Friday, 18 July 2014

Chop and Change

This vintage frock started life as a gigantic long sleeved maxi dress that I bought at the WAC. It sat languishing in my wardrobe, as it felt like too much frock. The other issue was the fact it's a size 20, which means it was several sizes too big. I decided to chop both the sleeves & the skirt, & I took it in at the torso as well. Now I like it so much more. I made a little scarf from the skirt offcuts too. Oh how I'm loving tweaking things on the sewing new obsession. I've got to admit I'm no fan of indoor photos, I am so much more comfortable hiding behind my sunglasses!

The dress pre chop

Outfit Details....

Vintage maxi altered by me - WAC clothing sale
Scarf made from frock offcuts
Orange enamel brooch - From my childhood
Orange bracelet & beaded bag - Op shopped
Ring, cardigan, boots & tights - Retail

My little scarf made from offcuts

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cool'n Kitsch

Here are a few finds from ages ago....
Including this kitsch owl thermometer, it's missing the original spoons in the branch, but I don't mind.
He matches another one I have with a different style thermometer thing.

A small West German pottery vase from Lifeline

During a visit to Retro Metro at Paddington I unearthed my first square dance style frock for $5. 
These always seem to have tiny waists, so I was happy to find one in a larger size.

I don't even know why these had to come home with me.
Something about musical animals I think!
Kitsch is hard for me to leave behind.
Old Japanese made figurines - Salvos

I had a weird de-ja-vu moment with this genie bottle. Just before I entered the op shop I said to myself, "I'd love to find a genie bottle one day". Lo & behold there was one on display, the same style as the blue one I have that belonged to my Nana.

Genie bottle - Lifeline

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Clash

I love playing dress ups in my wardrobe & trying on different combinations that I hadn't thought of before. When I bought this cardigan last year I wondered what I would wear it with. I tried it with this zip up bubble dress & didn't mind the result even if it's a lot of print. The Captain thought the scarf as a tie was a step too far, but I stood firm on my accessorizing conviction. Unlike the so called style gurus who say you should take one thing off before you leave the house, the whole less is more mantra I suppose, I tend to add one more thing instead. More is more, especially when it's matchy matchy!

Outfit Details....

Vintage dress & cardigan - different Vinnies op shops
Vintage scarf - Salvos
Painted wooden brooch - Belonged to the Captains Great Aunt
Orange bling ring - Birthday gift from Miss J
Bling green ring - Op shopped
Typewriter bracelet - Etsy
Vintage bag - Op shopped in Christchurch NZ
Boots, tights & sunglasses - Retail

Picmonkey sketch effect

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Garage Sale Finds and Disasters

The Captain & I happened to visit a garage sale that was held in the same street that I grew up on. An older lady had passed on with quite the collection of all sorts of things. She had taught sewing, & had SO many old patterns from the 1940's to 80's. There was handmade clothing, kitchen stuff, linen & all sorts.
I found my first printers tray. It's got a split in the wood but I love the rustic charm, & it was very cheap!

A sweet vintage silver necklace & earrings set for 50cents

Who knows if I'll ever actually wear it, but I was drawn to this old hand knitted vest that the owner used to wear golfing.

Various vintage patterns for 50cents

This one is from 1952

A sweet English dish by Wood & Sons

A set of totally kitsch wooden coasters. I fell in love with those graphics.

And onto my garage sale disaster.
I bought a beautiful OLD doona (as we call quilts & eiderdowns here in Oz). There was something about the pattern of the fabric, & I was taken by the fact it's a double size. The only problem was it had a lot of dirty spots. I figured a quick wash was all it needed. As soon as the water hit the doona, the water turned a murky brown. It must have been 70 years of grime escaping. It ended up being too big for my laundry tub, so I thought it might be easier if I transferred it to the washing machine. BAD IDEA! The doona got jammed in the machine, & the machine flooded the laundry as a wall of water escaped from underneath. To my horror the doona had ripped in places, because I'd say it was too heavy for the machine. I completed the soak & washing process in our bath tub (we never use the bath tub). Which proceeded to spring a leak from the upstairs bathroom down to the toilet on the lower level, where there was a pool of danky water. Now the doona is clean & dry (finally!), but I'm not sure if it's salvageable with the different torn bits, although thankfully they seem to be on one side with the other side unscathed. So the lesson learned was to only wash something that big & heavy in the bath tub, at least then the fabric would still be in one piece!

Have you experienced any vintage fabric disasters?

Friday, 4 July 2014

I guess that's why they call it the blues....

Hands up who owns a Jonathan Summers frock? I seem to have quite a few in my collection. I tend not to wear this one in summer, A- because it's polyester, and B- because it's beige, which means I only get away with wearing it with a bright cardigan. Beige makes me look icky. Thank goodness for the polka-dots! I do love a matchy-matchy outfit, & I am relishing wearing tights. How I wish winter would last all year long!

Outfit Details....

Jonathan Summers frock - Op shopped
Polkadot belt - from another op shopped frock
Vintage cardigan - Op shopped @ Vinnies
Hexagonal wood brooch - I Feel Natty
Deer brooch - Gifted by a friend
Gold star brooch - Op shopped
Spoon bracelet - 2nd Avenue
Red ring - Erstwilder
Tights & sunglasses - Retail
Red shoes - Op shopped @ Salvos
Vintage bag - Gift from my mum

If you're from the Brissy area there are a couple of things on this weekend, as well as the usual markets that are on around town.