…which is my ugliest fabric of them all? Part of this month’s challenge on Stashbusting Sewalong 2015 is to sew the piece of fabric in our stashes that we most dislike. So I went to my stash. Deep stash. I found these three contenders. I thought I had more than this, but they must be well hidden 🙂
So, which to choose? The one on the left is ugly (is that a muppet face I’ve just seen hidden in it??), but it is modal and silk jersey, which lifts it out of contention. The middle one is a knit and is too hot for our summer, but the one on the right is “the one”. It doesn’t look too bad in the photo but it is horrible. It is a thick, coarse cotton, which I suspect is some sort of quilting cotton and the colours and print are so not me. It has no drape at all, and no matter how often I wash it, it doesn’t soften. I won’t put my hand up to buying it, my sister slid it into my stash when I wasn’t looking, grr!
I have had this fabric out of my stash on numerous occasions and decided it wasn’t even useful to use as a muslin. When this challenge came up I immediately put it on my possibilities list. What poor, unsuspecting pattern did I inflict this fabric on? McCalls 5512, a vintage pattern from 1970.
I have previously made the blouse, and have wanted to make the shirt dress for some time. In fact, I resisted the siren call of other shirt dresses in order to save myself for this one.
There are lots of things to love about this pattern. The raglan sleeves that stop short of the armhole, the slight A-line shape, the inseam pockets, and the rounded hem. The collar, however, is very ’70s, so I do confess to cutting it down a smidge. I also hunted through my stash for 1970s buttons and finally settled on some crystal ones, era unknown. For some reason I put buttons right to the top – I think I just got carried away with the buttonholes!
I brought the dress to Sydney, thinking that I could wear it where nobody knew me, but I will confess to feeling a little frumpy in it – perhaps it was the sensible walking sandals that did it though?
I wore the dress to the Achieve Australia op shop, which I’ve mentioned before on the blog, and which Andrea has described in some detail in her blog post. Here I am on entry (and the front of the dress does line up in real life!)
and here I am on exit an hour and a bit later – please don’t tell my Stashbusting Sewalong Facebook Group!
Back to the dress. I did a passable job of the pattern matching, but not as good as I might have done if I had cared one whit about the fabric.
I didn’t have time to make a belt, so dug this elastic one out of my belt stash. The buckle is a 1930s French, enamelled, shoe buckle. Shoe buckles are great because they have a gorgeous shape with the bend in the middle. I’m at the railway station here, waiting to go out to Meadowbank where the op shop is.
I also wore the dress to visit the Art and Design Market at Milson’s Point. What a market! I hadn’t expected anything like it. It’s only on once a month I think, but totally worth it!
It starts under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then spills out onto the adjacent park.
This photo doesn’t even begin to show the scale of the market – it is huge. That’s me hiding under the red umbrella as I was a muppet and left my hat at home. I have decided, though, that I am going to find myself a parasol – the coverage is so much better than a hat, the eye poking of other pedestrians is a slight issue though!
The coffee here in Sydney is so much better than in Perth – Mark enjoyed his enormously, and he’s wearing another of those long sleeved t-shirts that I made him.
We have now used all forms of public transport in Sydney and I can recommend them all! We took the ferry to Milson’s Point, which deposited us at Lunar Park
Here is another shot from the park underneath the bridge – we saw a wedding here on Saturday, what a spot for a wedding!
And finally, we took the train back into the city. It goes over the bridge, and I managed to capture this photo of the famous coat hanger just before we got there.
In a nutshell: McCalls’s 5512 shirt dress from 1970. Fabric is ugly quilting cotton, buttons are vintage, buckle is vintage. Location is Sydney. I have another one of these shirt dresses planned in my very near future, so stay tuned!