Category Archives: vintage

Crocheted and Silk Necklace

I was inspired by some pieces of jewelry I saw on Anthropologie and started pulling out all my lace, silk, and vintage crocheted thrift finds and just started playing around with how they would look with different things on them and I came up with this necklace. I quite like it!

I almost sewed this rose on without the black material behind it, I am so glad I put the black, it adds such depth.

I hope you are inspired by things you see. Most of the time its much easier than it looks, so give it a try!

My Vintage Crocheted Spring Sweater

I was so excited when I found this sweet little sweater. Its adorable and perfect for spring. I cant wait to wear it. Its still a little cold outside but it wont be long before I can slip this on over a floral print dress.

Perfect condition, like it had never been worn.

I love these flower details.

Sweet scalloped sleeves.

And a little button closure.

Silk Slip into J.Crew Tank

I love looking at the clothes in the J.Crew catalog and while I was looking I came across this silk tank top and I remembered this vintage silk slip that I had found a while back, dug it out and decided I would turn it into this.

Who knew silk was so hard to sew.

The silk tank from J Crew.

This is the vintage silk slip before.

I cut the slip in half and cut the bottom half into 2 inches strips.

For the straps I sewed strips of the silk, folding them over as I went to mimic those of the J Crew tank.

I started sewing the strips on at the lowest point first while ruffling different points.

The silk tank I created.

And the bonus is that I have some silk left over to use as roses for a head band or I could add a rose to this tank.

Vintage Slip Upcycle

About a month ago I found this vintage lace slip that I fell in love with but wasn’t sure how to make it fit me or how to wear it. I contemplated cutting the slip apart but some of you suggested I leave it as it is and wear a long sweater over it. Well today I found just the right sweater. I obviously had to sew in the bust of the slip a bit because I wasn’t blessed with an overabundance in that area. I was a bit worried when I first started sewing but the slip turned out to fit very well and looks really cute under this sweater. And the bonus is that the sweater was also a thrift store find.

Happy 70th Birthday Mom!

What do you get a mom who really doesn’t need anything but is turning the BIG 7 0 and you want to make it a special day with a special gift? I feel we have exhausted the usual perfume and candies and needed something extra-ordinary! I went out looking with absolutly no luck.  But when I got home I got an idea and I think she will love what I came up with. Although a smile might not initially come, at least I know it will mean something to her. I made her this special, one-of-a-kind candle holder.

My Dad - Passed away a year ago.

My very young handsome dad - 1958

He is the light of her life!

Tutorial coming soon!

Vintage Lace Slip

I found this vintage slip at a thrift store a while back. I fell in love with the lace at the bottom, its so feminine. My first thoughts were to use it under a dress, cut off the top part and put some elastic where the waist should be. That way the lace could show under a dress. But I am not sure right now. I have seen some people make some adjustments to slips and wear them as dresses. I don’t know if I am that brave but I am sure I don’t want to cut it apart until I know exactly what I should do. Any ideas?

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DIY Ribbon & Button Broach

I love buttons, I love ribbon, so what could be better than combining the two together? I was looking at French Picnic and yesterday they showed a ribbon and button broach that they had made. I instantly thought of the ribbon and the gorgeous vintage button I had that would go great together. So I tried it. It didn’t turn out the same but I am happy with how it turned out. And I have to say it was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread

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1. I took a needle and thread and folded the ribbon over at different lengths and continued until the desired ribbon length was finished. Pulling the thread through the ribbon I tightened it and tied the two ends together. This was the tough part, trying to lay the ribbon flat so it flared out all around.

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2. I then layed the button in the middle of the ribbon and using my needle and thread I sewed it to the ribbon. I also took the glue gun and glued the ribbon onto the back of the button to make it stronger.

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3. On the back I took a safety pin and sewed it onto the ribbons. I also took the hot glue gun and glued it to the ribbon and cut out a circle of material and laid it over the pin so you didn’t see the glue underneath.

My Latest Thirft Finds

My friend asked if I wanted to hit the bins with her last night. I was so excited, cause its been a while and she is the only person I know that can dig through those bins with such force and reckless abandon as me.  We did a great job and left with 26 lbs of stuff(or crap as some like to say).

Here are a few of the things I found that I am excited about.

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The mint green flower material is going to be used for more of those Christmas Tree ornaments but these ones will be year round trees. The frame is for my cork pin board that I am excited to make.

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This vintage pillow case is so feminine and dainty, it was finished but never used, still has the dark marks where they sewed and was never washed. I absolutely love it!

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The ribbon is just great for any use. I am sure it will be used for gift wrapping.

DIY Christmas Gifts Day 5 – Easy Apron

This apron is super easy! I used this vintage material from the 60’s that I found at the Goodwill and I absolutely love how they look together.

Here is what you need:

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • 31″ X 23″ Piece of fabric for the main apron piece
  • 36″ X 10.5″ Piece of fabric for the top and ties
  • Scissors
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The vintage fabric that I used.

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Cut the 36"X 10.5" piece of fabric into 3 equal parts length wise. They should come out about 3.5" wide by 36".

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Iron the strips in half and turn the raw edges in 1/4" on each side so they match up.

Take the main apron piece and make a running loose stitch across the top so that it can gather, making sure NOT to backstitch at the beginning and end. Pull the strings at each end until you get the gather that you like. Place one of the fabric strips on top of the gather, pin and sew.

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Pin the ties to the inside of the top fabric piece and sew along the side and then along the tie and when you get to the end fold the end in and sew at an angle.

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The finished apron with the pointed ties.

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Finished!