Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rockabilly Tuesday: My Summer Swimsuit

So... previously on Rockabilly Tuesday... I asked you all for your opinion on Retro style swimsuits. The favourite seemed to be the classic vintage 40s style, which I also liked. However, upon further thought, I realized I really would like my swimsuit to be one I want to wear. And I would not feel comfortable in a two piece or mock-halter (I would have opted to criss-cross the straps in the back for the fake halter effect). So I went with emulating The Marilyn Swimsuit.

Also, I must apologize, as I really winged it this time, and didn't have the time and/or capacity to create a tutorial.

 It has a full fitted lining with sewn in cups. The outer shell is the Caribbean blue fabric, ruched along 8 lines (First I ruched the three lines on the front piece and then the three lines on the back piece, sewed the side seams and then ruched those seams). The front of the shell is a skirt. The back tucks up under the bottom/is sew to the fitted lining for shape.


ROCKABILLY SONG OF THE WEEK: Maybellene- by Rod Bernard

COVETED ITEM OF THE WEEK: Fashion is in the details, and there's nothing more classy or rockin' than a good accessory, such as a fascinator: Polka Dot Fascinator; My Diva's Closet; Rockabilly Biker Gangsta Skull Rose Hair Flower Fascinator

ROCKABILLY SLANG OF THE WEEK:  Moldy Fig -I always thought this meant something along the lines of  a person being 'a square', but it has an interesting origin: 'During the Bop era, fans and players of the new music used this term to discribe fans and players of the earlier New Orleans Jazz. Ex: What do you expect, Eddie is a "moldy fig" and he'll never dig the new sounds.' (source)


Previous Rockabilly Tuesday Posts:
Retro Halter Top (with Tutorial)
Swimsuit Options

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Everyday Dorothy Dress

First off, yes, I know I'm doing a horrible job at completing my to do list! No more distractions, I promise. Especially since I have things for other people that I'm working on. And I am working on them, I swear! But since they're not going to appear on my blog, you're just going to have to take my word for it :-)

Anyway... after wearing my 'casual' Alice ensemble to work the other day (At least one person got the reference and shouted 'Hey, Alice!' at me from their car window. I stopped and waved because I like it if my funky taste in clothing makes someone smile), I decided I would also like a casual Dorothy Gale dress. This one I think turned out a bit more subtle than my borderline lolita costume-y Alice, maybe...
Someone should keep me away from PicMonkey
Bodice altered from Simplicity 4136 so that the built-in blouse is unnecessary and the bib and back is higher. Skirt from Simplicity 2401 with pockets. Since I used a plaid of limited yardage from my fabric stash, I had to simply serge the bottom of the skirt and add lace, because there wasn't enough fabric for a proper hem (or the skirt would be too short for my slip). Also, I had to cut the straps parallel to the selvage instead of on the bias (which would have given it the nice diagonal contrast effect like with the bands), but oh well...

And oh! so many shoe options! 
Ooh... look at those sexy battered legs ;-) Because real women do things with their life and sometimes get bruised! (cough-stupid work-cough)
My newly acquired high wedge mock all-star converse (that are just so darn cute, even though I can't wear heals on my commute to work -walking over a mile each way); classic red suede pumps; ruby red platforms that I kept (even though I've sold my Deranged Dorothy costume since that Halloween) because who knows when you're going to need some ruby slippers?.

(More) Colour Accurate Photo

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rockabilly Tuesday: Swimsuit Options

Due to holiday-ness, there was no Rockabilly post for last week.
Due to stupid heat and humidity, there is no Rockabilly project to share this week. 

But I could use your help/input on a future project!
So, I've decided that I a.) want a rockabilly style swimsuit and b.) will of course make it myself. I've already acquired the fabric (swimsuit spandex-lycra-nylon blend), a bright caribbean blue, nude lining fabric, and this random, crazy romance comic hibiscus print (for a sarong/wrap, I think).

THE QUESTION is... What Specific Style do I want to make my swimsuit?


 OPTION 1: 1940s Style
What I like 
 How adorable are these gals? 
The high-waisted, and low leg of the bottoms with false skirt front!
Little belt.
Sweetheart neckline!
What I don't like
Despite the fact that I gave you a DIY halter tutorial last time around and really like the way the piece turned out, I still don't find halters to be comfortable (they hurt my neck!) not matter how badly I want to love wearing them. 
Also, while we're being honest. No matter how toned my back and shoulder muscles are, I always get this nasty/ugly bulge where my bra (or halter band) cuts in because of, well, the weight the top supports.
There is, of course the one-piece option and regular strap variation in this style, but it's not as cute, is it?


OPTION 2: Vintage 50s Swimsuit
Etsy Source
What I like
The molded/formed/fitted cups, the gathers at the side seams, and the little front drape skirt.
That same retro cut of bottoms (lower on the leg, no having to pick your swimsuit out of your butt).
What I don't like
The straps? Also a halter? How will this stay up?
This is obviously truly vintage and made of a cotton fabric rather than our fancy new age synthetic blends (the bodice back is fully shirred and elasticized to add stretch/fit to the cotton). Not a problem for many swimsuit adaptations. However, with the molded cups, I'm not sure how compensating for the stretch of the lycra-spandex whatnot will work out. Hmmm... Also to consider, I've chosen a solid colour rather than a print for the swimsuit.


OPTION 3: Modern Ruched Retro Swimsuit
Marilyn Swimsuit by Pin Up Girl Clothing
What I like
Sexy, fun texture that will cover flaws in my figure
What I don't like
Support? Will the ruching stretch/become heavy upon becoming wet?
Too modern looking?
This is pretty simple and straighforward. And probably easy enough to figure out how to insert cups/support (as with the others).


Well, what do you all think? Any preferences? There might be a tutorial in it for you ;-)


Previous Rockabilly Tuesday Posts:
Retro Halter Top (with Tutorial)


Sunday, June 2, 2013

When in doubt, PRE-WASH!

Just thought I'd post a warning up. In this day and age, one still pre-washes fabric, but primarily for shrinkage compensation. However, when you stoop to buying fabric at Walmart, I would suggest always pre-washing your fabric by itself. Since I have to pay for laundry, I opt for the bathtub and hang-dry method instead of wasting $3.50 on washing it by its lonesome.

The bathtub and my fingernails are now stained from the classic, dark indigo denim.

PS The water used in these photos was standard, clear tap water. But I suppose, it is pretty...

Saturday, June 1, 2013


(Wow. I am really failing at this whole 'To Do List' thing... This time, I don't have a choice but to work on my Steampunk outfit, though, since it needs to be ready for July and my birthday!)
  • New Steampunk Outfit (continuing from March's start on the Plaid Voile costume)
    • Harness Vest
      • Draft
      • Mock-up?
      • Finished Version
    • Style Wig
    • Hat
      • alter Vogue Pattern V7464
      • Make Hat & Veil
      • Trim with Flowers and cameo
    • Costume Prosthetic for leg
  • Casual Steampunk Dress?
  • Lightweight House Dresses (aka it's been super warm and I want to die!)
  • Mystery Project 
    • Phase I
    • Phase II (about 50% completed) 
    • Phase III
    • Finishing
  • Rockabilly/Retro Swimsuit
  • Rockabilly Dress
  • Rockabilly Denim Pants