Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vintage Chenille Patterns

This week's Daily Swatch theme over on the True Up blog is Vintage Chenille. It prompted me to pull out my stash of pretty chenille pieces.
I love the patterns of the old bedspreads, and have purchased and used several on my bed over the years. I've also bought some that were cutters to use for projects.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vintage Fashion ~ Dresses

Today I'm showing the dresses in my personal vintage fashion collection. I've mentioned before that I've been wearing vintage pieces since I was in high school. I have always loved the dress styles of the fifties with the full skirts and tiny waists. And the lovely little details like covered buttons, matching belts, beautiful pleats, and of course the wonderful FABRICS!

This cheery blue floral is my favorite. I'm in love with the print and it has a cute fabric belt. So sweet!

The tag reads "Gay Gibson".

This next one isn't a dress, but rather a vintage sequined sweater. It makes such a pretty outfit when paired with my white full skirt.
Its a gorgeous sky blue and has white floral beading around the neck and bottom.
It zips up the back to a drop V.

The next is a pretty pink dress sporting an asymetrical look with a cute bow over one shoulder.

This last one is a vintage "remake". About 20+ years ago, I was going to a formal dinner with a friend of mine and I needed a dress. Even back then, I was in love with vintage, so my mom and I searched all the thrifts in the area to find a pretty dress. Well, what we found was a dress with a pretty skirt, but the top was a discolored mauve pink velvet. So my talented mother deconstructed the dress and made a new top for it. We picked a simple cream satin and changed the style a bit to a drop waist so the skirt sits right at the hip. It looked beautiful on. (I can't believe my waist was ever that small!)

The skirt is such a pretty floral tapestry, and it has enough weight to hold its shape without a lot of crinoline.

The back is cut in a similar style as the sequin sweater. Mom really out did herself with this one!

Well, that's about it for my collection of vintage dresses...hopefully, one day soon I'll be able to fit into them again. ;-)
Oh, and I'm sorry for the unexpected blogging break. Hubby and I were both down sick for over a week and then, just as we were feeling better, the puppy got sick. :-(
She tries to eats just about everthing she comes in contact with out in the yard... tomatoes, peaches, locusts, ants, sticks, etc...We usually catch her before she has a chance to swallow said object, but appearantly something got past us.
She couldn't keep food down and was wimpering under the dresser all morning yesterday. Fortunately the vet was able to see her right away and took xrays and blood work and gave her something to calm her stomach. Happy to report, she's feeling much better today!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Vintage Fabric Mini Wristlets

These are the newest little wristlets to come out of the sewing room. I used vintage 60's fabrics featuring poppies and daisies for these two, and made the handle with a lobster claw clasp for versatility. I was also able to use the rivots that I like so much. :-)Measuring just 7.5 inches by 4 inches, they are a handy size for a cell phone, keys, and a couple other essentials.

Have a great weekend, everyone!