under the pleated waistband and gave me the look of a rainbow striped Elizabethan bar wench.
Good News: The skirt only cost a $1.50, so I didn't mind experimenting. I cut a slit up the side, poked a couple holes in the waistband and slipped through a tension rod. TaDa it's a cafe curtain.
I'm too lazy to hem today, so I just used my sharpest scissors to get a clean edge. As much as I like to sew, I like no-sew projects much more. This took a whopping three minutes. I feel so efficient.
UpdateKatpawz mentioned a great idea in the comment section: "To cut down on the ravels - before cutting the slits for the curtain rod - place a piece of transparent packing tape over your future cut site and then cut through the tape and the fabric." Thanks Katpawz, wish I had thought of that!
Best part is now I can see my nifty skirt/curtain all the time. It won't be stuck in the back of a closet 363 days of the year. And, if I ever lose 20 pounds and want to wear it as a skirt, I can just yank out the tension rod, slip the side and be ready to go. Now I'm wondering how many pleated 80's skirts are floating around the thrift store just begging to be made into cafe curtains?