Monday, July 4, 2011

it's a mod, mod summer!

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Next month, I'll be attending Costume College in Southern California, and there are plans to have a costumed pool party while we are there. I'm pretty prudish about showing off a lot of skin, so I floundered around for awhile trying to figure out what I could make. I finally took inspiration from an amazing piece of vintage terrycloth that I had picked up at an estate sale last year and decided to make a playdress from a 1967 Simplicity pattern.

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The tunic was a snap to put together and so fun easy to wear.  But I haven't worn a pair of shorts in at least 5 years, and I was getting some major cold feet about walking around the hotel in an outfit that looks like I forgot my pants!  So I decided to make up a pair of super-wide pallazzo pants to wear over the shorts when I'm not at the pool.  The pants pattern is from 1969, and I am totally in love with these things as well.  I think I need a dozen pairs to wear around the house (and do yoga in!)

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I think I had the most fun finding accessories to finish this outfit off.  The head scarf is such an easy way to fix my hair, and I think it'll look even better once I get a haircut so can do a decent flip with the ends.  I made the sash from a similar tunic pattern, and I'm not sure if I will keep that part as is, buy something else, or just wear the tunic with no belt.  That's the one part of the outfit that I'm not totally sold on.  I found the 60's blue-tinted sunglasses on ebay, and although I think they look a little silly on me, they are definitely fun, so what the heck.  The vintage rubber sandals are from etsy, and I also have a pair of big white hoops and a straw tote with flamingoes on it coming in the mail soon.  I can't wait to get it all together!

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I also had a lot of fun "antiquing" these photos.  I scanned some of my parents' old pictures to use for the border and for general color matching.  But I also wanted to show you some regular shots so you could see my psychedelic fabric in all its dayglow glory.  :)

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15 comments:

Debi said...

LOVE it! Love the photos and how they look like they are from the 60's!!! Fantastic!

Amanda said...

So fun! that fabric is great. Reminds me of one of my early sewing projects in Jr High. vintage fabric and vintage patter, worn with vintage shoes. yup I stood out in school.

Maggie said...

SO awesome! From the outfit to the photography!

Amanda said...

You have nice legs BTW

Samantha B. said...

that is ADORABLE! you look SO cute in it! the glasses are the perfect finishing touch :)

jubilima said...

You are the darned cutest thing on the planet. I can't wait to see this in person!

Sarah said...

Fantastic! You should sew more things from the 60s - it so flattering on you! Love the psychedelic colours and the big sunglasses :)

roselet said...

I'm not sure what you were worried about, you look great!

casey said...

So cute! :D I think you look fab--loving those palazzo pants especially. They look so comfy. :)

Jay said...

I am totally digging the pants! Love the playsuit, too. :D

Lauren said...

This is SO fun!!! It looks perfect!

Lyssa Kaehler said...

I used to read your blog way back in the 16th century days - just got bit with the costuming bug again last night and went back to some of my favorite sites. So awesome to see you still making fabulous things!

Cathy Raymond said...

You did an impressive job of making your photos look like real 1960s survivals. The outfit is really great, too. (I say this with a certain trepidation, since I was already alive, though very young, during that "period".) Thanks for posting these!

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

That's "far out Jen!" Such a fun way to bring the costume to the pool. ♥ it!
(BTW, long time no see- I just listed you on my blog roll)

Blanka said...

Gorgeous! Lovely outfit:)

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