We are making circle skirts this week; short, long, half, whatever takes your fancy. I opted for the half circle full length skirt. This gorgeous ankara rayon was marked down to $3 and was looking pretty damn lonely sitting there among the florals so, being a nice person and all I decided to help her out by purchasing some off the bolt just so she felt loved and not left out I reassured her that we would make a great team and to not worry about those florals snubbing their powdery stamens at her.
The above photo best shows the real colour of the fabric. So, onto construction; to make this skirt I just followed the pre-draw skirt pattern on my thrifted cutting board, easy peasy. Making a full length skirt would definitely show off the pattern and colours on the fabric wouldn’t you agree? I have inserted a side zip and a button closure on an interfaced waistband. I have roll hemmed the bottom on my serger and that’s about it, nothing fancy to write about at all, construction wise.
On this day it was World Record Store Day so naturally I had to get among it. I grabbed my local guide which tells me where all the hidden record stores are around my neck of the woods and ventured out with my little family to hunt down some vinyl and give my newly handmade outfit a whirl.
I love to sift and Chapel St Bazaar here in Melbourne I can spend hours getting lost among all the clothes, shoes, records, books and knick knacks. Here’s my skirt and top hanging out with their headless friend who can’t choose between a boot or pump; speaking of shoes, I can only wear heels with this skirt because of the length, 44inches from my hip to the sole of my wedge, this was of course intentional it looks dramatic when the bottom of the skirt swirls around my feet. Who doesn’t like a bit of drama.
I had a hell of a time matching this ankara fabric it was a serious nightmare a bit like getting your photo taken in a busy record store with people looking at you, Arrr. I walked around Spotlight for over an hour trying to hunt down a match for this fabric talking and cursing to myself and getting caught doing so, I almost threw in the towel I was at a total loss just wandering aimlessly, I found this part terribly hard and somewhat frustrating and now appreciate even more how a designer can mix patterns and make them work effortlessly. As you can see I eventually settled on this double-check, baby-blue and have grown to like the combination.
So, with all that hard work searching for a decent fabric match it paid off in good-vinyl-diggin-karma when I dug deep inside this record store and pulled out Iggy and The Stooges -Raw Power. DOUBLE SCORE! Iggy is of course the ambassador for World Record Store Day so finding this on this particular day was pretty damn! c o o l
Here is the shirt, this shirt pattern is a generic pattern I re-traced years ago and have made button-ups from it for years. I have not one but three collars cut on the bias because one collar is just a tad too normal for me, ha ha, I do like a surprise element in a garment. The placket was also cut on the bias and I had my hubby install the snaps because I couldn’t handle the little buggers with these pink nails. A second after my hubby took this photo I pulled out Bow Wow Wow and Lene Lovich for $8. I tell ya! Best-day- EVER! So with my big win I’ll mix two titles for the naming of this one because I’m super chuffed with this outfit and my Record Store Day finds. The Raw Power of the Aphrodisiac. Sounds a bit naughty doesn’t it?
Did you know that when I grow up I want to be just like Iris Afpel she’s another style icon that I stare at on a daily basis—accessory QUEEN BEE methinks. If only these glasses weren’t so scratched up!!. My daughters ensemble? she made her skirt and DIY’d her shirt and beheaded her teddy— like you do. I had to call in the cavalry to round her up and remove her from the store. The dangerous beginnings of a fashionista hey!