I'm Dream'n My Life Away on a Pink Saturday

Pink Saturday, Poodle Skirts and Hoola Hoops-ed

Pink Saturday, Poodle Skirts and Hoola Hoops-edToday is Pink Saturday and Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosting. I was designing fabric for a fifties theme, when I thought...

Pink Saturday and Poodle Skirts

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoeswhy not design one for Pink Saturday too. If you click on the picture above, you can see how it would look in fabric.

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contest

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contest"Gee Whiz", I grew up in the fifties, and I remember when the hoola hoop came on the scene in 1958.

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contest

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contestPoodle skirts were "swell", and they were typically made out of heavy gray fabric, and we wore crinoline petticoats underneath to make them puffy. If you click on this image, you can see how it would look in fabric.


Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contestIf you weren't "Square", bobby socks were worn with saddle shoes,
and we wore little baby scarfs around her neck to compliment our button down cardigan sweaters to look "keen". Here's cutie Mary Kate Olson doing a fun interpretation of the Bop, dancing at a sock hop in her poodle skirt, saddle shoes from back when. And then there was always the "Jive!"
Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contest

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle ShoesWhen Spoonflower announced their upcoming fabric of the week contest for the Fifties...

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Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contestI immediately went into dreamland remembering the crush I had on my favorite "Dreamboat" as I played the Everly Brothers, and I was back in time,

My creation

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contesthaving hoola hoop contests with my friend Linda Isby, and going to a "Sock Hop" to practice the "stroll."

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle ShoesSpoonflower asked that we use a specific color pallette only consisting of red, pale green, blue, white and black. I'm not sure these colors do anything for my memories of the fifties, but then again it made the challenge even more fun. Here is the fabric design final which has been entered. If you click on the picture, you can see what it would look like in fabric.

Hoola Hoops, Poodle Skirts and Saddle Shoes

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes weekly contestMy Dad was one of the cameramen on the Ed Sullivan Show when Elvis Presley performed on the show. He said that by the third time that Elvis came on the show, they were only allowed to film him from the waist up because Ed Sullivan thought his moves a bit too suggestive for that time!

My creation


You know when you find a blog, that makes you sigh. The kind that you love the header, you love the background and the photography is over the moon? Well, Rose Petals and Rust is one of those lovely blogs. Stop by Stefanie's place, you will love her Pink Saturday post.

Fifties, Poodle Skirts, Hoola Hoops & Saddle Shoes
Loui said...

You captured the essence perfectly!
I remember the time well..
was just starting Jr High..
Music was our life back then..
as well as clothes..
and BOYS!!
and the BEACH!
such a time of innocence..
warmest hugs..

Rhondi said...

What fun memories! I remember I had a wide white belt that had a loop on it and we tied one of those little scarves through it, very chic!! Some of the scarves had tiny pleats in them and I recall spending lots of time deciding which colors to buy. I had forgotten all about that. Thanks for the memories! I am in your part of the country right now, in Boston spending time with our youngest grandson.
Hugs, Rhondi

Sherry from Alabama said...

Love your post Karen! I love almost anything 50's. Maybe it was because I was born in '59 and our home was filled with everything 50's while I was growing up. It brings back such sweet memories.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

myletterstoemily said...


i never missed an elvis or gidget
movie as a child.

your fabric is gorgeous!

have a wonderful weekend,

Beverly said...

Karen, this was so much fun!

I was six years old when hoola-hoops came out, and I loved them. We have 8mm movie films of me with my hoola-hoop. I remember whirling them around our necks, arms, legs and knees in addition to our waists.

It makes me laugh to think about doing it now. Every bone in my body would be creaking and aching.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

OMG - did your father ever take you to work to see the performers?!

Suzy said...

What a great post! Your blog is so cute..love it. I wasn't born til the 60s but always have loved the era. I certainly had a hula hoop though :-) Cute images! Thanks for joining me in Flashback Friday.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

I had an outfit just like that and it was a PINK skirt! I used to wear it when I went roller skating! And I could whip that hula hoop around like nobody's business, but today I'd probably break a hip, LOL

Happy Pink Saturday!

Carol at Serendipity said...


Remember it all very well. I was in Jr. High and just could not wait to grow up. As always a beautiful blog.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Karen, you never, ever cease to amaze me with YOUR art!!!! Again, you serve as my inspiration more that I think I could ever tell you. Thank you for your constant encouragement. One day, one day I will fulfill my dream to at least get my FOOT into the door of a publisher!!!!


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Karen, this is wonderful!!! And surely you will win! Sock Hops....what fun and I think kids today really miss out on not having those great evenings to remember. I was crowned hula hoop queen! LOL

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Such a delightful post and so true to the era!

Riet said...

Thanks for the memories Karen. We wore those clothes and did the hula hoop.Oh my, that was a long time ago.I love your pictures and ideas.
Happy pink Saturday

stefanie said...

goodness you are talented, those are perfect, what great memories you have...back when it was fun!!!!! and people were cute!!!
thank you so much for your sweet comment about my blog....I truly appreciate it!!!

Susie Jefferson said...

Fabulous! And the poodle is the perfect finishing touch. This design is definitely a winner - I like the silhouette image - a great modern twist on a vintage theme.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Valrie said...

I loved my trip down memory lane with the hula hoop, bobby socks, and Elvis!I was born in the fifties too...
Rose petals and rust is one of my favorite blogs too!

You have inspired me this week!

Please stop by for a visit and enter my Mother's Day giveaway free to all!



laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Karen, how fun is this? I love that hoola hopping poodle skirt, sadle oxford girl! How neat that your dad was a cameraman on the E.S. Show! I vividly recall preachers tellling people to not watch the E.S. show the first time Elvis was on! laurie

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hi Karen...Your 50's illustrations are right on target for this Girl Raised In Texas in the 1950's! Gosh, do you remember American Bandstand and all the great dance music? BTW, I was right there watching your Dad's TV camera shots of Elvis on our First Black and White TV. I've given you a ShoutOut on my blog, CollectInTexas Gal, this Pink Saturday...it's also a Thank-you for Info and a Pic from your LAST PS Post. Hope you'll come by for a visit....Sue

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! I love that fabric Karen! I always recognize your fabric on Spoonflower and always vote for you!!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Pat said...

I had a poodle skirt once - surely it was a hand-me-down, I couldn't possibly be that old!

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Karen,,,, OH I love your fifties fabric,,,, so very keen looking,,,,,hehe,,, I loved saddle shoes, and poodle skirts,,, so fun.. miss them.....I loved my hula hoop,, not sure if I can do it now though,,,, lol Happy Pink Saturday.

Pink Hugs;

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a beautiful retro fabric design, Karen!
I was born in the fifties and while I was too young for the poodle skirt I did have the hoola hoop and the roller skates that needed a key and I wanted to be a cowgirl like Dale Evans :-) Fabulous memories!
What a great job your dad had!
Did you Dad get Elvis' autograph?

♥ Pat

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Your creations, pictures, words took me back to this time. My Grands love hula-hoops and jump ropes. I have them hanging in our garage for when they visit. Tomorrow is Allen's birthday he is sooo excited. have a great weekend my friend...smiles...m...

Anne Fannie said...

Sounds like we grew up the same time!
I like the story about your Dad being the camera man when Elvis appeared. I saw him once perform.
I love your fabric. You are one talented lady!
Happy Pink SAturday...

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

What a fun post!

Werent those Everly Brothers cute?

Havent been around much but wanted to stop by and say hi to my inspiration :)

Have a great weekend.

Would love you to join in with us next friday if you can!



Anonymous said...

What a great Pink Saturday post,Karen! I remember all of the items you mentioned. . . in fact, just this week I bought TWO PINK hula hoops. One for my grand girl and one for ME! Neither of us are very good at keeping them up, but we're trying. Yes, I do recall the contests and being able to keep multiple hoops spinning! Those were the days. How awesome that your dad was a cameraman for the ES Show. He must've had plenty of great stories...and to think he saw Elvis' hips and couldn't picture them for us by his third appearance! :)

Hope all is well with you! dana

Anonymous said...

I used to hulla hoop all the time as a kid, back when I had a waist! and had too much time to waste! lol

gorgeous fabric pattern...love the images!

ciao bella