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!!!