Monday, 18 July 2016

Tiki Time with Burda 5/2011 #122

Ok, so I'm late jumping on the Tiki train, but now I'm well and truly hooked with the whole Tiki thing! 
So glamorous and fun, Tiki prints instantly brighten up the gloomiest day! 

Tiki prints are all over the repro vintage scene right now, but naturally I wanted to try my hand at sewing something up.

The fabric is the most important part and I couldn't find anything that I liked here in the UK, so I looked further afield and I found this fabric all the way in Hawaii, online of course from HawaiianFabricNBYond on Etsy. 
 I am so happy with the fabric that the shipping and customs charges were well worth it. 

It is a little more racy than anticipated, I admit, but I don't really have anything racey in my wardrobe, so it would seem I filled a gap I was unaware of.

This dress is probably the most complicated garment I have made for myself so far.
There is a lot of internal work going on that you can't see, to keep that bodice supported.
Don't skip the support! Support is very important! 

The faux sarong of the dress is very pretty. Difficult to see in the pictures due to the print, but it looks very cool in person. And it does give good tummy coverage too, so good for stuffing oneself.
The skirt portion was super easy to make and the effect is superb!

A proper wiggle style!

Outfit Details-
Dress- Me made from Burda Pattern 5/2011 #122
Shoes- Monsoon, very, very old
Bag- Vintage from Goodwood Car show 2015
Hair Flower- LadyLucksBoutiqueUK
Bamboo Bangle- LadyLucksBoutiqueUK
Earrings- Vintage dead stock, BowandCrossbones

The bodice is where the hard work lies! Particularly the tiny cups which naturally I had to make bigger than the pattern accommodated for. 
It went pretty well, took a couple of tries I admit, but I got there. 
This was the trickiest part of the whole project as I'm usually a 'jump right in and hope for the best' kind of girl, so I couldn't approach this project with my usual attitude. 

The cups did require some serious hand stitching, but I wanted to do everything properly and make sure that the bodice had amazing structure! 
Fact about me- I love hand stitching!!! Yay! If only I loved cleaning, Booo!!!

My first time working with boning, and the end result is really worth the effort!
I used pre cut spiral steel boning so I didn't need to faff with cutting metal, and sewed in pre made boning casings that are the right width to hold my boning in place. 
Thumbs up for those nifty time savers!

The final result is just as pretty on the inside as the outside. 
That has never been the case with my projects before and I am mighty proud! 

My first lapped zip, which was way easier to sew than I anticipated. And I added a zip guard, just because it looks super professional! 
It's all in the details!!

I am so happy wih these pictures! This dress came out better than I had dared to hope!

These pictures were taken in the greenhouse in Kew Gardens, which holds such good memories for me. The smell alone brings back such happy feelings from when I was a child with my Grandad, in Kew Gardens, eating Ploughmans sandwiches melted from the heat in the car. 
It is always nice to go back to a special place!




  1. Oh, wow! You look utterly fabulous, and very va va voom! Love the pattern, and I definitely think the fabric was worth the extra effort. Amazing work.

  2. Absolutely breathtaking Christina! The fabric, fit and finish is perfect and you wear it so well. You look totally gorgeous, very va-va-voom!

  3. Wow! You look stunning in your gorgeous dress! You've done such a fantastic job of it! Very inspiring :-) I actually have that pattern as well and have been searching in vain for the perfect fabric. I guess Hawaii is the obvious place to look when you think about it! Right, I'm off to look in that etsy shop, thanks for the link :-D

  4. This dress is gorgeous and you look absolutely stunning in it. I love all of the internal details, that's got my sewing geek juices going! I also looove hand sewing and hand finish literally everything I sew.
    The setting you've used is just perfect too. I always struggle with this being stuck in the countryside with nothing but fields, cows and sheep around me! xx

  5. This dress is simply stunning! I Love it! (yes, with a capital)

  6. You could make a fortune if you sold a dress like this, it's stunning! And you look stunning in it. Really good work :)

  7. What a great job and such lovely fabric. Working with the pre-cut and cased boning sounds like a great time saver. Nice job!

  8. So I looked in that etsy shop, and found the perfect fabric for my sarong tiki dress! I'm ordering it right now! Thank you so much for the fabric help :-D

  9. So beautiful! Wow this dress is amazing, all of that effort was worth it - you are so clever! Love the fabric choice and the fit is perfect. Love this location too x

  10. Wow, wow and wow again! This is one sizzlingly sensational tropical inspired ensemble. It's absolutely gorgeous and looks incredible on you, honey. I swear, I suddenly feel like going and slipping into one of my tiki party worthy garments, too. :)

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  11. Love a tiki dress! It may be a bit more racy than you intended but I think it's a happy error as you have the perfect figure for that type of dress. It looks amazing on you. The print is perfect too it looks like a very professional job. Ta for the fabric sourcing info too. :)

  12. Wow! That is some very impressive work and no wonder you are proud of it. The fit is stunning. And you look fabulous! You can certainly make racy work :)

  13. Tiki-tastic!! I am most impressed, that's a stunning dress. A bit racy, nothing wrong with that!! (I am now thinking I need a racy dress myself!!) I am so inspired by your creativity, keep it coming xx

  14. You are such a goddess in this dress! I do hope that you will take this racy number out for some tiki drinks, this is definitely the perfect dress for knocking back pinacoladas! Congratulations on successfully completing another fabulous dress, I can't wait to see what you come up with next :D