The main fabric of the skirt is this wonderful 1950’s postcard print. The postcards depict scenes from exotic locales like Venice – and may feature other scenes of Italy (I have just learned). With wonky stripes. If you can identify any of these scenes – please, enlighten me! The fabric might be chintz – as it has a lustrous appearance.
I picked up this remnant at the 50’s fair in Sydney for $40. It had the top cut off . Perhaps the rest of the fabric it was used for a dress and belt – leaving a bit almost big enough for a skirt for me!
The second fabric (on the yoke) is Suessville from Robert Kaufman. It is a quilting fabric. It has the wonky stripes – I thought it would be perfect. The first issue is that the stripes look tiny on my computer screen. It’s hard to judge scale when buying fabric online isn’t it? I wasted at least an hour trying to tea dye the bright whiteness out of it. The second issue is that it just looks like a wrinkly rag next to the beautiful glossy postcard print. I will seriously consider sewing garments from quilting fabric in the future.
I was very disapointed in the way the stripes make me look like I was wearing a large striped maternity t-shirt with a curved hem, under my top and 50’s cardi!!!
I tried turning the skirt around – it helped a little, but I hated it so much that for the outdoor photos I wore my long top to cover the yoke. We went out for a big mothers day lunch – so maybe that didn’t help!
Also I have to confess – after my bathroom photo shoot I gave up on the skirt and the waist is unfinished (except for stay stitching) so it slipped down my hips and looks longer than I wanted it to when I was out to lunch.
Anyway as soon as I can find black fabric that is slightly faded and glossy – that wobbly stripe’s outta here!
The gorgeous postcard print deserves another attempt at being turned into a garment. When that’s done it will be a strong contender for being what I wear to this year’s 50’s Fair. I’ve already bought my ticket! Got yours yet?
Fabric: Vintage Cotton $40, Robert Kaufman Suessville Quilting Cotton $10
Pattern: Advance 6064
Time to complete: 4
First worn: May 2012
Wear again? Once it’s got a plain black yoke
Total Cost: ~$50