A bit of pop art

I have made another skirt, and with the leftover fabric, another vest!


The fabric came from Tessuti’s, Melbourne, and was the fabric used for the black dresses in this year’s Tessuti awards – check out the website, there are some amazing creations. I managed to score a remnant. It is called “Phantom Black” and is a taffeta and cotton fabric. It is a dream to sew with and I am pretty happy with the results. I had a tiny piece of fabric, which I bought with the intention of making the skirt, but couldn’t let the leftovers go to waste, hence the vest, made from the same pattern as this one. This time I did a modern take on the vintage vest by adding pop art buttons (so, should that be a ’60s take??). I bought the buttons at the Perth Quilt and Craft Fair.



I left the sides of the vest as the raw selvedge – I quite liked the fringed effect – adding to the ’60s vibe.


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This time I secured the vest at the back with a button. I made the band from some  cotton/lycra fabric left over from some trousers.

The taffeta fabric has absolutely no give, so, although there are pockets in the front, it is almost impossible for me to get my hands in them. Nothing to do with the fact that the skirt fits like a glove and I probably need to lose weight!



I think I have enough of these skirts and vests now – I’m ready to move on!

The details:

The skirt is Vogue 1247. lengthened by 14 cms. I didn’t line this skirt as I thought it would be cooler in the warmer weather, but it does have a bit of a tendency to ride up. I used black bias binding from my Mother’s stash to finish off all the raw edges.  The fabric is from Tessuti’s.


The buttons were bought at the Quilt and Craft Fair

The ankle boots are Paul Green, bought at The Secret Closet, Shenton Park

The bag is Deadly Ponies, bought at The Secret Closet, Shenton Park

The socks, vainly filling the ankles on the boots, were machine knitted by me. I’ve also got my pedometer attached to one of the boots, giving a funny look to them.

Global Corporate Challenge:

I completed the 10,000 step a day challenge and duly got a trophy:


My average is still in the 23,000s, but I have committed to get it up to 24,000, so I’d better get walking!


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