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My Tiki Dress

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Sunday, my Aunt and Uncle came to St Louis from Denver and my mom had a barbeque at her house so we could all get together for our annual visit. Olivia and I wore our matching tiki dresses. I took your advice and used Mrs. Depew's beach bustier pattern for the top and drafted my own skirt pattern. I also made a  matching bolero.My little stinker took off her dress so she could put on her "swimming soup" and I didn't get a chance to get a pic of her dress.

sew a plus size pin up tiki dress  
I debuted my lucite clamper and earring set. I love the seashells and gold sparkle in this set

vintage gold lucite clamper bracelet with seashells and matching earrings

 I also wore my silver Hibiscus brooch, which belonged to my Great Grandma Alma. During the 1940's and part of the 50's, my Great Grandparents raised their 3 kids in Hawaii and she bought this brooch when she lived there.When she passed last year, my grandma gave it to me.
carved fish wedge shoes
 I wore my carved fish wedges, a gift from Pj on our honeymoon in St Augustine, Florida. We were married 3 days after my 23rd birthday and left for our honeymoon right away. While exploring St Augustine, I saw these in a little boutique and fell in love so he bought them for me for me as a birthday gift.


Outfit
Dress-handmade by me
lucite bracelet and earing set-ebay
carved fish wedges-St Augustine, Florida on our honeymoon
assorted bakelite bangles
40's Hawaiian Hibiscus brooch-Great Grandma Alma



23 Responses to “My Tiki Dress”

  1. Looks great! You're such an impressive seamstress.

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  2. You did such a great job on the dress!!!! To bad we couldn't see you and your daughter being Twinkies.

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  3. As always a wonderful outfit - you pull the whole look together with such style. As for that gorgeous jewellery - the magpie is me is very jealous!!! x

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  4. Looking great! Love that fabric. That brooch is gorgeous! Your great grandparents- were they living in Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attack?? That must've brought on some memorable stories!

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    1. They moved after the attack, actually. My great grandpa had a military job so he went first. Great grandma followed a few months later with all 3 kids in tow. She had to take a train from St Louis to California then take a ship from Cali to Hawaii. My grandma was only a few months old and her two brothers were just little boys. Great Grandma said the ship was loaded with wives of military men and their children and it was a very long, awful trip! They lived in Hawaii for years, though. My grandma has lots of stories about growing up there, being one of the only white children in her school. The rest were Japanese and native Hawaiians. She visited her old neighborhood last year but it's all gone now. They've built tourist attractions and hotels :(

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    2. What a great story, Grandparent's rock, don't they?

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    3. How interesting! Your great grandma sounded like such a character and seems like she lived a long full life, so sorry you lost her!

      But I completely agree, stories from Grandparents are the best! I wish I would have taken advantage of that when I was younger. I treasure the time with them now!

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  5. You look fantastic..Love the dress..You did a great job with it.

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  6. You look divine darling! I love the shoes!

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  7. What a pretty dress-you did an amazing job! I wish I saw Olivia in hers-shes a fast one putting on her swimming soup hehehe so cute!! xox

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  8. Well done on the dress and bolero, they both look great! I love those carved fish on your shoes too...just adorable!
    x Molly

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  9. I wish I knew how to sew. You always make such nice pieces! :)

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  10. Awesome!!! The whole thing turned out great and the material is perfect!

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  11. The dress turned out SO pretty!! It's so cool to see the fabric in one of your post, and then a while later it's been transformed into a dress. And I love how you styled it. Would have loved to see Olivias dress too!

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  12. That's a lovely dress! So impressive for handmade - I doubt anybody can tell! And I adore the floaty glitter in your brooch.

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  13. You did a great job! I've always admired two piece tiki sets, but never found one in my size. You've inspired me to have a go at making one...I'll put it in line behind my othr sewing projects. Thanks for sharing it with us. xx

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  14. You did a wonderful job on the dress! I'm tempted to try to make my own as I've wanted one for FOREVER but they are always out of my budget when I find them.

    xo,
    Em

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  15. You look fabulous in your tiki dress & and I giggled at "swimming soup"

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  16. What an absolutely beautiful, excellently styled outfit. I adore the carved shoes, awesome jewelry, and your completely fantastic handmade dress (awesome work!).

    ♥ Jessica

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  17. WOW!!!! That dress looks fabulous on you!!!! So amazing! also I'm totally in love with your shoes! So cute!

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  18. Can I just say I love those shoes. Just in case you happen to unlike them one day what is your size? Just in case ;) My daughter calls her bathing suit her baby soup, nice to know I'm not the only one whose child goes swimming in a soup!! That dress is super cool. Wish I could sew like that.

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  19. The dress is gorgeous! You did a great job. I also love those shoes, stunning!

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