DIY Headband/Vintage Lace

This is another DIY project that I made using vintage lace left over from my Grandmother. I started yesterday, but finished today. The project also includes one of my lace flowers.

1. These are our materials, I used a black headband that I had for a while now,

and the greenish colored lace off a vintage nightgown.

 

 

 

 

2. First I made the flower (all my lace roses are made following the same pattern – running stitch sewn to the centre or the base)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Next I made a cover for the headband itself. I took a piece of lace, folded in half, and sewn together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. When it was all done, I turned it inside out, so that the stitches would be on the inside.

There it is, looking like a snake! Don’t worry they caught the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra!

 

 

 

5. Then I put it on the headband

 

 

 

 

 

6. Now it’s time to work on the ends, so that they aren’t showing.

I simply folded them in, and sewed on the inside of the headband.

 

 

 

 

This is what it looks like without the rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

And with it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed DIYing with me today!

Love and Lace Flowers,

Xoxo

My Vintage Lace Collection

My first idea was to make a YouTube video about my lace collection, and I did make one, it was up for about a day, but then I realized that YouTube isn’t for me yet, and that I should focus more on my blog.

Today I will share some pictures of my vintage lace, that’s the lace I use to create some of my DIY projects, mainly they are lace flowers. Why flowers? Because they are easy to make, and look pretty! (To read more about my DIY projects go here:

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

or here

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/my-gapdiy-shirt-part-2/

Up first is the lace I am planning on using in tomorrow’s DIY project, so you will read about it tomorrow, it’s a teal/sea-foam green color, very vintage, very pleasant for the eye. Came of a vintage nightgown, unfortunately I wasn’t able to turn it into a tank top, it was too worn out πŸ™

Next is the lace I used in my most recent DIY project, about a vintage purse. I created this flower pin to go with the purse, but then decided it would be better to wear it with different jackets, or even in your hair. The very first link mentioned above will take you to the post about that project. Here are the two kinds of laces I combined. The black one came in a wide long strip, like regular fabric, and the white one came off another vintage night gown, which I successfully turned into a tank top last week!)

The next piece is very interesting and unique. It is going to look perfect on a V-neck shirt, so once I find a perfect shirt or top to put it on, I will create another DIY/Vintage masterpiece and share it with you.

These two kinds of lace are very wide, so they would make perfect linings for tank tops, or skirts (it will look like you are wearing a slip underneath). Again, love the florals on the lace!

The next two pieces I will show you aren’t lace, they are more like ribbons, and will serve as a perfect finish for pillows or picture frames, if you are into that stuff. I am planning on incorporating them into a blog post as soon as I find some couch cushion πŸ™‚ Why? Will tell you later!

And the two final strips of lace that I am going to mention are cut offs, I know one came of yet another night gown, and the other one came off either a pillow case, or some shirt (can’t guarantee either one of those, though). They need a little more work, and a little more imagination on my end!

Thank you for checking my vintage collection out. Again, a new DIY post is coming up tomorrow, I will keep you posted!

Love and Lace Flowers,

Xoxo

My Vintage Collection – Part 3 – Jewelry and Purses

This is the last post about my vintage collection. Today I’ll show you some jewelry and purses that I acquired, hope you enjoy them!

1. Brooches and Pins. These are all vintage. The one on the bottom right is

missing a stone, I just need to buy one, and glue it in! The one on the top right is a pin I usually wear on my hand-made Italian coat that I got at a garage sale in Murray Hill for $1. The apple pin was a perfect find for me, because I work as a teacher. I wonder when my Grandma got them all?

2. Earrings and Pins. All earrings are gold, which of course makes them even more special.

Now I’m not so certain gem-wise, I need to go get them appraised. Pay attention to the pin on the top right – I love the green of the flower (as one of my fellow vintage lovers noticed – I love florals, and flowers, and basically everything that has to do with them!)

3. Bracelet. I know that this bracelet is definitely from the 80’s, it used to belong to my mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Purses.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Uncategorized

A vintage shirt that makes you want to sing “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beige jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A one size fits all kind of white top with a vintage necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a “paper bag” skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and Lace Flowers,

Xoxo

PS. Comments and suggestions, as well as corrections, are appreciated and welcomed!

 

 

 

Little Black Dress

When I was growing up in Russia, we were poor, not poor-poor, but we didn’t have a lot of money either. When I was in 7th grade I wore the same outfit to school EVERY DAY, until one of my good friends (she was a year older too) called me out on that. This is when my mom became my salvation. She sewed and crocheted for me. I soon had more than one outfit to wear to school.

I learned how to knit and crochet too, but I was never confident enough to make my own clothes. Until now!

I found this dress about a month ago

And it came with a scheme, so I decided to create my own, but make it black! (I have been into black, white, and gray lately)

Here is what my “dress” looks like so far:

Will keep you updated!

Love and Lace flowers,

Xoxo

PS. The top of the dress is knitted, but the skirt is crocheted.

 

Dresses from my Vintage Collection

As promised, and announced on Twitter I am continuing showing you pictures of my vintage collection, and today’s post is about dresses!

I love the colors of this dress, very warm, very fall-looking! It’s going to look great with some of my boots! It comes with a belt. And I love the little detail on the back!

See, that little triangle in the picture above? Yes, that’s the detail, it’s either they ran out of fabric, or it was the design πŸ™‚

Up next is this very springy looking dress, again love the colors, and the ruffles on the bottom!

The red circles kind of look like poppies to me. Are they really poppies, or is it just my imagination?

Up next is a hand made/sewn dress, beautiful black lace, over pink fabric! Belted.

My next dress is a very warm, definitely winter dress, with what seems to be a leopard print on red. Buttons on the front.

This dress is also a perfect dress for fall (I wish these dresses were made out of something else, other than polyester, but that’s the only reason why they are still in a good condition!), it would be too hot in the summer. Again, this dress comes with a belt, buttons on the front.

The next dress was a fab find! I absolutely love the print, and the brooch on the front!

This dress is the only cotton dress in my collection! I love the soft pastels and beige. Unfortunately you can’t see the plaid on the front of the skirt very well, but it’s there. The front ties up. I think this is a perfect fit for early spring or fall!

The final dress deserves special attention, because it’s brand new, very summery, very Carrie Bradshaw, because it’s see-through! I am going to get a lot of attention wearing this one!

I had a wonderful time going through all these dresses, I hope you did too. While I was taking them all out of my Grandma’s closet, I found a pair of jeans, that belonged to me, I wonder how it got there!

PS. In one of my future posts I will show you how to wear and accessorize these dresses!

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! Β 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 πŸ™‚

Xoxo