(The voices of a hundred thousand cockneys can now be heard shouting it's "don't dilly dally, not shilly shally!" and ignoring the fact that I included a Challis Chalet but not a cock linnet....and if you don't know what on earth I'm talking about...here).
Once upon a time I bought an elasticated skirt from my Goodwill store (translation: thrift store, charity shop) in their fortnightly (translation: every 2 weeks) 50% off sale. I had to buy it because it smiled colourfully at me. And was only $2.98 (£1.93).
It looked like this:
It sat in my stash for over a year...and then Lady Katza on Peanut Butter Macrame announced a Challis Focus month and invited people to come to the Challis Chalet to learn about the fabric. I learnt a lot. Challis isn't a term I'd come across before. I think it's because in the UK I'd call it vicose, and probably be doing this incorrectly.
I ransacked by stash for some challis, having learnt what it is from Lady Katza but could only find this skirt, and 7/8th of a yard of this:
...which trying virtually every pattern for sleeveless tops on it that I could, I haven't been able to find a suitable solution for it yet. If I'm honest I want to save it to use as a contrast in a bowling shirt....so this is staying in the stash for the time-being until I can afford a nice royal blue solid to match it up with.
So I was left with this meagre contribution to the Challis Cause...a refashion of an elasticated skirt.
I can't decide if I like it or not.
What do you think?
It feels a bit sleeveless scrubs to me. I wonder if I can just rock it?
By the way, now you can see now why, though being as short sighted as Mr Magoo, I don't usually wear my glasses in pics....it's not vanity, it's just they're reactolite (transitions, photochromatic lenses) and as soon as I step outside in Arizona they go dark.
Anyway back to rocking it, whaddaya reckon?
Hang on, I know....rocking things always works better when I channel Iris Apfel (grabs appropriate sunglasses), how about now?
There's just something about it now that makes me want sing and dance this...
It's having an effect already....uhh ohh I feel strange, something weird's happening to my head....aaayyeeeeeh....
OK, it seems I've answered my own question. I'm most definitely going to rock it as the eccentric polka dot afro circus lady.
Or it might become a painting top....that way the splashes won't show up much.
Sorry about the earworm I've now given you, circusafrocircusafro polkadotpolkadotpolkadotafro!
Forgive me ;)
For more beautiful uses of challis, check out the Challis Chalet Flickr Group....perhaps I just need to increase the size and variety in my stash (from the other side of the United States I can hear Mr D shouting no!)