Sewing the Sink the Pink Summer Ball. Part IV. Because if you’re going to wear a fake penis, gift-wrapping it is always a nice idea.

It’s not all sequins and harnesses in this sewing costumes gig you know. Sometimes it’s leopard print pvc, fringing and fake willies. It’s a drag show, what’d you expect? We’ll get to the genitalia in a minute. First, the bow, let’s not rush things, we’ve only just been introduced.

Xanadu inspired leopard print bow.

This was for Amy Zing, founding mother of Sink the Pink and all round sweetheart.

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It was a straightforward case of the chance to make a childhood dream a reality.  That reality involved wadding, fringe and pvc that left my hands gold and shiny like some kind of  reverse King Midas.

Back to the inspiration, do you remember Xanadu? Of course you do, if you need reminding have a look at this clip of the song All Over the World. At about 2:30 there’s a blonde woman hanging upside down from a clothes rail. She’s wearing a big yellow bow and hot pants. My 7-year-old self was impressed by her monkey bar skills but even more impressed by that outfit. I swore that when I was a grown up lady, THAT is what I would wear. All the time.

Go on, have a look at the clip. There’s even Gene Kelly on rollerskates.

I didn’t quite get the same look as Xanadu but I think Amy styled this out way beyond anything I’ve ever seen Olivia Newton-John in.

This was worn for the Gay Bar number at the Sink the Pink Summer Ball. It was beautiful, hilarious chaos.

Brace yourselves for a big fake willy.

Sink the Pink Summer Ball

I warned you. Too bad you didn’t even get see all the boobs I cropped out, huh?  You’ve come this far, go on have some more pics. See if you can spot where the rest of the leopard print pvc ended up. But you’ll have to sing a long, you’ll pick up the lyrics pretty quickly.

Sink the Pink Summer Ball

“You. I wanna take you to a gay bar. I wanna take you to a gay bar”.

At the gay bar.

Gay bar.

Sink the Pink Summer Ball

Gay bar. (there’s the rest of the leopard print!)

Superstar. At the gay bar.



Sink the Pink Summer Ball

Can you guess what happened next?


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------>
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