The latest Tie One On Challege theme was Havana Nights and the inspiration for Amy Karol(challenge host) was the documentary Buena Vista Social Club. OK, I'll admit I didn't watch the movie, but I did check out a few clips on you tube and I did enjoy the music. However, my inspiration came more from the song "Cuban Pete"! So this is my interpretation of a Havana Nights apron...more of retro take on it, I suppose. I think it works!
Theme aside, can I just say it? I LOVE IT! I love it, I love it, I love it! Not braggin' cause there are soooo many things that went wrong! For example there's something like 12 feet (I exaggerate) of fabric wadded up into the waistband...so the waistband is a mess! BUT the ties are long enough that I can wrap them around and cover that up! Also, I thought I'd pull my hair out applying all that ric-rac and ribbon! ...and I used my seam ripper more times than I can count on this one. But isn't it FUN?
I had originally thought of using this fabric, but then I decided it was a little more Tex-Mex than Cuban. I read somewhere that red and white were traditional cuban colors, so I decided on the red and white fabrics instead. Still really wanting to use some of the cute girly fabric, I thought I'd just cut out one of the ladies on the print and applique' her to the finished skirt. Here she is, ready to go...But once it was finished, I realized there was no room among all those gathers and my little senorita would be just be lost. I'm saving her for another project.
One more look at the finished product! I think I'll go dance and twirl around the house now!