The ugly fabric contest rules have been announced and it has gone pretty much as I predicted. Garment must be more than 50% ugly fabric, and fabric must be on show.
Geek sewing showed me a lovely design to turn my signet scarf into swan top. I drafted it up using my own slopers with a few changes in keeping with my dimensions. Then I fitted a muslin to my dress form and showed TMB. "What do you think?" His reply: "it's a little busy through the decollete." Translation: your boobs look big in it.
It's the print friends. So then I decided it looked quite nice as a scarf anyway, when it's all rolled up and you can't actually see it.
Now I've started thinking about the fabric given to me by my mother in law.
It's from one of the hill tribes in Thailand. Funnily enough, half a lifetime ago I did a jungle trek through those villages. Here's what I remember the guide telling us.
"Last week, police come and take west people smoke opium. Go to jail 10 years. Thai jail bad place. I no sell opium. You want buy coca cola?"
"We sleep here tonight. Toilet anywhere OK. Tomorrow watch step."
I have looked and looked and looked at this fabric and couldn't think of anything, except the obvious kaftan, which would probably look a little bus(t)y. So I started to do a little research, got out of few books form the library on Asian traditional costumes and started to put together an inspiration board for skirts.
After a little google imaging I found this, "Thai barbie"
Although this is how the fabric would actually be worn, with the crosswise piece at the bottom and a pair of leggings underneath:
Still nothing I feel wildly excited enough to ever wear. One idea is to chevron the stripes into a 4 part skirt. (rough sketch below:)
But more interesting has been learning about the culture of the hill tribes people. This piece of fabric was woven on the most rudimentary of equipment. It would have taken a long time, and been meticulous work.
I had better make a good job of this skirt or there's going to be all kinds of bad karma coming my way.