The “Coathanger” Skirt
Fabric: Seven vintage tablecloths from Op Shops – about $40
Pattern: Vogue 7924
Year: 1950 something
Notions: Zip, bias binding for the waistband
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: For the photos
Wear again: Yes – while the warm weather lasts
Total price: Under $50
Gidday! I finally got myself out of the ‘burbs and down to the water for some photos for the City challenge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is colloquially known as The Coathanger and she turned 80 recently. She is a stunner!
I moved to Sydney on New Years Eve of 1992. I had just finished studying Fashion Design and I was going to have to leave my home town Wellington, New Zealand for work. I had friends in Sydney so I came to stay with them. I planned to stay a while and save for a trip to London.
Well I have been here for 20 years this year! I did make it to London for a wedding back in 1997, but I love it here.
This skirt is my ode to my adopted home town. Sydney is huge, brash, outspoken and good-looking (hopefully so is this skirt!) and so are its people. It can also be lonely, rude and expensive, congested and HOT!
I met my husband here. I have two Australian children. It’s home now and the sickness is not bad after all that time (I miss my parents in NZ).
I have lived all over the place – so you know what that means – I know all the good op shops! This is where I found the fabric for my skirt. Collected over several years, but most of it pretty recently. The roses on the grey background – is one of my favourites in the skirt and just came home a week ago!
Can you see the Sydney panel? If I tire of this skirt – it may be upcycled to become the mother of all table runners!
A considerable amount of time was spent cutting and arranging the patchwork, much like making a patchwork quilt. Not to mention the pieces that had to be unpicked and moved.
For this skirt I used my tried and tested 50’s skirt pattern. It is the style of skirt my mum alway said suited me best. The yoke is more flattering than gathers from the waist on my pear shape. Thanks Mum!
More over on my blog, including the inspiration for this skirt and the process.