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.
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.
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…
Here’s what it looks like now (paired with a DIY T-shirt, of course). Thanks again to Kayla Piccolo for these street snaps.
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).
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…
It’s as though you are the fairy godmother of ugly op shop finds. One boop from your wand (or, actually, a fair bit of work with some scissors, pins and a sewing machine) and their true beauty shines through!
I’d buy that skirt in a heartbeat! You are so talented!
Aww thank you! I’m sure you could make something similar if you could find an equally ugly dress.
Great work with that skirt, looks fantastic!
I’m excited to see what you create with the rest of the fabric. What’s it like to wear? I imagine it’s very different to how it looks.
It feels just like wearing any lightish kind of fabric, although it’s not good for windy days because I didn’t quite get the split section right. Oops!
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