Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beauty School Dropout - BBArtisans Team Challenge

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, but it is also the BIG REVEAL of my Blogging Business Artisans Team Challenge project for July.  http://bloggingbusinessartisans.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-monthly-challenge-summer-lovin.html.

Jenny of A Bird in the Hand Art http://abirdinthehandart.blogspot.com chose the challenge theme:  Summer Lovin'.  The response to the challenge could be summer or love related, OR it could relate to the movie Grease.

Now Grease just happens to be one of my all-time favorite musicals!  If you haven't seen the 1978 film version starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, by all means rent it.  It is a must see.  My daughter's dance troupe did a production of Grease one summer, many years ago.  And even though I sat through many rehearsals, I never grew tired of the music.  Allison still has her Pink Ladies jacket, pictured below, stored in my closet:

One of my favorite songs from the movie was the ballad, Beauty School Dropout.  Frenchie, one of the Pink Ladies, drops out of high school to attend beauty school.  But a dreamy singing angel, Frankie Avalon, urgers her to turn in her teasing comb and go back to high school. (Image from fanpop.com.)

So, when I found this hair stylist fabric swatch from the Loralie Beauty Salon collection circa 2006, I knew that would be used somehow in my BBA Challenge project:

I decided to make a roomy 14" x 16" (35.5 cm x 40.6 cm) patchwork drawstring bag, with the hair stylist featured on the front.  The outer bag is a patchwork of 100 - 2.5" squares in black, pink and red.  I used Carolina gingham checks and polka dot fabrics from my scrap stash for a 50s era look.  The drawstring casing technique is one I adapted from a tutorial:  ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/09/tutorial-reversible-patchwork-bag.html.  The lining is a bold red and white polka dot print, and the bag could be reversible.  All the fabrics are 100% cotton, so the bag is machine washable.  I chose red "rattail" cording for the drawstrings, and sealed the ends with fabric sealant to prevent fraying.

My 24-year-old daughter, Allison, a DIY stylist, has accumulated a number of hair gizmos--curling irons, blow dryers, crimpers, straighteners -- not to mention brushes, combs, gels, mousse and goop to make her hair shinier.  This bag would be large enough to accommodate most if not all of that stuff.  Perfect for a hair-conscious teen or a recent grad heading off to college -- or even beauty school!  Or a thoughtful holiday gift for your favorite hair stylist.  This is a one of a kind bag.  I doubt that I will be able to find more Loralie swatches any time soon!

You can find this drawstring bag, and other fun and functional fabric stuff, in my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/105153470/large-drawstring-bag-hair-stylist-black.

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


  1. This is such a fun take on the challenge! I love it!

  2. Cute! I love the idea:)

  3. Now I have the song in my head! This is such a cool interpretation of the challenge.

  4. Your bag turned out GREAT! Bet you never thought this is how you would end up using this fabric; it really turned out well.

  5. Love the title--my first thought was that you went to beauty school and then I remembered the song. Great idea for the challenge.

  6. I loved learning so much about the story behind this bag! It turned out great. The fabric swatch is priceless, and I really enjoy all of the polka dots.

  7. What a fun bag! Great story, I love to hear about how people come up with their ideas.
    Everyday Inspired

  8. Wow! This challenge was perfect for you, for many reasons! Great use of the fabric.

  9. Great answer to the challenge!

  10. now that i have that song running through my head........no graduation day for you............

  11. Love your beauty school dropout-- she is quite the beauty queen! What a great challenge project!

  12. very impressive! a fabulous project! perfect for Allison! Your Beauty Queen centerpiece is simply wonderful!