I know you’re in a last-minute panic about making something to wear to a holiday party. (Or maybe you’re not, because, like me, your office party is a lunchtime pop-and-chip potluck and your husband’s company is too cheap to allow spouses to their holiday party. Woop woop.) But if you are, Woman’s Day magazine’s December 1977 issue (55¢) has the answer: sparkling party tents!
In fact, you can make these with no sewing skills whatsoever. Just cut giant rectangles, fasten them around you randomly with small ties, and violà — instant party dress. Check out the line drawings of the patterns below!
I think if you’re looking for a pattern for a “tunic”, and you find one with a line drawing that is literally a square, you might just want to keep looking.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a one-off party dress that can double as a trash bag for collecting empty bottles and cigarette butts at the end of the night, this could be the one.
THANK YOU Woman’s Day for this awesome laugh. I mean, just look at that guy in the bottom picture above. He honestly doesn’t care that this woman is dressed in a sparkling sack…he is ready to PARTY and he’s got the rose-coloured glasses and bow tie to prove it.
Lest you’re worried about how to accessorize these lovely garments, the same issue provides directions for making this lovely necklace — OUT OF PAPER CLIPS. “Paper clips are glued solid and strung on braided satin cord…” I am screaming laughing.
Also thanks to my lovely neighbour who was chucking a whole stack of these old magazines and let me take them. Gold mine of memories of ads and products from my childhood.
7 thoughts on “Glamourous Gowns and Garbage Bags!”
😄 Lol!!! That Demi Poncho looks like a top I made in high school. I forgot to sew up the sides though. Quite a bit over exposure. 😳 I know it sounds crazy but I actually want that paperclip necklace. 😂
Lol! I’ll send you the directions! You could always try a dried pasta necklace as well. 😉
Lol!!! Oh no!!! That’s bringing back my childhood. That’s ok. I’m good on the dried pasta necklace. 😄
Thank you, Women’s Day, and thank you Frivolous! I own rose-colored sunglasses almost exactly like the dude in the last photo. Now I know who I’m channeling . . .
Please tell me you have a bow tie, too! lol
hhahah.. fab fab fab.. this is so funny.
All that time spent designing your pearl ring and you could have impressed us with a glued paperclip necklace! You might consider a regular post about this type of gem. I am a big fan of regrettable food: http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/