4th of July Fashion Tribute to B.A. Baracus

Happy American Independence Day! For my remnant project this week, I wish to pay tribute to an all-American TV hero from the 1980’s, the incomparable A-Team great B.A. Baracus. I liked the recent movie with Liam Neeson as Hannibal, but I really feel a rush of nostalgia for the old A-Team reruns that have been streaming on Netflix. It reminds me of when I used to lovingly tuck my young ones into bed after an episode, but of course they were too wound up and had to play car chasing and blowing up stuff before settling down!

Mr. T playing B.A. Baracus: what is not to love and admire? He was so ahead of, yet part of, his time. By way of fashion statements, he sported African batik fabric accents, red knee-high Boy Scout regulation socks, enough gold jewelry at one wearing to stock an entire pawn shop! I wondered if the B stood for Barack; wouldn’t that be cool considering that’s the given name of our current President of the US, and it goes rather well with the last name Baracus? But alas, his B stands for Bosco, although in the series, he maintained that B.A. stood for Bad Attitude. Check out the Wikipedia log of all things BA Baracus.

denim dress from Beall's Outlet

For my tribute I’ve chosen to remake a denim dress that I found at Beall’s Outlet, a store that re-sells all the goods that didn’t get sold at the regular markets; for instance, this dress had a Faded Glory label on it, which is a Wal-Mart brand. What could be more all-American than Wal-Mart trying to sell for $17 a dress made in Bangladesh, not succeeding, then sending it down the line to a discount store where I bought it for $8? And, although I like denim, I like cotton lace accents, and I like machine embroidery, the combination of all three is downright frugly, to say the least.

To make this Independence Day tribute to B.A. (although his character is fictional, I honor who it stands for, an American soldier) I cut off the offending skirt and left a denim vest to embellish B.A. style. First I embroidered Bad Attitude in Chrome Black and Very Red Robison-Anton rayon thread. [hint: what are the colors of B.A.’s rockin’ ride?]

embroidery step


Then I added some African fabric embellishments to the vest (which 1 yard piece I scored from the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo) to give it some character. Now, it looks like the jazz, man.
front

back view

All we’ve got left to do is add the bling and pair it up with some camo capri shorts.

Aint gonna ride in no airplane...what? ZZZZZ.

“Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave over the land of the free and home of the brave?” Yes, thanks to our awesome soldiers, sailors, and loyal patriots who fought the fight for us. Love you! And happy 4th of July!

Advertisements

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SlaveToMyNeedles
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 07:44:32

    What an awesome tribute!!!!!! Very creative repurposing!!!! I love it!!! Thanks for the inspiration to repurpose. Sometime I get so involved with my custom requests that I have tunnel vision. 🙂 Thank you!!!! Hope your holiday was awesome!!!
    Louise

    Reply

  2. SlaveToMyNeedles
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 07:50:49

    What a beautiful tribute!!!!! Great job repurposing!!!!! Nice work. Sometime I get so involved with custom requests, I have tunnel vision and don’t even think to do things like this, although I love them when I see them. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! Hope your holiday was great!
    Louise
    SlaveToMyNeedles
    BloomingSisters

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

craftandothercrazyplans

Trial and error-the best way to learn

medical plaintalk

Medical topics based on author's columns for The Elks Magazine, the official publication of the fraternal order of the Elks of the United States of America.

Here In Fowlerville

Our Journey with Family, Faith, Friendship, and Fun

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

The Patchwork Pirate

Keeping up with life, the universe, and everything!

My Creative Corner3

ONE stitch. ONE block. ONE row at at time-Vicki

The other side

Blogging on autism and art.

Fascinating World

A small attempt to gather unusual and amazing facts about elements of Nature.

Tanglewood Knots

Crochet Stories and Yarns

Yarn, Books & Roses

life with a chronic disease and a really big yarn stash

Tricia, Daisy and May too

Where dachshunds garden.

Don Cormier

" Your body is your temple"

Ain't Found A Good Title Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Firelands History Website

"Sufferers' Land" Tales by Dave Barton

Saturday Arvo Thoughts...

Reflections on topics influenced by my interest in travel, family history and history in general. Watch this space…

Celestial Priestess's Fourth Density Journal

Metaphyics, Horoscopes, Personal Blog, Modeling & Recommended Products,

A Trivial Mind At Work

Photography by Dennis Wagoner

jumissshop

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Sew and Sew

A complete newbie! Join me as I navigate my way around the vast world of sewing, learn and improve upon my sewing skills and document my experiences along the way.

Reinventing Valentina Wolfe

True freedom starts with accepting who you are.

Darpity Jean's Blog

DJ's Ancestral Regional Postcards In Time-honored Years. James Extended Ancestors Narration Stories By Location Or Genealogy.

Settle in El Paso

A family blog

(Almost) Unsalvageable

househusband, bucketlister, storyteller

Living for Experiences

Simplify . Travel . Explore

The Interior of My Brain: A Knitting and Fiber Arts Blog

Unlocking the secrets of the universe, one knitting project at a time

maisiethenewfieandcompany

a shared life with our very large dogs

The Reflections

Reflections of my mind; reflections of the things around us.

Zero Creativity Learnings

In Design and Arts

thedementedfairy

Sewing, ranting, cooking, eating. Me.

Evelina

by Evelina Di Lauro

eatcookcreate

A blog about the things I love most; eating, cooking, and art.

Psalmboxkey's Blog

Humble Contributions to the Peoples' History

CJ BANE & PEARL

Leave nothing but footsteps. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time.

Lost in Translation

Looking for meanings in words, images and sounds

Exploring the world

Photography, travel, art

Make, Sew & Love ♥

Creative, little projects made by me

Jim Gatling's CrAzY CrEaTiVe LiFe

My Art, My Quilts. My Friends, My Life

Raeanne G. Roy

Ottawa speculative fiction writer

The Workbasket

New Projects from an Old Magazine

Dizzy Quilter

Sewing in Circles

sandrajohnsondesigns

Sewing and Quilting my Life from Me To You

Stitchin by Machine Blog

making magic with Machine Embroidery

%d bloggers like this: