Outfit for Eeyore’s Birthday Party!

gold outfit for Eeyore's Birthday Party 2017

After twenty years in Austin, this year I finally made it to Eeyore’s Birthday Party, the 54th one, in fact.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is just another one of those things that Keep Austin Weird. Eeyore’s Birthday Party started way back in the hippie era. Someone decided that Eeyore, the perennially sad donkey from Winnie The Pooh books, needed a bit of cheering up so a birthday party ensued and it has happened every year since. It’s basically a huge communal picnic where the proceeds from food and beverage sales go to benefit some twenty local non-profit organizations.

People just came and hung out. Impromptu drum circles and juggling and hackey sacking tribes formed. There was live music throughout the day. Reggae played on the P.A. in between bands. There was a costume contest, sack races, egg toss competition. People hung out with friends and family. Some, OK, many, consumed the wacky weed in its various forms. At times, the air seemed to consist mostly of pot smoke.

Everybody is encouraged to be in costume, though in many many instances, “costume” would consist mostly of body paint. It’s one of those events where if one is wearing any fabric at all, one is probably overdressed.

Always one to overdress, I went with a gold colored theme: a “Gathered Halter Shell” pattern (Dress Shop Pro), crop-top length, and an “A-Line Skirt” pattern (Dress Shop Quick Start, Deluxe, and Pro), micro-mini length, no front darts and no back darts, with a 25 degrees skirt flare.

I went with a gold color theme because I had made a gold lamé cowboy hat as part of a costume for an event last year and wanted to use it as the “anchor piece” for my outfit.

The halter top was another “wearable prototype” to further refine my Dress Shop measurements set. I used a gold metallic lamé knit. I went with a knit because I was in a rush and did not want to have to deal with a closure, and because a knit would be forgiving enough to compensate for any unforeseen fit issues as well as being more comfortable to wear. I used some remnant gold fabric for the top’s neck band as well as for the skirt’s waistband, to make the outfit look a bit more cohesive.

The skirt is from a semi-sheer gold metallic crinkly, crisp, lightweight polyester. In retrospect, I probably should have sprung for a better quality fabric that is more fluid. The crisp nature of the fabric made the A-line skirt behave in a slightly less than ideal manner, mainly that the A line would be pretty just that, an A line. The skirt resembled a funnel! I even tried adding a double thickness of 1/16″ polyster rope to the hem to give it some weight, but that did not help much. In spite of that issue, the skirt was still very wearable and good looking enough to garner multiple compliments during the day. So many people want to take their picture with me that I lost count.

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