The Tipsy Tea aftermath and chaotic life afterwards


Wow! Time can really get away from you. And, it appears that my sewing has really taken off this year, because I already have another finished project. It seems like I just finished my 1910’s Suit, and was starting my 1950’s Tipsy Tea dress, and now it’s a couple of weeks after the tea. This project flew by, granted I did cut out one step. Instead of making my crinoline this time around, I opted to save time and cut stress by ordering one from Amazon. After the mix up I had with that, twice, I’m not sure it cut out the stress. lol. But, I’ll get to that in a minute. As far as my dress, I loved it. And, we had a total blast with everything we had planned.

Lily, PJ, me and Elma
Lily, PJ, me and Elma

Don’t I look so thrilled in the photo above? lol. We were trying to hurry up and get photos done, as it was getting ready to pour down rain. For the Tipsy part of the Tea, we went to the Grass Skirt Tiki Room in downtown Columbus. Our previous favorite spot, The Jury Room, closed last year after it change ownership. That was really sad of a couple of levels: 1) because it was our favorite little historical spot to visit for a couple of drinks, and 2) because it had been the longest, continuously operating saloon in Columbus, having opened in 1836. But, I think the Grass Skirt Tiki Room has become our new favorite.


It is the perfect spot for our 1950’s theme, full of 1950’s Hawaiian kitsch. They even had a fake lava wall! How cool is that? The drinks were awesome, and the appetizers were just a good.

Miss Elma
Miss Elma

We arrived just before 1 pm, and seated ourselves. The bartender was thrilled to see us. She said that Saturdays were normally very slow, and we livened it up her. As we talked with the bartender, we explained that we like to dress up in different eras for our yearly outing, and she was excited. She told us that we were more than welcome to visit again, in any era costume.  She even pulled out the big, fanned back wicker “Party” chair for us. Miss PJ claimed it, and we dubbed her our Luau Queen.


Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see. It’s one of those places that you could visit a dozen times or more, and still find something you missed all the times you were there before.


They even have a patio for warm weather, and it has a volcano. We did not make use of the patio as it was way too hot that day, and it did rain, horribly. lol.


Every time we neared the door to leave, it would just start raining harder, forcing us to sit back down at our table. Not that we minded terribly, we were all have a great time, and really didn’t want to leave anyway.


All of the drinks were served in really cool Island and Tiki themed glasses. They even sell some of them as souvenirs. Elma’s drink was served in a really cool shark cup, and she purchased one to take home. I told the bartender that I wanted the most turquoise colored Tiki cup they had, and she delivered. PJ bought a really cool green alien Tiki cup as her souvenir.


After we finished up at the Tiki room, we headed back to my house for our luncheon. We had thought about heading over to the Ohio Historical Center, as it was opening day of the Ohio Village, but decided to skip it due to the “rain delay”. lol. Besides, we just couldn’t wait to dig into all the delicious food we had waiting.


Once we got back, we did a few quick photos on the deck of everyone’s costumes, and then changed into more comfortable, modern clothes so we could eat. After we ate, we lounged around for a bit with some vintage cocktails. We all had a blast, and it was some much needed girl time, with some much needed cocktails. After a while, our newest member had to head home, so we packed up leftovers for everyone. Then, the rest of us headed back to Miss PJ’s house for more cocktails, dinner and some fun in the backyard. Of course, we decided to set up PJ’s tent, and the sky decides to open up and soak us and the tent in the process. We bailed two full buckets of water out of the tent once it was up. We tossed in the air mattress, turned on some music, and relaxed until late.

Now, for my dress. I used Butterick B6055. The bodice design was very close to the last 1950’s Retro pattern I used from Butterick. I think that was part of the appeal for me. The fabric I used was from Gertie’s retro collection. I normally go with solid colors and avoid prints, but I decided to step outside of my comfort zone on this one. And I loved it. I did buy the tulle needed to make my crinoline, but with the last minute time crunch, I let me fingers do the walking, and found one on Amazon for about $12. PJ and Lily decided to order with me. I also purchased nude colored fishnet stockings, tea length gloves, vintage style pumps, and a vintage styled clutch. I had planned on making a new hat, but things got a little to busy, so I just used the hat I made for my last 1950’s dress. As for issues, I didn’t have any issues with the pattern, it was all with the crinoline I ordered. I just happened to look on Amazon to see what they had that was inexpensive and available on Prime that I could have shipped in two days. I found exactly what I was looking for, and Amazon was the warehouse for the vendor. Yay! I sent out a text message to everyone to see if anyone else wanted in on the deal. PJ and Lily did, but Miss Elma passed. So, I ordered what we all wanted. I decided on a royal blue crinoline, but what arrived was clearly purple.

That's supposed to be blue???
That’s supposed to be blue???

Now, the label on the outside of the bag said blue, but you can clearly see that it’s not. I had thought to just do a return on line and reorder. But, a split second later, I decided to call about this. What if I send this one back, and the next one arrives in the wrong color as well? Maybe if I call, they can make sure that this was the only one that was mislabeled. So, I called and talked to an Amazon representative. He kindly told me to keep the purple one for the mix up, he would refund my money, and I could reorder the correct color. I thanked him, hung up and reordered the one I needed. After that, I asked Elma if she could use the purple one, even though she said she didn’t want to order. Turns out that it helped her greatly, as she had gotten behind in her sewing, and hadn’t started her crinoline yet. Then, two business days later, another purple crinoline arrived. Yes. Another purple one. So, I called again and informed them that there was a serious issue with the product from this vendor, as far as the royal blue and purple went, since the white and ivory colored ones I ordered for PJ and Lily arrived just fine. So, I had to do a return on the second purple one, and then jumped on line to find a different vendor that sold the royal blue that I wanted. I found with little trouble, and made sure it was the only color this vendor sold, and ordered it. I did get my blue crinoline a couple of days before the event, finally. lol. I was beginning to think that, maybe, I should’ve just made my crinoline, like I originally planned. lol. But, all’s well that ends well, right? 😉

As far as the rest of life goes, it’s been kind of chaotic. The Teenaged Attitude has completed her freshman year of high school, and the hubby has gone back to school to get his LPN degree. I have been running with constant errands, working a little later than normal for the office move at work, and finding fun things to do. I do have several sewing projects that I want to work on, but no real deadline sewing until later this summer. After I get the spare room in order for the hubby to use to study in, I need to finally get the sewing room in order, so I can have my sewing space back. So, that’s life at the moment. Is anyone else doing anything fun at the moment? Or have any fun sewing plans or deadlines? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment. Until next time… Happy Sewing!

You can read more about my 1950’s Tipsy Tea Revisit on the project page here.


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