Before showing you the blouses and skirt I made, this is the place where I got the fabric.
Honest Ed’s! If you’re ever in Toronto, be sure to visit Honest Ed’s, it’s one of the most awesome places on my list! An old-fashioned discount store that sells pretty much everything. AND! All the signs in the store are still hand-painted! It also has the most bizarre decorations. This giant one-eyed zombie elk clock is located between houseware and menswear.
Anyhoo, I saw this tutorial for making a blouse with scarves, so I wandered into Honest Ed’s with the intention of finding scarves. They didn’t have a wide selection that fits what I’m looking for, but then I spotted the bandanas! Loved the pattern on them, and they were 50¢ a piece. I thought if I stitch two together I would have just enough fabric to make a square top! :D
I like that there are brown stripes down the sides and at the shoulder seams.
Also goes with my magenta cardigan! :D (And it looks much better when I ask someone else to take full-length pictures of me. Look, I can even hold a plant as a prop.)
I did get two scarves to make a blouse from the tutorial, but the scarves I bought were much wider than the ones in the tutorial, so the blouse is very fluttery :D
And then I bought more bandanas to make a skirt! Basically I sewed 3 bandanas together into a very wide tube. Then I made another fabric tube that was the same width but a bit shorter with some white light weight fabric leftover from an Ikea curtain for a lining. I sewed the two tubes together along the top edge, then folded down the top edge to make a casing for elastic. And that is all :D
The top I made last summer from a men’s shirt.
Over the weekend my mom gave me a bunch of fabric from her years of collection — some came from Hong Kong! :D I remember going to fabric shops (and yarn shops!) with her when I was a kid. There was always a musty but strangely comforting smell amongst the bolts of fabric. I can certainly keep making square tops but I think I’m going to try adding some small details or variations.
Have a great day! :D