Thrift Shop Genie

I’ve been rather teal-curious lately!  So when I spotted this £3 skirt in a Barnardos charity shop (in Bromley), I snapped it up in the hope that there’d be enough fabric to make a toile for a pattern I’ve been designing. 

The skirt is of mysterious origin with the labels cut away.  The original wearer must have been tall with a 24″ inch waist.  A child on stilts?  A member of the Na’vi race maybe?  The fabric is a cheap polyester chiffon but crisp and ultra-clean.  By cutting corners on some of the seam allowances on my pattern, I manage to eke out enough to make the skirt into a generously-sleeved blouse, slashed from centre of the sleeve heads to the cuffs.  The skirt lining was used to block the sheer bodice and both layers were gathered together under the waist in a kind of bubble hem.  

I can think of several things I’d like to change to perfect this wearable muslin but the colour is not one of them.  Ironically, the £14 a metre shot silk in lime green that I bought for the real thing will be more luxurious but not half as vibrant and I suspect won’t give me anything like the oomph I get wearing this lucky-find genie!

Oh, and congratulations to Julie Starr, the winner of the Cocoland Musical giveaway.  I’ll be in touch!


19 thoughts on “Thrift Shop Genie

    • Thank you; I think we like same colours!

      Yes, I drafted the pattern myself from the basic bodice and sleeve blocks. I slashed the sleeves bell-style (same size sleeve heads, then widened by about 10cm).

    • Thanks Tialys. I have a proper tripod now which has made the taking of photos much quicker. Less of the paranoid staring into the lens.

  1. Wow! I love your top and I love what you made it out of. A fantastic refashion. I also would be interested in this pattern – it’s great and really flattering.

  2. I like it as well!
    I think that it is nice as it is and doesn’t need changes but it’s yours not mine! I especially love the colours between blue and green and I think it looks great on you! 🙂

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