Oilskin: from ugly to ooh la la!

Finding hideously ugly items at opshops never fails to bring a smile to my face… so who knows why I’m not laughing my head off here. _dsc4853

I found this monstrosity at Vinnies for $8 and grabbed it, mainly because it’s made from the same fabric as one of my favourite jumpsuits – oilskin-look silk. _dsc4855

The reason I get so happy finding ugly things is that they have so much potential and I feel like a magical fairy godmother when I manage to do something good with them. However, they also give me a headache because sometimes there are just too many possibilities for makeovers. I spent a few months trying to work out what to do with this dress – I wanted to make leather-look summer weight shorts out of the skirt section, but was limited by the width of the fabric. Instead, I made a wrap-look skirt by unpicking the two pieces from the skirt section and layering them one over the other to form the back…

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View of the wrong sides of the skirt layered one over the other to form the back – there’s an overlap of about 10cm so I don’t inadvertently show off my undies on breezy days.

Here’s what it looks like now (paired with a DIY T-shirt, of course). Thanks again to Kayla Piccolo for these street snaps.

leather look skirt back DIY

I added some strategic darts so the skirt would fit properly around the waist and hip and stitched the two pieces of fabric together until a point just below the hips. The waistband is made from one of the waist ties.

Wrap skirts are meant to be easy but making this one involved a lot of standing in front of the mirror and slightly altering darts so the fabric would fall the way I wanted. Maybe that’s because it’s not a real wrap skirt (it’s stitched in place just below the hip, the point at where the underside of the material is showing in this photo).

leather look skirt DIY T-shirt

It’s not real leather either! But it’s pretty convincing, don’t you think? And not quite as hideous as when I found it. Now to make something from the top part! I think I feel more headaches coming on…

DIY wrap leather skirt

 

 

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