Monday, 21 June 2010

Ta-Dah!


Up at 5am this morning and in a state of creative frenzy I decided to make my flamingo raincoat. The original dressmaking pattern didn't quite fit the fabric so I used a 1970 Le-Roi poncho pattern instead.


The shower curtain was quite easy to work with, I used a fine grade needle on the machine, Gutermann's polyester thread and zig-zagged the edges to prevent any fraying.


I added the tab at the collar to make the poncho more water tight and finished it off with a pair of green 1940's bakelite buttons snaffled from a vintage dress.


Check out the back.


I couldn't resist making a matching rain hat......

....not that I'll need it (fingers crossed) as the Glastonbury Festival's going to be red hot and bathed in glorious sunshine.

Cowboy boots? Oh yes! Veterans of at least 10 music festivals. Not the most fashionable of footwear but comfy and non-sweaty and just think of what's going to be squelching between your toes in those infamous Glasto porta-loos.

38 comments:

  1. oh my goodness. your raincoat is so awesome! xxx

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  2. That is amazing! What a great idea to make it out of a shower curtain, genius. You are a very talented lady!

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  3. Hoping that your raincoat isn't needed this weekend nor any wellies to contend with the infamous mud.

    Oh the portaloos - gross - we get dropbogs @ Latitude, they are an experience!!

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  4. I think it's fair to say that NOONE will have an outfit like yours.

    The hat with plaits is so cute!

    Bakelite buttons. I love the feel of Bakelite. Those old 'phones. Mind you, it did smell nasty. Do your buttons smell offensive?

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  5. So clever! I love it, and I love the hat, too! Nice touch! Aren't you talented!! XO!

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  6. wow!! cant believe u made that - its a stunner!! u are goin to be hotter than Kate Moss this year at the festival...

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  7. Dear Vix,
    Yup as I thought, you’ve made me really rather jealous now!
    That rain poncho is STONKING indeed; I love it & want it, so please find another shower curtain so that you can make me one too…my birthday is in September you know ;)
    Seriously though it is so splendidly unique & funky, it cannot fail to spread a lot of joy at Glasto should you have to wear it.
    A work college of mine is also heading to Worthy Farm & as he is a Glasto virgin I’m currently in the process of ordering some sunshine for you’s all and I sincerely hope the weather Gods will make this happen ;)
    …xXx

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  8. i keep thinking of your charming house and your funky, trippy style. you are so much fun! we could have a sewing slumber party. our sewing machines could swap stories, watch movies and eat popcorn!

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  9. Check you, just knocked up a coat and hat!! You clever thing they are fab,I love the flamingos on the back it looks awesome, but in the nicest way I hope you don't need it and have fab weather!
    Kandi x

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  10. Do you know what I'd what it to rain if I had that get up!! amazing! I had a bin bag first glasto, although I did customise my wellies, fringed tops and pink nailish daisys. :)

    X xx

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  11. You are absolutely fearless, Vix! If Mrs Prada could see your fabulous design (the hat, the hat, I looooove the hat!) she would surely nick the idea from you! xxx

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  12. I love the print on the raincoat and hat - it's so fab. xx

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  13. This is brilliant! How long did it take you to make? Fingers crossed you won’t need to use it – but you’ll sure stand out in this beauty! If I was going to Glasto this year, I’d keep my eyes peeled for the poncho!

    Lou x – craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  14. LOVE the poncho work it girl


    Anna Katrina
    http://passportglamour.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh you did a splendid job! And the hat is brilliant! Did you use a pattern or wing it? I hope the weather holds out for you but a little part of me thinks it would be a travesty not to get to wear the poncho.

    xx

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  16. I love it!! and your matching hat, such a great idea. Hope you don't need it for this weekend (i would still wear it though) xxx

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  17. OMG! It's fan freakin tastic!!!! I am ADORING it!So pretty,and funky,and with a matching hat!Heavenly!!How can you NOT have a great time with that up your sleeve for crappy weather!You ARE a star!
    LOVE HelgaXXX

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  18. I !cking love it! And as always you wear it so well.x.

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  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are so clever and gorgeous! And Sabine is so right!! Bet everyone will stop and ask you about it BUT... I too hope you don't need it... wear it just for the Fab factor! xo

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  20. oh wow.. now that is totally rad!! great idea! :D

    Animated Confessions

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  21. The back print, the hat, just the fact it is a poncho... I love it all. Mightily talented lady

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  22. Ok when I commented on the last post I didn't think I'd see it so quick. I looks great. Cool and quirky. What a fun way to keep dry but as you say hopefully you wont need it. x

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  23. AMAZING! Perfect for Glasto! Will still have my fingers crossed for no rain for you!!

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  24. i just love it! and perfect for glasto, so i'll keep my fingers crossed so that you shoulnd't use it! enjoy the festival as well!!!

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  25. Oh, Blogger ate my comment. How rude! I think I said something along the lines of being deeply in awe of your hat making skills. The poncho is just glorious.

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  26. AAAHHHH this is sooo cool! And def unique, well done you :)

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  27. Something is not quite right with your blog; been trying all afternoon to leave a comment.... Please make a raincoat for me, will you? You are so creative, my lovely, and this raincoat is chic, too;-)

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  28. this is so cool! i love the look on you :D

    Love,
    vintage-birdy.blogspot.com
    {no, it's not about birds}

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  29. wow! this looks like a painting/picture!! so cool! so creative!
    xxjess

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  30. AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love pink flamingos! You are so talented!
    I gotta make better friends with my sewing machine ;)

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  31. aaaah, thats amazing!! i LOVE flamingos! x

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  32. Wow! Talented. I can nver find a rain hat here in the states.. I usually wear a beret, but your rain hat! KILLER!

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  33. Wow love this, soo very creative. Hope you're enjoying Glasto, and at least if it does rain you'll look incredibly chic!

    Charlyx

    http://x-whatioretoday-x.blogspot.com

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  34. this is perhaps the most fabulous raincoat ever. love the colors of it and it's so vibrant! can't believe you made it... would you mind sharing where you found the pattern? i'm trying to do something with my bubble umbrella fabric that died :)

    <33 [v] hobovogue

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  35. I LOVE Glastonbury!!! I was at the festival last summer! I hope to go next summer, I live in Sweden you see :)

    hope you'll have a great time at glasto!!

    Our brand new blog, and our first. Take a peek.
    www.apieceofcrapdepartment.blogspot.com

    best regards from Sweden

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