A great find from a vintage/thrift/charity shop expedition this past weekend. I love all the options, although I don’t think I’ll be making the top in quite such a busy print. Bows and stripes and dots – oh my!
February is always a tough month for me, and I suspect I’m not alone in that. This year I was either sick with the flu or in rehearsal for most of the time. This meant I was constantly wearing either pajamas or yoga pants and eating mostly chicken soup and toast. So, that’s a no for sporting vintage clothing and cooking fun new recipes. I did however, put together some scrapbook pages that are making me very happy. It’s been really fun to dig through my old photographs. Also, I am close to finishing up not one, but two dresses using old or leftover fabric!
I’ve decided to accept that some months are going to be better than others and focus on not giving up. I’ve got ‘new recipe’ cookies in the oven as I write this and March is my birthday month, so things are looking up!
Confused as to what my resolutions actually are? Get the details here.
My mom only saved a few items of clothing from when she was young, but wow, the things she did save are amazing. They are the clothes I always get compliments on. How about those high-waisted pants?
The problem is that despite the fact that these are hand-me-downs from my mother (and grandmother), they don’t always fit. Apparently I am shorter, smaller, but curvier than they were at the time. Which is fine, it just makes things a little more complicated. It feels wrong to alter items that have been handed down in my family. But If I don’t wear them, who will?
The green skirt was originally a full-length maxi skirt (that may require a post of its own. It was quite the transformation). The trousers need to lose about 4 inches off the bottom, and the dress – while lovely in the photo – is big and frumpy on. I think I might make it a mini-dress, or maybe a wiggle dress.
I know I will just need to ignore the little voice that will whisper, don’t ruin it. Ugh. Sewing anxiety.
A friend of mine recently dropped off a vintage “knitting magazine” for me, confusing my hobbies (I would love to feel comfortable knitting and it is much more portable than sewing). It’s actually the Vogue Knitting Book from Fall/Winter 1963! Amazing that it found its way to me! The ads alone provide plenty of entertainment (see above), but there are also some really great patterns in there, complete with instructions.
It’s a collision of many wonderful things. I love her feathered skirt too.
Image: “breathless moment” by Gil Elvgren. Found on the flickr stream of Anne T. Boleyn.