Styling a Thrift find (which isn’t your size)

Imagine this – You walk into a thrift store, and maybe after only 5 minutes, or possible a very long 2 hours – you discover IT! The thrift find of your life (or more like a week – if you thrift shop every week like me). But it’s too big, or too long, or too wide. So what do you do? I mean it’s a find you can’t miss. Not for the whole world.

That’s what happened to me and the ivory 100% wool coat that I found at our local Sal Val for $3.99 I have to admit, I almost left it hanging there, since it’s a Large and I am a Small, sometimes an Extra-Small. So you see my dilemma, right? In the end I just couldn’t let it pass. So here is what I did:

I went through all my other clothes in my head (yes, that’s possible, especially after moving from Russia, and only being able to bring 2 suitcases. I do still have some clothes in New Jersey, but I won’t be getting those until September) and realized that I can totally pull this outfit off. Let me show you the ways:

1. Heel it and Wear a bulky sweater underneath

I know it’s hard to tell (and again I apologize for the camera phone shoot) but I am wearing 2.5 inch heels that are successfully sinking into the carpet. You don’t necessarily need to wear heels if you are tall, but I am 5’6” and this coat was dying for some heels. The other thing – bulky sweaters are your best friend, it does get cold in the winter, you know (especially if you live in Minne- SNOW-ta).

2. Belt it

I got lucky – my waist line matched the waist line of the coat, so viola – a brown belt and off I go!

3. Scarves are your best friend!

This coat was like a perfect canvas I could play and mess with, if you find a coat or a jacket of a dark color, then obviously go for a light scarf to create the contrast. Be creative and don’t be afraid to stand out. Remember – there will be only compliments!

 

 

PS. I would especially like to thank my husband for stepping up and taking all these pictures. Honey, you are the best!

 

DIY Lace Top Part 1

I have finally come around to starting this project. I am really excited about it. And once it’s done, a tank top will be worn underneath!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Zhenya vs. Clothes. Part 1. The black jacket.

This is a story of a vintage black jacket, that lived happily in my Grandma’s closet. Until one day I came with scissors.

Well, it didn’t really happen like that. But the truth is – there really is a vintage jacket, moreover, it’s also hand-made. And I happened to find it while going through some old clothes. The material feels like the one they use in H&M for their trench coats and such.

You all have seen a picture of it if you went through the posts about my vintage collection.

I can’t say it was love at first sight, more like confusion, but nevertheless, I have now made this jacket wearable! The problem? Weird sleeve length! The solution – scissors! And here is what I ended up with – a black vintage hand made oversized jacket with a tolerable sleeve length!

Enjoy!

PS. Pay attention to my Simpson’s Poster in the background!

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!

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…

My Gap/DIY Shirt Part 2

I just wanted to post a picture of this shirt in an outfit! The necklace is vintage, belonged to my grandmother. The before of the white shirt can be found here

http://beingzhenya.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/diy-white-gap-t-shirt-makeover/

Gap shirt, and the grey cardi were both freecycled. The jeans (Armani Exchange)  I am wearing underneath cost me $1 at a garage sale in Murray Hill, NYC!