Showing posts from May, 2015

Upcycling and the Hawaiian shirt hoarder

Each year I challenge myself to complete a sewing project.  This year I have chosen to make a quilt from Hawaiian shirt material. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I encountered an estate of a rather large gentleman, a thrifter hoarder who had passed into the great beyond.  I was able to purchase numerous 2XX to 5XX Hawaiian and hunting/fishing themed shirts to salvage for the material, buttons and labels.   After I have pieced together the Hawaiian shirt squares, I will hand stitch on the labels to the final quilt top.   Some of the freshly washed and processed material. Usually, it wouldn't make sense to try and scavenge enough material from men's shirts, but the cost of this project and the size of the available material inspired this upcycle attempt.  I will cut the fabric into 8.5" by 8.5" squares using an acrylic template and a rotary cutting tool. At first I thought I would use dressmaker's scissors to cut the squares and later lear

Feeling Groovy

I really did not appreciate the 70s era the first time around. These recreated 70s memories are so much more fun. 1970s ML Studio suit $50 from Thrift Town I have been holding on to this suit for the perfect time to showcase it.  I finally found these banging BCBG high heels to go with it ($8 thrifted) . I could not find period shoes in my size and believe me, I tried.  Updating this post to link up with Anne at  spygirl-amb.blogspot  for her 52 pick-me-up prompt of "Best Foot Forward." If you are in the 70s mood, visit Melanie at Bag & Beret for her  groovy-bell-bottoms-two-ways  and Vix at Vintage Vixen for her  purple-haze  70s maxi.   Moving my groove thang on to Patti and the clan at  Visible-monday . Thrift shopping produced a 2 CD set of reggae dancefloor grooves 1968-1974.  I will be shaking my booty to this one! I am on vacay for the next few days AND I have finished my Macroeconomics class (pretty much, online final in a few days)

Happy mommies like sparkly, shiny jewelry

What better day to talk jewelry than Mother's Day?  I have an assortment  of costume  (thrifted and retail) and fine jewelry.  The image above is a thrifted pin real gold with costume jewels. One reason I cherish this particular piece is that my mother's name Phyllis is engraved in tiny letters on the back. My mom has been more of a costume jewelry fan choosing the non-fussy styles like Marjorie Baer. I was surprised to learn that some costume jewelry pieces hold their value and even increase in value.  This Marjorie Baer necklace could list at auction for $50.  An online auction site to check out for jewelry and more is While I love to wear pierced earrings, they don't love me and have given all of my pierced earrings to my daughter.  I recently splurged on the purchase of a  Le Vian exotics  ring. It is the only ring I wear. Pearl strands are one of my fashion mainstays, I have at least five of various lengths and colors, two of which ar

Children's Day

May 5 is Children's Day, a Japanese national holiday celebrated especially by boys and their families, in contrast to March 3, which is the corresponding holiday for girls.  Many homes are decorated with a samurai's helmet and paper or cloth carp are flown from tall poles set up outside.  The iris shows the straight lines and colors of the flowers are considered masculine.   (Information gleaned from Japanese Flower Arrangement: A New Illustrated Guide to Mastery, pub. 1968) Koinobori  : The black carp ( Magoi ) at the top represents the father, the red carp ( Higoi ) represents the mother, and the last carp represents the child (traditionally son), with an additional carp added for each subsequent child with color and position denoting their relative age.  (Wikipedia) Showing a slew of children's patterns from the 1960s. 1963  1968  1969 1969 1969 This is my favorite of the bunch, reminds me of this Seinfeld episode.

Visible Monday and Fast Fashion

Joining the crew for Visible Monday at notdeadyetstyle .  The hostest is flaunting her florals and at work on Friday we floraled up for May Day.  This was a recent thrifted ensemble. Faded Glory overblouse Liz Claiborne print shirt Cream boucle pants (unlabeled) TicTacToes shoes (Thrifted, less than $10) Treating you to two Patterns of the Day that are just begging to be shared. I have heard rumblings that 70s flares are coming back in style, those boucle pants in the image above inspired me. 1967 1968 On the opposite end of the spectrum is the consumption of low quality, sweatshop-produced clothing.  Link to John Oliver's take on .  His diatribe is funny and thought provoking. My thrifting bonus of the day was this DKNY embroidered and beaded suit and a Lands End long sleeved cotton spandex shirt, the three-piece set sold to me for 3 dollars.  I may not be reducing my wardrob