Vintage Purse DIY – Final Cut

Today is the last post about my vintage purse. Poor thing it’s been through a lot! First it was made in the USSR, and that’s enough stress for it already. Then it was worn, torn (the oval button on the front was ripped out, so I sewed it back on), stored in a dusty closet, taken out of there, hand washed, spray painted, drawn on, and finally, I decided to give it a break. These are my final touches!

So yesterday I wrote a post about drawing on my vintage purse with a Sharpie (brutal, I know) to hide a stain, and I also realized yesterday, that Symmetry wasn’t created for nothing, so here is what happened today!

And then the AMAZING thing happened, I remembered about an Elf! My Elf nail polish from a dollar store on 33rd or 32nd ST, right out of Penn Station. And this is what the final product looks like!

If you look close you will see the black dots I made with the nail polish. I know this is nothing genius, but at least the purse is wearable now!

Check out the two previous posts on the same subject!

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/i-drew-on-my-vintage-purse-and-i-am-proud-of-it/

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

I drew on my Vintage Purse, and I am proud of it!

This is a purse that I painted with some suede paint last week, and if you remember, there was a stain, that came out of nowhere! So while the purse was hanging on that door handle, looking lonely and stained, an idea brewed in my head, and out came a Sharpie!

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

I found this design on the Internet:

And this is what I ended up with:

Ruined it? Made it better? Tell me what you think!

Love and lace flowers,

xoxo

PS. I am planning on drawing on the other half of the front pocket tomorrow! Yay for symmetry!

My Vintage Collection

Today’s post is fully dedicated to my vintage collection, and since there are many many different things in the collection, I decided to make it into a 2 parter! No, I am not cheating, I have plenty to blog about, but I feel like I shouldn’t tell-all right away!

1. This is a vintage red coat, two pockets, belonged to my Grandma. How do I

know it’s vintage? Well, it was made in a country that doesn’t exist anymore – Yugoslavia.

 

 

Today is the day I wish I wasn’t a size 2!  Still ROFLing at myself for saying that, but anyways…

2. This is a very interesting piece, a vest-like coat, two pockets, this too is big for me, but cute nevertheless!

Now I didn’t take a picture of the bottom dress, but it was a brand new light blue short sleeved cotton dress, if you look close enough, you can see the tag hanging from the bottom!

 

 

3. This is a suit (jacket and skirt) made in Finland, the jacket has a light stain on it, and the skirt has a couple of places where the thread has been pulled out, but that can be easily fixed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. This is a handmade black jacket, the material is similar to the one they use to make H&M jackets. Of course I had to style it with my recently made lace flower brooch!

5. And the last one for today is a teal colored cardi. Also from a non-existant country!

Nice nails, I know! Thank you!

Anyways, more to come tomorrow, including some purses and jewelry! I will also show you how to wear all these pieces in one of the future posts!

Love and lace flowers!

Twiggy Day

Let today be a Twiggy Day!

This is what I decided to do this Sunday morning, while doing the laundry!

Thinking about the icons of the fashion of the past – Twiggy comes to mind first. Maybe because of a recent UO (Urban Outfitters email newsletter. Yes, I am on the mailing list), or maybe because I’ve been doing all this research on the fashion of the past decades, I don’t know.But today is

TWIGGY DAY

These two pics were my inspiration:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the products I used:

And this is what I did to myself, all in the name of TWIGGY!

Honestly, this was a lot of fun! And girls love to play dress up anyways! I now def know who I’m going to be for next Halloween!

XOXO

DIY Tank Top/Camisole Made Out of a Vintage Nightgown!

Are you wondering when this girl’s DIY projects will end? NEVER. Because, just like yesterday’s quotes stated – Life is a DIY project! So take it literally and make something similar to what I do, or take it metaphorically and turn the table, take the matters in your own hands, become the boss of your own universe!

This is the same nightgown that I used lace from to make yesterday’s lace flower for my DIY Vintage Purse project! You can learn more about it here

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/vintage-purse-makeover/

Now this is not my original idea, I have stolen it from someone while surfing the blogosphere, and because I sometimes don’t pay attention who it was, I can’t give you a link to her blog, but maybe, just maybe you’ve seen something like this on the Internet before, and can leave the links to similar projects in the comments section. Just be nice, as I’ve already told you, I am not going to take full credit for this idea.

I want to apologize in advance – I forgot to take the before picture of the nightgown, yes, I was so excited to make that lace flower yesterday, that I basically ripped the bottom half off of it! Now there were some holes patched up and such, so that part was immediately cut off. And this is what I started with.

If you take a closer look, you can already see that I’ve already hemmed the bottom. This is a closer picture of the lace top (my favorite part of the project!)

It took me about 3 episodes of Chelsea Lately to finish the hem! You will be surprised, but I had leftover lace from the flower, the part that was originally hemmed at the factory! And that was the part I needed!

This is a picture of me hemming the lace, I folded the top part, and created a lace strip, that I later attached to the bottom of the top

Just like that!

It took me some more episodes of Chelsea Lately and Sex and The City to finish off this part. I didn’t use a sewing machine, it’s all HAND SEWN!

And a close up!

It turned out a little longer than I thought, which is actually a perfect length if you want to wear it as lingerie, but a little too long for a tank top. Now you all are probably wondering “Why is this looney tune making something to wear in public, which is obviously lingerie?” Remember Madonna? And the 80’s? Yeah!

And of course my fav 80’s outfit worn by SJ Parker!

And here is what my project looks like on me!

I added my Grandma’s vintage pin to add more vintage to my vintage!

This is what the pin looks like in it’s box!

Here are some more pics that I took in my new outfit!

And then I decided to pin my yesterday’s creation to my today’s creation!

Hope you enjoyed it, show me some love, leave me a comment 🙂

Xoxo

Vintage Purse Makeover

My grandma was a one of a kind fashionista, as difficult as it was to follow the latest fashion trends in the USSR, she managed to do that! Unfortunately I don’t have a lot left, but I am planning on creating a post in the nearest future, and posting pictures of some of the vintage outfits.

A while back I found this purse…

It is made out of fake suede, and even though it looks pretty good in this picture, it looked worse in real life. There were some yellow stains, seemed like it was caught in the rain, so I decided to dye it, with some suede spray paint that you can usually find in a shoe store. I went for dark gray. And it ended up looking like this!

The flower on the side was an addition I made today out of some vintage lace I cut off an old nighty. It’s a pin, so you can wear it on the purse, on your clothes or even in your hair.

This is how it was made…

I combined two strips of lace and sewed them together, to make it look like this…

Then I just kept on adding layers, and this is what the final product looks like…

And from the back…

You can see the little pin attached (I have no idea where all my bigger pins disappeared to)!

This is how the flower looks on my “The Limited” sweater

And on the purse with me carrying it…

And one more…

The Beauty of Thrifting

Most of you probably know about my love for thrifting and freecycling, having lived in NYC, I believe I got the best of the best, the so called cream of the crop. These are my favorite outfits of all times.

1. This one was thrifted at the Housing Works, probably my most favorite store on the UWS! I also always shopped on discount days, sale days, or Tuesdays, because students got 20% off!

2. This outfit also came from Housing Works on the UWS (Columbus Ave and 73rd, well it’s more like between 73rd and 74th). I loved those blazer jackets, and always admired other girls wearing them, and boom I finally found the ones that fit me!

3. This jacket also came from Housing Works, the same day as the Black one in the picture above.

 

4. I love the boyfriend jeans, and yes, you have to be skinny to wear them, but they are so worth losing the weight for, because they are so comfy!

So you can have a great outfit, the money in your wallet, and less waste on our planet!

 

A Date with the 70’s

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “The 70’s”? Remember all the tie dye, the flower power, disco and platform shoes? The feminism, the end of the war in Vietnam? Led Zeppelin, Star Wars? First video games? The World Trade Center (the construction was over Dec.,23, 1970)? But I always think of That 70’s Show!

Jackie was definitely the best dresses one!

Speaking about fashion legends of the 70’s, I came across Marie Clarie’s (UK edition) top 10, and chose my top 5! You can find the other 5 here http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/best/3193/10/seventies-style-icons.html

Anjelica Huston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Travolta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrah Fawcett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Ali Macgraw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And today I wanted to cover some 70’s fashion trends that I found in these magazines! (Old Soviet Magazines, these ones in particular, are from the Moscow Fashion House)

I wanted to show some prom dresses first, but honestly to me they look more like bridal couture. So if you are looking for some vintage wedding dress ideas, here are some for you. Of course they are more suitable for a summer wedding, because they are all knee-length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelerina became popular…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so did the Poncho…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget about men’s fashion

 

I also came across some women’s coats, that I found interesting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up next are some accessories, very often they came in sets – a necklace and a matching ring or bracelet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some interesting every day outfits. Pay attention to the matching vest and shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite florals… They became more graphic…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisley and similar patterns appeared…

Here is a close up of the pattern and the sleeve

Nautical theme was also very popular, but matched with these geeky glasses it looks a little bit ridiculous…

And finally – the RUFFLES!

Now, no post about 70’s is complete without some things that should stay in the 70’s and never come back, or become costume ideas!

60’s Fashion

I wanted to write a post about vintage fashion for a while now. And I am finally able to do so with the help of the old fashion magazines that I found in my house. Some of the magazines date back to 1960’s! Isn’t that amazing? I have went through 2 out of the 4 stacks of those magazines, and divided them by decades. Today’s post is about the 60’s.

These are the two magazines I have, the one on the right from 1961. It’s a 50 year old fashion magazine! Can you believe it? It’s from an International Fashion Congress. The one on the left is from the Tallinn Fashion House, dating as far back as 1968/69.

I wanted to show you these wonderful (and my personal favorite) models of floral dresses first.

I also love the hair in the picture above, remember – The Higher The Hair, The Closer You Are To Heaven!

Up next is this gorgeous evening gown.

I love how gloves go with basically every dress, I wish more people would wear gloves like these out in public today!

Here is some outer wear, from 1968/69, love the plaid scarf!

Next up are some shoes and accessories

I also wanted to show you a fashion faux pas, I hope none of you will ever have to encounter a person wearing this! Nobody wants to look like a walking mattress, or do they?

Vintage Rain Boots

I found these in my grandma’s closet (so I am guessing they are either from the 70’s or the 80’s, I could’ve guessed the 60’s, but I don’t think they would’ve lasted this long), and first didn’t really know what they were, but then – DUH – it hit me – they were rain boots, just not the tall ones we are all used to, but ankle rain boots!

I love the little design on the front!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the little heel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am definitely going to wear them today, because it’s raining!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now they are in great shape, and they are also fleece on the inside! Which makes them warm and cozy! Just my luck, that they were my size!

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