For those of you who have been reading Atomic Redhead for awhile will recall the treasure I came across back in January of 2012, a pantsuit made of Enchanted Tiki Room fabric. I learned from designer and former cast member, Kevin Kidney that in the mid-60s Disneyland not only sold mens shirts and ladies dresses in the delightful print, but also sold the fabric itself for guests to purchase and take home to make a one-of-a-kind souvenir. And today I got to welcome another homemade Enchanted Tiki Room garment into my home.
I received an e-mail from the owner of this dress, who had found my blog when doing research on the garment. She stated that the dress didn’t fit her, and she wished to sell it. But since it was such a unique item, she was curious as to the best way to sell it, and I promptly told her I would be interested in purchasing the dress. She sent my some wonderful pictures and the measurements, and we agreed to a price and soon the dress was headed my way.
The dress is a classic shift, with no shape, but extremely well made, complete with fabric covered buttons and pockets! I thought of putting in darts, but I hated the idea of altering something some rare, also noting that the darts would ruin the print. But a belt quickly solved the problem.
What possibly I love the most about this dress is that it has the label that was given along with the fabric for the guest to sew in after making the garment. My pantsuit lacked it.
It’s extremely comfortable too! We’re planning on going to Disneyland sometime in late September or October, and September 22nd brings the newly established Tiki Day at Disneyland, and this would be perfect for it!
Disneyland produced three different fabrics that were tiki themed. Two of which were the same print, but in two different color schemes, green (such as the pantsuit, which you can see in action here and here) and purple, such as this dress. The other was a tiki mask, skull and native print (viewable in the pantsuit entry). Now I just need to get my hands one a dress made of that third print. Anyone got one?