Fun fact: the eggman was actually Eric Burdon. Shudder.
Ever since SiriusXM introduced its Beatles channel last May, it’s been my mom’s channel of choice. I like them as much as the next person, but not on a 24-7 (excuse me, 24-8, as the station itself says) loop. In any case, it seemed like a great theme to go with for her birthday. Remember when themed birthdays were only for kids? Me, too, but there’s no denying that having a theme makes everything fall into place nicely.
I dusted off my rudimentary and extremely rusty card-making skills for the occasion. As soon as I found the main image in the course of a random Google search, I knew it had to be used somehow:
I’m almost chagrined to include a picture of it in all its amateurish glory, but it served as a nice introduction to…
Pressies! Back in October I discovered some wicked Sgt. Pepper-print fabric on Spoonflower, so hello pajama pants!
(A word about Spoonflower: while I love the fact that I found this fabric, it was $20 USD/yd, and because it’s printed to order there were wide empty white strips all around my 3 yards, which feels like a bit of a rip-off. Also, they use yards instead of the vastly superior-and-slightly-larger metre, which also feels like a bit of a rip-off. Those extra 10 cm make a difference!)
And look, their little Scouse heads just about line up perfectly.
I used McCalls 4244, which at this point I can assemble without the instructions. The piqué knit I chose is slippery – and surprisingly heavy – and required a ton of pins plus a steady hand on the sewing machine. But ah, the drape! As I spent, oh, minutes and minutes (ha!) guiding it through the machine, I started musing how many Beatles song titles could be greatly improved by the substitution of “pants”. “I Want to Hold Your Pants”, “Maxwell’s Silver Pants”…and don’t forget, “You know I need someone’s paaannnntssss…”
At this point, I’m sure someone across the pond is reading this, sniggering at my obvious misuse of the word. “Everyone knows pants are what go under your trousers!” Sit tight, because I’ve got you covered, too.
Behold, Beatles knickers. (To go with the pants, of course.)
These are the midrise briefs from this pattern, and have very generous sizing. I used fold-over elastic for the waistband, but went rogue and finished the legs but turning the edges under and running a zigzag stitch. My reasoning was twofold: a) the FOE was a little fiddly to work with given the slippery fabric, and b) Fabricland only sells prepackaged cards of FOE at $6.49 for a yard – again with yards! Since this particular view and size called for a total of 66.25 inches between the waistband and leg openings, that would have brought my total cost for elastic alone to $19.47 (unless I feel like sewing short ends together to make the proper length). No, thank you.
I didn’t photograph the cake – I drew the themed-party line well before erecting some fondant-covered monstrosity in the shape of a yellow submarine, or whatever else it is one might do – but suffice it to say that a dark-chocolate cake with a cream cheese-whipped cream icing is lovely.
You say it’s your birthday? We’re gonna have a good time!