I was waiting for the bus yesterday when it was raining, so I took shelter in a fabric store nearby. Of course it wasn’t the best decision (or maybe the best), because when I got home there was suddenly some addition to my mound of fabric stash.
To somewhat lessen my guilty feeling, I immediately worked on one of the fabric. All the fabric in that store was already cut to 1-3 m, this one looks like rayon and is only 1 m in length. I got it for only USD3! Although it has rabbits and little houses on it, I don’t think it looked like kids’ fabric. Maybe because of the muted colors and the almost abstract shapes. The brown background is not a solid color, but rather a mix of brown and black in textured pattern.
The pattern is Tara top by Style Arc, from the description in the website: “Cute casual shirt with interesting double collar detail. Bias cut sleeve band, side splits and buttoned front opening. This is a very handy shirt to have in your wardrobe.” I made the top in size 6 and the only alteration was shortening the bodice as usual.
The buttons are round yellow plastic buttons from my stash. I think they match perfectly with the dotted swirling path pattern of the fabric. I only had five of these buttons, so for the undercollar I used a small yellow shirt button.
When the top is finished I just realized that the fabric also has skulls on it! I wonder what’s the story with all these rabbits, little houses, moons, and skulls. I’m not too happy about the pattern placement on the center front but there was not much I can do with one metre of fabric.
The skirt pattern is Ali knit skirt also by Style Arc. I’ve made it before, but this time I skipped the ruched front and only used the back panels twice as suggested by the pattern: “For a plain skirt just cut 2 of the back panels, or for a rouched all round skirt cut 2 of the front panels. Three styles from the one pattern.”
I finished the waist rather differently. Instead of folding the wide elastic tape inside, I just let it be the waistband. I thought it looked more interesting like that. The dummy has smaller hip than me, so the skirt looked wrinkled. But when I wear it, it hugged my hip closely without any wrinkle.
I guess I don’t regret my decision to take shelter in that fabric store!