My parents did a good job with our names (Mr. Tiny seems like a bit of an unconventional choice but when you see a beatific, little, infant male, "Mr. Tiny" starts making a whole lot of sense). Mary in particular works with so many puns, plays-on-words, rhyming couplets, etc. Not only that, but how many songs are written for and about "Mary" - answer, like a million.
"Mary's A Grand Old Name" - Tom Burke
"Mary, Mary" - The Monkees
"Mary, Mary" Run DMC
Along the way in my highly-sordid and meandering career path, I worked for a large retailer that had a unique relationship with the Finnish fabric manufacturer, Marimekko. For those unfamiliar with the company, Marimekko was founded in 1949 as a maker of oilcloth. The company switched gears rather quickly and really took off when the fabric designs (heavily influenced by a mid-century Scandinavian aesthetic) were printed on sturdy cotton and turned into a small line of dresses and skirts.
|A sample of early Marimekko apparel from the book, |
Marimekko, by Marianne Aav
|Designer, Maija Isola's Unikko by Marimekko|
This iconic floral is probably their most
well-known (and imitated) design.
Marimekko's international popularity blossomed in the 1960's when their oversized, mod patterns
became part of the American domestic landscape with table linens, dishes, decorator fabric, clothing, and even toys.
|I love this one!|
Other Marimekko prints
I guess that all of this information is the most circuitous and roundabout method of telling you about "Mary-mekko," the Marimekko outfit I made for Mary. Last weekend we took part in a top secret mission that "required" a new outfit for Mary. All I can say is that there was a VERY loose theme - 50's, tiki, pool party.
To be perfectly forthright, I have never used purple much in my designs; it is one color that just doesn't appeal to me as much as the rest of the spectrum. Thusly, this particular length of material had languished at the bottom of my fabric hoardings for many years. The tonal purples (none of them a rich, bright purple) and the awesome print, however, made this material a definite winner in my book. Moreover, I knew (in the sick way that hoarders are always able rationalize their behavior) that this fabric would one day come in handy and make the perfect outfit.
|Inspired by a top that was recently made by my friend|
Lauren at Wearing History, another pattern that I altered to
make her a top for VLV, and the very brief period
of time I was alloted to accomplish this project
(about 5 hours), this is the "Finnish-ed" product -
a ruffled, crop top and a gathered skirt.
|She carried a large, vintage rattan basket purse that I threw|
a fabric medallion/flower adornment on right before we walked
out the door.
When the time comes, I'll be able to show & tell a little bit more about our secret mission. Until then, Mahalo from wacky tacky!