Friday, 17 April 2015

Vintage western at the Starliners 25th anniversary

Last night was the special 25th anniversary show for Australian western swing band, The Starliners. This called for westernwear, and the ladies certainly delivered... Come to think of it, so did the men! 

I wore a 1940s J Bar J western shirt I bought recently on ebay. It was pretty dirty and had a couple of flaws, but I took a chance and got it cheap. Lucky for me, the dry cleaner did an amazing job of removing the stains, and the only flaw now is one of the front snaps is missing a back. I just pinned it to wear last night, which worked fine. I haven't always been so lucky, but more about that later. 
Shirt and gauchos: Ebay. Belt: Target. Earrings: Forbidden Charm

The venue was absolutely packed... Even the band were short on space, so they performed in a line! It was great to see so much love for such a talented band.  

Space-saving Starliners 
There's only one Hank Ferguson!
Another highlight for me was seeing all the ladies representing Forbidden Charm in their holster earrings. It always makes me so happy! The winner of Best Outfit Effort goes to Michelle from Mikala Design (far left) who rescued this pink western shirt from the brink of extinction.

I bought the shirt in question for myself a few years ago, and it was another grubby-but-cheap purchase. It had vinyl horse head appliques on the front and back, which were a little stiff, but presentable.

Anyway, the shirt was so dirty, I had no choice but to have it dry cleaned. The fabric came up fine, but the vinyl appliques completely cracked and fell off. It looked terrible. I didn't know what to do with it, so I gave it to Michelle because I knew if anyone could save it, she could. Michelle chain-stitched new horses onto the shirt by hand, and added claw-set rhinestones too. Now that's dedication!

Hats off to you, Michelle... And here's to rescuing vintage treasures!

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