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vintage hawaiian teatimer spoonflower review

Hawaiian Hostess Tea Timer outfit

I’ve been loving 1950’s hostess sets for years – skirts over pants look so elegant and comfortable!

During Spoonflower’s last sale I nabbed some of this hawaiian fish design I’ve been eyeing off for ages and realised it would be perfect for making my hostess-set dreams come true. (The fabric I chose was the organic cotton sateen btw).

The print is by Muhlenkott, one of my favourite designers on that site. The top pattern is actually Butterick 6965 (c. 1955) but heavily modified.

vintage hawaiian teatimer spoonflower review
  • The shoulders were extended out
  • Changed the mandarin collar slightly by making the edges curved
  • Changed the front from seamed, to front closure.

The skirt was self drafted (just a gathered skirt really), with a simple press stud closure. The pants are my favourite Gertie pattern, Butterick 5895 made in red cotton stretch sateen.

vintage hawaiian teatimer spoonflower review

The frog closures are from Etsy, hair flower from Hawaii, and the gold wedges are Jamie, from Bait.

Overall, I’m really happy with how this outfit turned out and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of this fabric!

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    January 7, 2020 at 6:04 am

    This is such a nice set! and I love the pattern placement with the solid “stripe” (border?) in the middle, it works really well with the silhouette.
    And I would not have guessed it was made from the same pattern as your blouses too šŸ™‚

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      January 8, 2020 at 9:02 am


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    January 16, 2020 at 3:30 am

    Hi! Just found your blog! This is FABULOUS! Can’t wait to see more!

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      January 16, 2020 at 5:38 am


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    Claudia T
    February 27, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Love it! It reminds me of ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress).

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