Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Watcha Wearing Wednesday


I wish.... I've been drooling over my latest book purchases lately (I've linked to them on my sidebar widget).

And although I won't be strutting the streets of Brunswick in this gorgeous ensemblé...

I can't help but think that there may have been some sort of influence in my "oops, I've worn the wrong trousers to work" skirt-making session this morning.

There's a bit of bustle action going on there. I had to test an idea I've been tossing around for a while now - just to get it out of my head. It's still a hack-and-sew job, but with elastic thown in and a bit of slam-pressing. It really needs a run through the washing machine to settle the austrian-blind effect a bit.

(Message to my sewing buddy: We're really going to have to conference about who gets to wear what garment in which fabric at any given function...I think I did an accidental single-white-female thing... again)
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Oh - and here's a top I'll no longer be wearing on Wednesdays....

When I first made this long tunic top, I thought I'd only get a few wears out of it before the lacy weave was covered with pulls and snags. Not to worry - it was a $5 remnant.


Then it shunk in the wash and became an interesting little drapy top.... and then a fitted top....



But after a wash in my new whizz-bang front loader.....


My girl will be wearing it from now on. I know how to get value out of a $5 scrap of fabric.

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16 comments:

Tania said...

Just so you know, there was a sharp intake of breath when I saw your skirt (seriously gorgeous) and a guffaw when I spotted the wee one in your $5 number (hilarious).

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh my! That skirt is fabulous! Sad about the red top!

Liam's Mummy said...

You should see what my front loader did to a piece of wool felt! That remnant is having a pretty exciting life! I like the "Austrian blind effect" you've got going on there, although I would be a little uncomfortable with all the extra bulk, personally...

Andi said...

That skirt is absolutely to die for.

CurlyPops said...

That top is very cute on the wee one!!

Little Munchkins said...

I LOVE the skirt. It looks gorgeous, as does the 'new' top for the wee girl.

Gail said...

love the skirt - the ruching thing is very stylish.

rachelmp said...

laughing, laughing as a new front loader owner too xx

Nikki Cardigan said...

Love love love that skirt.

As for that tunic, it has taken on a life of its own! We'll be seeing on one of the wee girl's dolls next!

Handmade said...

funny!

thewinkingfrog said...

Fantastic!

Sherrin said...

I love all the incarnations of that top. And I LOVE what you are doing with the green bustly skirt. I'd love to see more of it.

Gina said...

Love. That. Skirt. When you write your book (tee hee) please include fabulous techniques like this to make things look oh-so complex and artsy!

sooz said...

The skirt is really good - like everyone else I'd like to see more and get a sense of how you made it! Just great.

Bella Crafts said...

When I saw your skirt, I immediately thought of "tuck and roll," but quickly realized that it is more along the lines of "ruch and roll :-)" Very creative!

Robin Moore said...

Wow!! I ADORE the skirt, gf. There are a few, very few, cool ruched (sp) skirts I could find online. Other interesting designs can be found at http://www.havensonline.com/shop/?v=7&sub=1 , I particularly love Neesh by D.A.R. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!!! Have you posted any details on how to make a skirt similar to the bustle one?
-Robin