This year's Tikibilly theme made it easy to pack! Almost all of my daytime outfits were based around either denim shorts or denim slacks that I made.
I used Simplicity 3435 to make the shorts and I love them. I left the leg edges raw for Tiki-O to capture that "shipwrecked country girl" look. For extra tikibilly goodness, on most days I paired them with a Hawaiian themed tooled leather belt and either a tropical or western top.
|The halter top in this photo is from the 80s and is totally awesome!|
When I got home, to make the shorts more wearable, I simply serged the edges, flipped the hems to the inside and sewed them down.
|Finished hems. Much more ladylike.|
The blue and orange halter top was made with the bodice section of Retro Butterick B5209. I used a scrap of Hawaiian print from a box of hand-me-down fabric remnants. There was so little of the main fabric that I had to line it with another scrap from the stash. Luckily the gold lining matches so well that it looks like I planned it! The bodice was a bit short for a shirt, and I wanted to finish the hem nicely, so I made a 1 inch bottom band.
|I finished the closure with an upside down zipper. Not pretty on the inside, but it works perfectly!|
For the denim slacks I used my tried and true pants pattern: Simplicity 4401. To make them a little more versatile, I fashioned a bit of leftover denim into a removable overall flap. It is attached on the inside of the waistband with buttons. The pocket on the flap is made with the fabric lid-cover from a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino cocktail cherries.
|I call these my Luxardoveralls.|
|Forgive the blurry photos. I took these at 6am while getting ready for work!|
Hooray for patterns that require minimal fabric! The leopard bra-top below (Sew Lovely B70) was made with teensy-tiny scraps left over from the 60s leopard print top that I blogged about here. The red seam binding and red cotton sash fabric are both from the stash.
|Party in the front...|
|…and, party in the back too.|
|The denim slacks are the Luxardoveralls without the overall flap.|
That's everything that I made for this year's Tiki Oasis. There is one more dress that I made for last year but never blogged about. Since it went so well with the theme, I wore it again this year. I'll show you it in the next post.