6.02.2014

la wrambette


the cry can be heard nightly, usually around 7pm, after dinner, when the cooler spring evenings settle in: WHERE IS MY RAMBO SCARF.


welcome to the first stop on the rambo tour!  seamstress erin threw this gauntlet out to several of us, and several of us were crazy enough to accept: she would send us each a length of fabric used as a turban in rambo III, yes, RAMBO THE THIRD, BECAUSE TWO IS NOT ENOUGH, which we would then refashion.

ruggy, i chirped, imma be part of a sewing challenge you wanna hear about it?  my man appeased me with his best listening face, which quickly turned to the true joy of a 14 year old boy whose friends have all come over for some D&D: you're getting an Actual Costume from RAMBO?!! over the course of a month this story has grown in direct proportion to the number of non-sewist friends who happen to ask what i'm doing in that realm lately. i let ruggy answer, it's more fun that way: so one of her blogging friends was like THE costume designer for rambo AND she sent her the outfit that sylvester stallone WORE!!!

actual story here at erin's joint.  soon, this tale will include stallone personally delivering it to me, on motorcycle.


judging from the ooh-ing and ah-ing i let loose with when my challenge arrived, sly might as well have handed it over on bended muscled knee.  this fabric!  so delicious!  so soft!  some actor wrapped this around his head and sweated in it for countless hours of shooting in blazing heat, sprayed by makeup with glycerin and dirt, and CLEARLY!  that combination produces the best fabric softener IN THE WORLD!


ruggy eyed it, and i quickly averted the near crisis of having to use it for, egads, MENSWEAR, by exclaiming, oh well, too narrow for a shirt!  washed it and proceeded to wear it.  daily.  wrapped around and over and under me like i was the caleesi....



it wasn't until this past saturday that i finally accumulated all the trim i needed to decorate it to suit a proper kalkatroonaan: 10 yards of braid, 4 yards of embroidered flowers, 20 yards of pearl rayon cord, 250 yards of thread.  6 hours of zigzagging, knotting and mathematizin’ later, i had my new and improved wrap: the wrambette.

i have no doubt my fellow companions in costume reconstruction will come up with far greater heights than this, and i will joyfully watch their reveals swaddled in my yardage!  


be sure to check them out over the next two weeks, and thank you erin for including me in what has produced one of my most worn “me-mades”, EVER.  courtesy of rambo.  whowouldathunkit.



ps: congratulations juliana, the randomizer has spoken, you're lucky number 88 out of 159 entries for the kate & rose giselle pattern giveaway! shoot me an email--the little envelope icon in the sidebar will get you there--and we'll set you up.  also, yes, those are me made jeans.  bella from burdastyle.  avec buttons.  YAY PFAFF!!!

45 comments:

  1. In a word, A. MAZE. ING.! Ok, I guess technically that was three... ;) A masterpiece, and a boozy tipo' the Gin teacup to you! :)

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  2. Fun and pretty! I see you are using your new machine...how do you like it so far? Oh, and in my blog tour this am (west coaster)...check out Cashmerette! She's in Ho Chi Mi...ehh...Saigon, garment district...shopping her way through fabric stores, she found a pre-pleated purple silk! OMG!

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    1. ooo yes, i've been following her adventure on IG, too. and hearting just about everything:)

      LOVE my machine!!

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  3. NICE! Love the braid and that you are prettying up such a testosterone sourced accessory ( is a turban an accessory ??!) I'd love to see sylv wear it as a turban now though, braids and flowers and mud and cam paint and sweat....oh er, sounds a bit like a weird fantasy !

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    1. i think, depending on the wearer, it can be anything from accessory to mandatory... it is quite the male item nowadays, i guess i did inject girlie into it!

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  4. That's a great upcycle! But don't you need a band around your forehead to get the full Rambo look?

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  5. Oooh soo pretty! And so Khaleesi, AND WORN BY RAMBO (well, close enough... ;-)) I love the gradually expanding story.

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    1. dammit i meant to spellcheck khaleesi!!!

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  6. Vroom vroom! Is that Sly I hear outside your window on his bike?! Loving the Oona take on this baby!

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  7. Fun story and beautiful scarf.

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  8. I love what you did with it!! Your so dang creative!

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    1. thankya shanni, tho i feel i didn't think very far outside the box on this one ;)!

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  9. You did good with the macrame knots! ;) I'm loving the scarf and all of the kalkatroonian embellishments!

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    1. there were a LOT more knots.... so much untying... this would be labeled as VERY easy macrame, lemme tellya.

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  10. You are clever! I would never have thought to make a scarf like this!!

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    1. i can't wait to see what you DID think to make!!

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  11. Awesome scarf aside!!! And it is truly awesome, I am gobsmacked at it's awesomeness. So creative! But those pants you are wearing. I have been dreaming of them for the past few weeks and in a an action that now guilts me intensely, went out on a made hunt to finally find a cloooooose but not perfect RTW pair on the weekend. I'd still rather make my own pair. Can you give me any details on your pattern or link to them in your blog? Big thanks in advance!

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    1. yes! these are the bella pants from burdastyle, but i removed the pleating & pockets. meant to link to them in that last l'il paragraph:
      http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/bella

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  12. LOL - Best sew along ever!

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    1. crazy, right? almost as crazy as fat quarters.

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  13. So I should have mentioned in my emails that after you're done with your part of the Rambo Project I want you to send the finished project back to me so it can be my most worn accessory. :) Love it dear!

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    1. HAHA! that would be rambo part seven!

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  14. damn, i wanna steal your scarf! looks spectacular, and what a story it comes with! and are these bella pants? i totally have to make similar pants for me.. and that scarf, obviously..

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    1. they are indeed bellas! i want another pair, made out of this scarf.

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  15. Only you could pull off a Rambo scarf. Only you , Marce...

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    1. just think how it would look with madalynne undies. (on you; not on me.)

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  16. What an interesting use of the turban! I love it! (I want it.)

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    1. thank you! i really couldn't bear to cut it.

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  17. Now, that's a wrap! Love the button up the front jeans too!

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  18. Bahaha, this is a great challenge! I'm glad you washed the fabric before you started wrapping around yourself as I've heard Rambo is a sweater.

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    1. we were warned it might be... abused... i loved it so much it was hard to put it in the wash!

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  19. 1 amaaazing story about this fabric and challenge and sylvester stallone. I laughed out loud. i am sure any of the men in my family or my entourage would behave the same. Actually I believe some would demand using it on their behalf. you made a lovely oh so wearable piece out of it.
    2 was wondering about the jeans, looks great.! want some.
    3 I won I won yaaaaaay! feeling as a man would feel if he got rambo fabric! yaaaaaaaaaaay! :D thanks oona <3

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    1. hahaaaa number 3 brings it full circle! congrats girl, you're gonna love that dress!

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  20. AWESOME! I have no other words (erm, except these of course!) to describe this scarf and the fim it starred (yes, starred) in!

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    1. we are *this* close to watching the whole series again :)

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  21. Yesssss!! I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say YOU DID RAMBO PROUD, GIRL :D

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  22. I love love love your idea!!! Not only is it beautiful but relatively simple and completely wearable and the perfect conversation piece, home run!

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  23. This is like the coolest challenge of all time - and seriously, what an awesome transformation! I adore your Rambo scarf!! :)

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!