When I saw this pattern I immediately thought "I'VE GOT JUST THE FABRIC !!!"
About 50 years ago (give or take )Spotlight released a bunch of really lovely retro Hawaiian print cottons and I bought up a stack. In ye olde days I used to buy fabrics but then get a dressmaker to whip me up something fabulous. Pfft!
In my stash I had some luverly buttermilk yellow Hawaiian print fabric that I thought would be perfect for this sarong style frock!
Now, I would LOVE to tell you that it was a piece of piss to make and I just whipped it up in a couple of hours but..... I would be lying through my lilly whites.
I had to quick unpick it a number of times. I lost count of the amount of times I THOUGHT I'd done what the pattern said but it would be upside down or back to front so I would unpick it and then suddenly like a light from the heavens I would suddenly GET IT.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh THAT'S what it means!
Those front pleats almost gave me a nervous breakdown!
HOWEVER, now that I have made it, I would definitely make it again because once you understand what the pattern instructions actually MEAN it is actually pretty simple to make.
I would love to make this next in a nice classic navy satin back crepe.
B5880 FIRST OUTING
ANDREA'S TACKY TIKI LUNCH & MOCKTAILS
How amazing is my hair flower from Kat's Cadillac Vintage!!!
The lovely sewing legend Mz Andrea invited a few of us from THOSE DARN SEW N SEWS
(my illustrious Facebook sewing group) around to her home for a light lunch & some delicious (and may I say professionally garnished ) mocktails to chat about all things sewing and fabric.
The weather was super steamy but this was all but forgotten after sipping on some super refreshing mocktail bevvies. THEN a delicious lunch of slow cooked pulled pork on home-made (by Andrea's mother) bread rolls with coleslaw.
OH MY LAWD. SO GOOD.
It was just wonderful to just sit around with Andrea, Kim & Andrea's Mum sipping on cool drinks by the pool near her gloriously kitsch outdoor TIKI bar! If I squinted I could just imagine we were in the Maldives. Thanks Andrea you are wonderful.
B5880 SECOND OUTING
BIG SANDY & LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS AT "THE ZOO"
ERMEGHERD The perfect frock to wear to see instrumental surf band Los Straightjackets !!!!
I freaking LOVE LS and remember vividly dancing like a crazy woman to them last time they toured.
So I was mega excited to be seeing them again & I must admit I was a bit chuffed with myself that I was going to be wearing something that I had made myself with my chubby little fingers!
The whole night was just fantastic.
The Hi- Boys are freaking lunatics and I reckon are just one of the best rockabilly bands out there purely for their sheer energy & raw crazy performances. Shit even after breaking ALL (I think) of his guitar strings from going positively psycho on stage Scottie the lead singer & guitarist just kept on going. Now THIS is what rockabilly is !!!
THE HI-BOYS WEBSITE: http://thehiboys.com/
Then it was the legend himself Big Sandy with his Aussie back up band "The Oz-Rite Boys".
As usual, Mr Sandy was his charismatic self with a voice that is smoother than a melted block of Cadbury. The great thing about The Zoo is THERE IS ROOM TO DANCE!
Alas, I did not dance as I was too busy chatting to everyone but it was great to see a few people up taking advantage of the space.
Then it was time.
I quickly dashed to the stage to get right up the very front with the other girlie fans.
What can I say? From start to finish I bounced up & down, did the twist, did the Charleston when they did a rockin' version of Sing Sing Sing, jumped, shimmied and shook and SCREAMED!
The crowd went nuts and the addition of a mystery lead singer who looked suspiciously like Big Sandy just added to the excitement.
I do not know how those blokes can play in that heat in suits WITH Mexican Lucha Libre masks on!! CRAZY.
And when I say play.........Los Straightjackets don't just get up on stage & play.
No no no.
They put on a performance!
I love their little choreographed dancey moves and how they interact with their audience.
Crowd favourites were La Bamba & Tequila. Personally, I loved Sing Sing Sing and the theme from The Marlboro Man.
I reckon by the end of their set I had lost 5 kilos in sweat and had nearly lost my voice.
The darling Kel got a bonus when Big Sandy ripped off his sweat soaked mask at threw it to her.
Yes she was so excited she immediately put it on.
|Tracey. This lady is the main reason I took up sewing.|
She is a sewing genius & makes the most incredible frocks!
|My Big Fella|
Thank you SO much to Lori Lee of Robot Productions ( www.robot.com.au )
for another crackin' night. You're the best!