Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Bombshell Sarong Dress

Dear Readers, could it be that Summer is almost over? Next week will usher in September, and on my side of the hemisphere the leaves will begin to fall. Well, let's just be honest. In Southern California we have two seasons, hot and cold. The leaves turn and fall in December!

As I've lamented so many times before, I am really falling in love with Hawaiian prints. Some of it due to the amazing dresses I see at the Record Hops and Vintage Events. And some from all the Tiki parties that the Fella attends.

I sat glued to my Instagram when all of you were at Tiki Oasis. It inspired me to really look deep into the depths of the internet for Hawaiian print items. Let's share some amazing dresses and affordable patterns I've found!

Now this says, "80's does 50's" - but, I think this dress looks more 40's with the kimono style sleeves. I think with the proper hair and bangles -- this dress could rock! And you really can't beat $40.00


An Alfred Shaheen for $75.00!!!! The catch? The waist is 24

One of my favorite vintage pattern sites, Evadress.com - has this popular style pattern for $18.00!



A really great pattern! Love this one. And a steal at $11.42

This Dress Pattern is on sale on Ebay and Etsy for $225.00!!! Buy the same pattern Here for $40.00. If you want to make it with the full skirt option - simply use another full skirt pattern you own, and attach it to the above bustier. Learning how to Frankenstein patterns together is essential!

What's your favorite dress silhouette?

16 comments:

  1. I have the second to last pattern and I want to make it so bad but I don't have a fabric that would look good with it. That and I'm afraid I'm gonna hate how it looks one me. I do want to make a few tiki/tropical inspired tops like the ones you made.

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    1. You can always make most of the dress in black and then the bottom part of the skirt in a dark Hawaiian. I always see black background Hawaiian print. Black is slimming, so you can go wrong with that :)

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  2. Why must that Shaheen be a 24" waist?!?! These are all great, but I am particularly loving that last pattern! ;-)

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    1. Oh I know. I think that is the ONLY reason why it's so cheap. I love the last pattern too.

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  3. I am disappointed to say that I only own one dress with Hawaiian/tropical print! I do love it though and plan on getting some more in the summer. I always go for the swing dress silhouette because I don't like my hips, but I think I need to be more adventurous and try a sarong style :D

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    1. You can try a Rango panty girdle. It'll suck your hips in a bit. Also, the tie over piece really helps conceal wider hips. You'd look so cute in a dress like this!

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  4. One of my friends found a Shaheen at a thrift store for $8! The lucky girl!

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    1. I've heard of such things! One day Stephanie, it'll be us! ;)

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  5. I saw that Shaheen on Etsy too - great price for anyone with a teeny tiny waist! :) I actually just received a Shaheen myself, yesterday, which is my exact measurements, and I got it for a steal! The funny thing is that when I bid on it, it didn't even occur to me that it was a Shaheen, I just really liked the style! :)

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    1. OMG! I have to see it! Make sure you post pictures.

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  6. How very, fabulously fun! I love vintage tropical prints, too, and always find I crave them most during the dog days of summer and the very dead of winter. To date, all of my vintage style tropical print pieces are 1980s does 50s (and some of them are surprisingly good dead ringers, so to speak), but I'd love to add some 40s and/or 50s pieces to my closet over time as well (if the thrift store gods feel like being on my side! :)).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Jessica, when I did the Etsy search of "80's does 50's", I actually LOVED the options! Some of it needed a light re-fashion, but I would wear most of it!

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  7. AHH you used my term!! "frankestein patterns" are the best!! haha

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    1. <3 Totally! I thought of you when I was typing it. :)

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  8. Love that first dress. I have so many 80s does 50s sarong style dresses you can beat the prices for them or the awesome prints for that matter.

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  9. I was looking for something elegant and classy at a good price. This dress is exactly that. I was super excited to try it on when I did it was stunning, the fit was perfect.
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