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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

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?

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