Friday, August 26, 2011

a top a day - Saturday

I was so excited when I came up with this Helta Skelta design but was met by some blank faces when telling my girlfriends. It seems Helta Skelta's aren't very Aussie and nobody had any idea what I was talking about.

I still had to go ahead and make it though as I have always loved the old fashioned English fairground scenes and Helta Skelta's are such a romantic symbolism of these. I remember every fair I went to as a kiddie had the obligatory Helta Skelta and it was always red and white striped!

So I created my design with red and white striped fabric (no brainer), some vintage trim for the slide, some sparkly fairground sequins and a ribbon for the flag. Every item is appliqued (besides the sequins which are hand sewn) and secured with machined zigzag stitch.

Are there any Aussies reading this who knew exactly what this was or is it just an unrecognisable pretty design?


  1. Love the helter skelter, in fact seeing this has made me want to go on one, I haven't done so since I was a kid, so I hope it won't dissapoint once I finally get round to it. Being from Englan I can totally relate to this T-shirt, I love it xxxx

  2. i love it ! Reminds me of Brighton (UK), yes I'm an aussie who recognised it, but only because of the UK influence. Regardless it is stunning ! Well done. x