Handmade Americana Outfit

Earlier this year, Rich and I visited Taranaki to see my family and also to go to Americana with them, what is Americana you ask – well it’s a celebration of American cars – but also kind of 1950s American culture.

Seen as we were going to an event about all things American I wanted to make something new to wear and I knew I had the perfect fabric in my stash to make something. This American pin up girl fabric, featuring all kinds of military ladies, I bought this fabric a while ago at fabric-a-brac without any idea of what I would use it for (like 90 percent of the fabric I buy).

I decided to use this pin up girl fabric to make a Seamwork Jenna skirt, and make the Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s Book For Better Sewing from some large scale gingham.

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The skirt was a pretty easy sew, but the sizing was way off and the skirt came out huge, which has happened in the past with other Seamwork patterns so I should have known to size down!

The portrait blouse was an easy sew, but it took a while as I didn’t really have enough fabric to make the top, but I really wanted a red gingham top to go with my skirt so it involved A LOT of piecing the fabric together. I’m definitely planning on making more portrait blouses for our holiday to Hong Kong and Korea later this year when it will be VERY hot!

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Here’s that final outfit, I was really happy with the way it came out, I made an outfit specifically for really hot weather as Americana was back in February which is the height of summer and my parents who attend every year said it’s really hot.

I’d even bought a parasol to keep the sun off, however, this year the weather was over cast, and it was kind of raining (although we managed to avoid it when we were looking around the event).

There was such a huge variety of vehicles at the event, but my favorite were the creepy ones – obviously.

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During Americana we also took the opportunity to visit the Elvis Museum in Hawera, which is only usually opened by appointment only, but it’s open all day during Americana so we took the opportunity to visit and it was amazing.

The museum is owned by a passionate Elvis fan and collector, who is just so excited to share his collection with the world.

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