Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yarrrrr.... Pirates!

Cowboi and I went op-shopping in Liverpool last week, and found five meters of a border print cotton fabric - with pirates!

Pirates, pirate ships, parrots and buried treasure!

Cowboi and I couldn't figure out if this was vintage, or a modern vintage-inspired print. The ships look mid-century-modern, but the colours seem a bit too contemporary. (One day I shall take a photo of some of the vintage fabrics I've found in op-shops).

Have you ever made a dirndl?

I was always a bit put off, thinking they could make a pleasantly plump girl look a bit bigger than she really was - but to heck with, I love them!

Plus dirndls literally take an hour to sew - make a waist band, sew a zip into the skirt fabric to make a large tube, hand pleat fabric to fit waist band - sew.

I'm really happy, as you can probably tell! Plus, my Miss L Fire Bonnies match the orange and blue accents perfectly! (Amazon UK has a lot on sale at the moment if any Aussies are looking for them cheap).

Hello Sailor!

Shoes: Miss L Fire Bonnie
Top: Portmans
1940s Brooch : Etsy


Mariela said...

You look gorgeous! That fabric is bitchin' too. The lace details on the shirt are sweet.
Most of my skirts are pleated or slightly gathered circle skirts to hide my belly.

Bex said...

Aww thanks! And I hear you, anything to flatter the belly is a good thing ;)

Debs - debslosingit.com said...

Here from Sew Retro- I love this and want to make one for myself now! I didn't realize it would be so easy! And the fabric- I love it!

Melody said...

gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous!

Bex said...

Thanks! X

Emily said...

Looks GREAT! Ad I love the fabric. It's got that looks cool from a distance re colour and patterned impression, then when you focus, as you say Arrgh Pirates!

Desiree said...

Adorable. I think this is a sewing project even I can manage (with a lot of help with my mom). You really lucked out with the fabric, too!

lollyknits.com said...

Sorry, I gotta say it: Yarrrrr! Also, I am in love with that skirt.

Scrapyard Butterfly said...

That skirt is awesome. I had no idea dirndls were so easy to make. I think I might give this a try.

Gail Ann Thompson said...

Such a great example of looking casual and polished at the same time!

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