It was 35 years ago today (or yesterday, or tomorrow, depending on when you’re reading this)…

What? You don’t know?

Mr. Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977. I had just turned 5, and I totally remember hearing the news. Hey, I grew up in Appalachia to an Elvis-lovin’ mom, so this was actually a big deal.

Anyway, love him or mock him, he’s part of our pop culture, and so I honor him with… a skirt.

Started out with a couple of groovy prints and New Look 6872.

It’s a fairly loose interpretation of the pattern. I mostly used it for the neat pockets. I made a simple elastic waistband instead of the nice wide solid interfaced waistband that the pattern calls for, so I didn’t need to bother with the zipper. It’s a really versatile pattern though, and I can see myself making various versions of it. Erin, aka Miss Crayola Creepy, made a downright adorable version a couple of months ago, and the lovely and talented Tracey over at Swell Sewing recently made this green slice of gorgeousness.

Here’s my interpretation

And of course Teddy’s gotta help

Just in case you need some Elvis-cation, watch this video. Enjoy the first few seconds of cool retro MTV bumper.

So did you learn anything?

Who built the pyramids?


Who built Stonehenge?


Don’t forget…

The Big E’s inside of you and me


Bonus shot from my Elvis resort wear collection:
I’m off to the pool with Elvis. Bye y’all!

34 responses »

    • Thanks so much!! I love it too. I even made a duplicate skirt for my bestie in Tennessee. And I’m working on wallets and makeup bags out of that fabric. Fun with thread and Elvis. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. It’s weird, but I can only remember Elvis dying because of the reaction of one of my school friends. I can’t remember her name, or anything about her, other than she was obsessed by Elvis (we were around ten or eleven years old). If she’d had a great skirt and fabulous pink shoes I might have remembered her better ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks!! I LOVE funky skirts too. It’s one of the biggest reasons I got into sewing. Such a fun way to express ourselves. I am SUPPOSED to be making fun purses and makeup bags, etc. for my Elvis-loving family and friends out of this fabric, but selfishly made this first. It was too fun and funky to resist.

  2. This post has me grinning like a fool! And also humming All Shook Up. I used to listen to my mom’s old Elvis records ad nauseum when I was a teenager. Love the skirt, and I think the King would definitely approve of those hot pink Mary Janes.

  3. Though I wasn’t yet born when Elvis passed away, I cannot help but feel a definitive twinge of sadness each year on this day, and wonder what his life would have been like had it gone on for many years/decades more.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my “Hyacinth” outfit, I really appreciate it, dear gal!

    โ™ฅ Jessica

  4. I don’t actually remember it because I was only 2 months old, but my mum sure loved Elvis. We grew up watching Elvis Movies every Sunday. It was my church. Great skirt, great prints. But didn’t’t you know? Elvis is still alive!

  5. Love it! Elvis was a big deal in my family too, although I admit I was *just* too young to have been around when he passed. Eek! We still play Elvis records at Christmas and love ’em. : )

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