I picked up this oversized and very colourful tunic from Vinnies in Miranda a few weeks ago. I was headed to the Shire for a family lunch and so decided to spend the morning op-shopping en route. I have to say I didn't have much success though. I went to about six different suburbs and opshops but none of them were that great for quirky vintage finds. I guess if it's decent quality fairly new stuff that you're after though, there's plenty of that about.
Anyway, I was very pleased when I found this one at my final stop for $8. It's something that someone has made themselves as it's all (rather dodgily) hand-stitched and basically just consists of two pieces of fabric stitched together at shoulder and side seams.
It goes to show you don't need a complicated pattern to do home-sewing: if you've got loud, patterned fabric then that's the real centrepiece of the design and all you need to do is cut a really simple oversized silhouette to get a great, drapey style.
It amazes me the dodgy standard of home-sewn things that I'm happy to pick up and wear from an op-shop yet whenever I attempt to sew things myself I never end up wearing them as I feel self-conscious and hate my own sewing which is dumb because I am actually reasonably ok at it. I studied fashion at TAFE for a year before changing my mind and switching to uni to study journalism but I came out with a Cert IV in Clothing Production and I do know my way around a machine as well as how to make my own patterns.
Sorry - rambling, but my point is, it doesn't need to be all perfectly finished and professional to look good. The home-sewn look just makes it quirky and unique which is my favourite kind of look anyway.
So yes: sewing doesn't have to be that hard and I should do it more often. Stay tuned for the Aussie Curves DIY week coming up as I got sewing over the weekend and am rather pleased with what I whipped up: I hope you'll like it too!
- Oversized tunic - Vinnies - $8
- Blue Spandex leggings - Gisela Ramirez
- Black Jelly flats - Rubi Shoes
- Oversized skull necklace - Tatty Devine (via eBay)
If you notice an uncanny similarity between this post and the last that's because yes, I took both sets of photos at the same time, in the same leggings and just switched out the tunic....and the lippy. Two birds..one stone ;)