Subversive Femme

Happy Mardi Gras and Viva Las Vegas

Well, I know technically the Sydney Mardi Gras was last weekend – but it’s taken me at least a week to recover.

This year’s Mardi Gras season was really hectic – mainly because Dykes on Bikes featured so heavily in a few things – we even got interviewed for TV!
That’s right, if you’d like to see yours truly being interviewed by Channel Ten you can watch our segment here…

But back to the Parade!
Jakk and I decided ‘Vintage Western’ was our theme this year, which meant some last minute sewing for me (and Jakk already having a complete outfit in her wardrobe to draw from).

Check out the Polly’s my friend is wearing – she looks fab!

I whipped up my entire outfit in the week before Mardi Gras (except for the shirt).

The shirt pattern is Smooth Sailing (from Wearing History), the gaucho pants are modified EvaDress Swing Trousers, and the bolero is cut from the Smooth Sailing Pattern.

I used a vintage 1950s pattern for a cowboy shirt to sew the western pockets with hand-made arrowhead tacks. I was going to post a photo of the pattern, but then I found a tutorial on Colette which explains it so much better.

My hat was just a cheapie one from Spotlight, and I wrapped cord around the edges to make it look more authentic – boy, I’d love to get a real one!

As for shoes, well, I’m yet to find cowboy boot that fit my calves so Minnetonka moccasins it is. Can’t wait to grab some more when I head to The States in a few weeks….

Wait, the USA! That’s right cats – we’re heading back for Viva Las Vegas!

And this year it’s going to be massive! LA-Palm Springs-Vegas-Chicago-Boston-Seattle-Yellowstone National Park-Portland-Seattle-Hawaii.

I hope I get to see some new and familiar faces as Viva – make sure you say hi!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    March 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Goodness me is your western ensemble incredible. If such were possible, my jaw would have literally hit the ground. Love, love, love!

    Wishing you an awesome time at Viva (I'll be there with you in spirit),

    ♥ Jessica

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    March 22, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I love the outfits, you guys look great. Congrats on the Project segment too!

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    April 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I love your outfits.
    I live in Seattle! What sights do you plan to see here?

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