The “Postcards from Abroad” Skirt
Fabric: 1950’s Cotton Chintz? $40, Robert Kaufman Suessville Quilting Cotton $10
Pattern: Advance 6064
Time to complete: 4 hours plus 1 for dyeing
First worn: May 2012
Wear again? Once it’s got a black yoke
Total Cost: ~$50
The main fabric of the skirt is this wonderful 1950’s postcard print fabric. The postcards depict scenes from exotic locales like Venice, somewhere with palm trees and somewhere else with cacti!! 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. I bought the fabric online and waited for it to come from the US. It has the wonky stripes too – I thought it would be perfect. First issue is that the stripes looked tiny on my computer screen. 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. 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!
Another confession – 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! Next time – I promise to do something more adventurous with print mixing!
More information over on my blog.