Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rock and Roll saved my life

I found the best barkcloth fabric in a dodgy dusty antique shop and paid more than I thought I should have, to get home and lovingly hand wash it (although the woman swore she had washed it) for half of it to fall apart in my hands all the while filling my bucket with mud. Washed, phaw!!  I was looking forward to making a full circle skirt alah Rock and Roll style, but all I could manage was this slightly flared skirt.  Pales in comparison to the vision in my head, but I love it all the same. Made with a1972 pattern by Style, number 3788, version 2.  It was quick and easy to make, as skirts tend to be, which is why I am digging them so.  What to do with the deteriorating bits left???
I have made this top from simplicity 4056 maybe from the late 60's. The fabric is a lovely light weight linen.  I love the idea of this top more than the actual top, it's a bit boxy.  I will rock it though, it took me far too long to make to simply leave it in my wardrobe.  Simple to make my but!  You get that with dress making, sometimes it's just not as fabulous as you want it to be, other times it takes you completely by surprise.
This is how I actually wore the skirt on this day, with my fall back tank.
 I have also been making the basic tee, the pattern of which comes a PDF from Steph at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.  It needs a little tweaking for my narrow shoulders.
This post was sitting as a draft for a couple of weeks, I got called away as a busy mummy, but I'm back now, after a spell of being a little run down and alot tired.



  1. Such a gorgeous fabric and skirt. You rock ;)

  2. Hmmm... how %$#* annoying is that about your special fabric. Anyway it has made a lovely skirt. I'm completely with you about the tired mummy! I have to add uni to the mix in a couple of weeks. (guess I don't HAVE to .. but no point pulling out now.. 1/2 way mark!) Oh the Lifeline at the Gabba had a box full of old patterns .. some vintage too for $1 ea if you get out that way.

  3. I kmow all about being tired too. Driving kids around all day is such a drag. I love the skirt with the tank. Kind of a tough but sexy look which always rocks. I feel like a frumpo in button downs and never wear them.

  4. HI, I was wondering if you knew of a place/site that sold the patter you used to make your cape last year (McCalls 2337) I am i love with that cape & would love to make one for myself & daughter! :) any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!