Wednesday, June 10, 2009
ugly fabric entry #1
It won't surprise you to learn that I have several ugly fabric entries on my mind. I thought I'd see how many I got done, and end of the month I'd get you all to vote and the winning entry will be my official entry into the competition. After all, if you like it, you might actually vote for it, and if enough people felt the same I could actually get somewhere!
So first up, all my ugly fabric entries come from my mother-in-law or the Sally Army. I actually do not go out seeking ugly fabric, it comes looking for me.
Look at this beauty. $2 - a remnant of some description. Wool something, I suspect from the slight waxy surface and furry bits it's a blend. What I think is truly hideous about the fabric is the aqua and black grid pattern. The aqua is not consistent in its coverage so it has a true watery quality. In reality it reminds me of nasty tie die.
But it's a wool/blend, only two smackeroos, and a fabric orphan in need of a new home.
First up, just as some people's true beauty lies on the inside, some fabric looks a whole lot better from the wrong side. Turn the fabric over and it becomes a fun polka dot. And what do you know? I found a matching acetate lining from Nick's fabrics and with a supermarket zipper I made the whole skirt for $5. That's about $3 US dollars.
I used this Burda pattern from the December 2008 issue of Burda World of Fashion.
I lengthened it, and decided to put a frill underneath. Polka dots and frills were made for each other. Actually, frills also neatly cover that gap between boot and knee length skirt.
Eh voila! Here we have my first ugly foray. From the back:
And from the front - I thought I'd burda it and wacked on a big belt.