Oh my word, I still need to show you my already much worn, super loved, “Rockahula Vegas shirt”, pulled together last month. It’s made out of fabric I purchased at Karen’s Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango, referred to my team members as “Vegas” fabric. I also think it’s got something tropically Hawaiin kitsch about it, and therefore lovingly like to call it Rockahula Vegas fabric, as it makes me super excited when I think about it.
I have been hamming it up a bit, prancing around in the rare sunshine like an idiot during Me Made June.
This picture showcases the shirt & shorts from this pattern – 50s vintage .
Now I have a penchant for sleeveless shirts, & in my pattern stash I found the pattern above, New Look 6343 which in its time survived various iterations in floral cottons of various descriptions (about 15 + years ago). I also used to love wearing them with shorts – just not such stylish ones! Anyway, the vintage pattern , need I say, surpasses the 90s New Look. Let’s find out why.
First & foremost it has to be the shaping. The 50s pattern uses fine pleats, much like Colette Pattern’s Sencha to shape the waist area, creating not only the cutest peplum, but also a really attractive blousey-ness.
Actually, the shaping of this blouse is truly divine. I haven’t yet worn it with the peplum out, but I imagine it will look very sweet with my capris. Tucked in, it’s a huge success.
I’m not sure how much you can see from the picture above, but not only does it show the adorable tilted curved pocket (such a pretty detail- it’s set at a 45 degree angle) but can you also see that the collar does not have the “double revere” finish? The collar edges meet right up to the blouse front edge to create a much more streamlined pointed shape. And check out the buttons … pink glittering crystal hearts! Now the pattern only called for 3 & despite following the placement faithfully, it needs more. More have since been added. One other detail I customised was the armhole facing, preferring to create a self bias facing instead.
So, here it is on its first outing, being worn with the denim Beignet for Me Made June. (note the Beignet also has crystal sparkly buttons too- double Barbie shimmer!) It was a perfect match & was also worn to the Morrissey gig on June 30th (I thought he deserved some rock-a-hula action in the crowd)
This outfit inspired me to make some accessories to match. Enter the rockahula headband …(on badger hair!)
I also made a necklace to go with it specially with some wowzee rose beads I picked with this in mind.
I added freshwater pearls and interspersed some of them in some fancy chain. I also glued some of the pale pink roses onto clip on earring backs, but the glue hadn’t dried in time for this particular outfit premiere.
Finished it off with one of my handmade rings ..
Anyway, the blouse itself took hardly anytime to make & I know I’ll make it again. I will however make sure that the fabric I choose is just as amazing, because that is a large factor in how much I adore this blouse – it rocks my hula!