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DIY Denim

Do you have pairs of jeans or denim jackets, and find that you aren’t wearing them as often anymore? I decided to make some changes and up-cycle my denim to portray more personality. Here are some different ideas to make your denim extra fancy and express yourself!

1.Denim Jacket with Tulle Hemline

I purchased this jacket already like this, but this an easy DIY project. This denim jacket has tulle added to the bottom and bling badges pinned. All you need to do is purchase tulle and sew it to the inside of the hem of the denim jacket. You can sew on as many layers of the tulle depending on the look you desire or you can gather the tulle and sew along the hemline.

2. Painted Denim

If you are a talented artist, or know someone who is, then you can paint on your denim! Make sure you draw your image first, using fabric pencils. Then with fabric paint you can go ahead and paint your desired image. You can do basic images or fancy depending on your preference. Be careful to never iron straight on the paint.

3. Iron on Transfers on Denim

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If you’re not too artistically skilled, another option is to purchase an iron-on transfer. You can find many excellent retro inspired designs online. Follow the instructions, but most just require ironing upside down onto the fabric. Be careful to never to iron straight on the transfer, when ironing your denim, as it may melt!

4. Patches on Denim

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You can purchase retro patches and sew or iron them onto your denim. Patches are an easy and affordable option to decorate your denim, and there are so many designs to choose from online, at markets or sewing shops.

5. Embroidered Denim

Embroidery is a super fun DIY if you already have the skills, or are willing to learn! There are plenty of online videos and tutorials making it easy to learn. I am planning on embroidering cherries on a pair of denim capris, so check out my blog in the next few weeks! Some sewing machines also have embroidery functions.

6. Fabric on Denim

Retro fabric can be sewn onto your denim, for a fresh look! To make it look professional I like to sew the fabric along the sewn sections of the denim, such as collars, pockets or the back seam of the jacket, like above.  Place the fabric over the area you want to sew it on, and cut it about 2.5cm bigger. Pin it to the area while tucking the edges under, for a tidy edge. Now you’re ready to sew! Try sewing as close as possible to the fabric edge. With excess fabric you can also make matching headbands, scarves or bags.

Double denim was big in the 1950’s, and I have achieved this look by sewing the same fabric on denim pants and jacket!

I hope this inspires you try up-cycling your old denim items. You can even purchase second hand denim from op shops, markets or vintage clothes shops to try out your DIY ideas. Send me photos of your finished products, I would love to see them.

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Guide to Shopping Rockabilly

My aim is to help people that are just starting to love and wanting to live the rockabilly way.  Here are some of my favourite labels that you can look out for when wanting to purchase a Rockabilly outfit.

  1. Lindy Bop  https://www.lindybop.com.au/ – Lindy Bop has stunning rockabilly dresses and skirts. They have such a wide and stunning range in traditional styles.
  2. Kitten D’Amour https://kittendamour.com – Kitten D’Amour have gorgeous rockabilly dresses, skirts and tops. You will adore visiting their shops, they are so glamorous and full of great accessories to accompany all your outfits.
  3. Hell Bunny https://www.facebook.com/hellbunnyclothing/ – Hell Bunny have a great variety of rockabilly dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. This is one of my very favourite brands to buy. I just love their 1940s inspired dresses, they really suit my body shape.
  4. Sourpuss https://www.sourpussclothing.com/ -Sourpuss would also be one of my favourite brands. They have great diner style dresses that I just love! They have a huge rockabilly variety in pants, skirts, dresses and tops. Sourpuss have great Christmas dresses and a variety of Halloween dresses and skirts. I have purchased a few as I love dressing up for special occasions.
  5. Liquor Brand https://www.sourpussclothing.com/brands/liquorbrand – Liquor Brand have some really unique and stylish tops and dresses. They also produce great rockabilly handbags. One of my most worn outfits in wintertime is their cherry print top and leggings that I accompany with my black pinafore dress
  6. Dangerfield https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ -Dangerfield have great rockabilly dresses and skirts with different prints being released each season. These are great choices as they often make matching cardigans which mean your dresses can also be worn in winter time with a cardigan
  7. Revival https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ – Revival also have great dresses in 60s or 50s style. They are really cute and in adorable prints.
  8. Princess Highway https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ -Princess Highway do the cutest prints in their rockabilly dresses and skirts. I have so many different styles in this brand and there is new prints coming out each season.
  9. H&R Hearts https://www.handrlondon.com/ – I don’t own any items in this brand but I investigated the brand online and there is some really pretty rockabilly dresses to choose. I might have to purchase one! Lol
  10. Collectif https://www.collectif.cpo.uk/ – Collectif are another brand that produces gorgeous rockabilly dresses and skirts. I have a few of their items in my wardrobe, mainly tops and skirts but they are great to accompany some of my outfits.
  11. Voodoo Vixen https://www.voodoovixen.co.uk/ -Voodoo Vixen is another glamorous brand with designs by Micheline Pitt. She produces great T-shirt’s that I have a few in my wardrobe. She also designs lovely tops, skirts and dresses and produces a great makeup range to add to your pinup look.
  12. Banned https://www.bannedapparel.co.uk/ – Banned Apparel is a fun brand for rockabilly dresses and skirts. This brand has a lot of other styles available but it does also accomodate rockabilly styles.
  13. Chic Star https://www.chicstar.com/ – Chic star release great pencil skirts for a rockabilly look. I own a few and I find they are great for working in the office. They look professional while still keeping your rockabilly look. They also have great 50s full skirts and dresses.
  14. Steady Clothing http://www.steadyclothing.com/ – Steady clothing accomodate men and women’s rockabilly clothes. They also have a range of rockabilly bridal dresses, if you need one.

 

I hope this helps you find the dress brand that best suits your rockabilly taste. Let me know your favourite brand or any brands not listed.

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Christmas Rockabilly Style

There are so many events to attend at Christmas time, do you find it hard to pick an outfit? Why not go for an outfit in a Christmas theme. There are some great rockabilly dresses available for Christmas.

Hell Bunny Nevara Dress

Hell Bunny Candy Dress

Hell Bunny Blitzen 50s Dress

Above Hell Bunny Christmas Dresses

Lindy Bop Bertha Deer Border Print Swing Dress

Lindy Bop Lovi Poinsettia Floral Swing Skirt

https://www.lindybop.com.au

Here are some of my Christmas Dresses / skirt:

The top one is the Hell Bunny Blitzen, the next I picked up in a Salvos store but it has no label, following is the Hell Bunny Nevara Dress, the next is my favourite Sourpuss Christmas Kewpie Dress and the bottom one I found in St Vinnies.

You can find other items like Christmas T-shirt’s, bags, badges, jumpers, and more to add to your own everyday outfits. This can add to your Christmas feel.

It just adds to the feeling of Christmas to wear a gorgeous Rockabilly Christmas Dresses. Do you wear Christmas dresses? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Chromefest 2018

On the last weekend of October, I attended Chromefest, held over 3 days at the Entrance.

On the Friday the Chromefest starts with the arrival of all the classic cars. There was over 400 show cars to admire and take photos. On Sunday there were also retro caravans displayed. Below are some of the photos that I took:

There was a retro market with a lot of stalls to make special purchases including: Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Rainbows n Fairies, Plus Size Pin Up, Koolcarz T-shirt’s, Leo’s Vintage, Bread and Butter Vintage, to name a few. I made some cool purchases too!

Then there was the entertainment featured on two stages: DJ Jimmy D, Matchbox, The Hitmakers, Mr James Band, Midnight Drifters, The Hellcats 3, The Rattlesnakes, Jumpin’ Juke Box, The Lincoln’s, The Class of ’58, Itchy Fingers and Elvis tribute artists. There was also the Sydney Swing Katz performing the Charleston, Swing, Lindy Hop and Rock’n’Roll. They were enthusiastic and so professional!

There was a kids zone for kids to enjoy.

Vintage glam workshops were being held. A vintage glamour fashion parade was held that anyone could enter.

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There was also the annual Pin Up Australia Competition Finals.

Pinup Doll Finalists

This is a national pinup competition run by pinups for pinups. The pinups compete in 3 sections ‘Pinup by Beach’ celebrating The Entrance, ‘Pinup by Hotrod’ celebrating hot rods and ‘Pinup Star’ celebrating pinups through history. They also work for three months raising funds for ‘Share the Dignity’. ‘Share the Dignity’ gives sanitary products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims. Both are very worthwhile causes!

The whole Chromefest experience is really enjoyable and well worth attending. My husband and I absolutely loved the whole experience!

Have you been to Chromefest? Let me know what you thought, I would love to hear! I found it to be a fantastic weekend and I will be back next year. If you haven’t been then try to get to Chromefest 2019. Check it out at http://www.chromefest.org or Facebook.com/chromefest

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Tiki Safari

On Saturday, my friends and I went to the Tiki Safari held by Barfly Promotions, the makers of the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market

at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville.

The Factory Theatre Marrickville

It was a fantastic afternoon and night! The event is held annually at the Factory Theatre, however it was my first time. What a great place to hold an event, with three levels and an outdoor area!

At the Tiki Safari

There was some fantastic stalls, including Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Heart Shaped House Vintage, Bred and Butter Vintage, Beyond the Sea Swimwear, Shramek Art and a Tiki mug stand.

I purchased some great items too: leopard capris, green ‘Dolores’ top, retro salt and pepper shaker, tribal doll and a few hair accessories.

And food stands, including Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co, which was delicious, or a chicken and chips stall.

Bovine & Swine Barbeque Co

There was fantastic performers, including DJ Andy Travers, Los Monaros, Hellcat III, Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers, DJ Rod Almighty, Pat Capocci, DJ Jay Katz , Rosa Maria and Thurston Howlers…. and you could not resist dancing along! It was fantastic live entertainment!!

Hellcat III

Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers

Roda Maria

Thurston Howlers

There was a Tiki Fashion Parade too, full of gorgeous retro tiki outfits.

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It was a fantastic event, and we will definitely be back next year. Can’t wait!! Have you ever been to the Tiki Safari or something similar? Let me know about you experience.

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Round She Goes Fashion Market

Last weekend I went to my absolute favourite vintage market at Marrickville Town Hall… Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market.

Marrickville Town Hall

It is only $2 for entry and there are 60 women’s vintage fashion stalls to shop in. There are so many really great buys! The market is held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Inside the Sydney Market

I bought so many great buys, and my daughter and friend did too. It is a really great day for vintage shopping.

I purchased a lucite handbag, black go-go boots, retro dress and yellow petticoat

My daughter purchased 3 vintage dresses, 2 pairs of retro pants, 2 funky earrings, and a retro Western shirt

My friend got a jumper, retro bag and top and a crop leopard print jacket.

As you can see, we all did really well with all our purchases and we didn’t have to spend a fortune either! It is really a great market to find some excellent and rare items at excellent prices.

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The next Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market is on again at Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday 20th October. It is really one of the best vintage fashion markets that we have ever been to. Some really excellent and rare items are waiting to be found and at excellent prices. If you love vintage fashion shopping then you really shouldn’t miss it. I know that I will be there.

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Bodgies and Widgies

I was talking to my Mother and she began to tell me about the Bodgies and Widgies youth culture from the 1950s. My dad was a Bodgie and she was a Widgie. It sounded really interesting so I had to investigate it further.

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Bodgies and Widgies

The males were known as Bodgies. They grew their hair long and wore satin shirts. Pink was commonly worn by Bodgies, despite still being seen as feminine. Often their attire included very long keychains and later, included moccasins and American drape suits with pegged pants. James Dean was a major style influence who inspired the Bodgie fashion. Typically working class, their interests included alcohol, girls, music and cars.

The females were known as Widgies. They cut their hair short and wore jeans, tight slacks, 3/4 length pants or dresses and bobby socks if they went out, like to a dance.

The confusion was arising between the sexes of the Australian youth. They would regularly frequent Kings Cross and Paddington Milk Bars and were associated with the inner city suburbs. Both my parents grew up in the inner city suburb of Paddington.

Outfits of Bodgies and Widgies

Many in society resisted the Bodgies and Widgies and this created tensions through the generations. The older generations felt the young dressed in strange new clothes and jive-danced to loud music, rejecting the values of their parents generation. This triggered moral panic in Australian society. Police seemed to crackdown on these youths and it sparked numerous exaggerated headlines.

Sydney Newspaper article on Bodgies and Widgies

There were different names for the Aussie Bodgies, some called them Teddy Boys, Rockers, Cafe Racers, Greasers or bikies.

They listened to music like Australian artists Johnny O’ Keefe, Digger Revell, American 50s and jazz music.

Bodgies

Widgies

There was often rivalries between the Bodgies and other subcultures like mods, surfies and skin heads.

Many grew out of it, but some didn’t.

How interesting would it be to step back in time and witness this generation!

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