Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thrifted Skirt and Belt

It’s been hot in Oregon recently. And when it’s hot, and you don’t have air conditioning, you tend to go somewhere that does. So I did some thrift shopping, not because I needed anything, but because I wanted to be somewhere cool. In the end, I got two things: a skirt and a belt.

I don’t need any more skirts because I have many. Some have been on my “alter” list for a while now (and I’ve just been too lazy to do it). However, it’s nice to have a skirt that fits from the get-go. I got this black wool pencil skirt for $3.49. It’s such a basic skirt that it should go well with many of my tops.

The second item I got was this gold belt for $1.49. It’s a thin simple metal belt that has a nice looking clasp. I love that it’s a stretch material so I can wear it fitted around my waist. I think it’s really cute.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thrifted for $5.74

Recently, I got a few random thrifted items. I got this thermometer at an estate sale for $1. I thought it was really cute and liked the happy yellow color.

The serving fork, meat thermometer and measuring spoons I got at one thrift shop for a grand total of 50 cents.

I got this gray belt at another thrift shop for $1.49. I really like the braided gray elastic material—it’s awesome. It stretches to fit your waist and you can put the prong through any part of the belt.

At another thrift store I bought 1.375 yards of black and white fabric for $2.75. It’s a thicker fabric (perhaps meant for upholstery); I liked the graphic nature of it. It was rolled up and I didn’t take the time to unroll it because I was in a time crunch. When I opened at home, I saw there were some stains—which totally sucked. But I’m hoping I can just use sections of the fabric to make something.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Things I Didn’t Buy

Sometimes I do restrain myself from buying things. Although I may think, “That’s cool. I want it,” I’ll try to remind myself that I have no purpose or need for it, or I already have something similar so I don’t require another, or I just don’t have the space for it.

Here are a few things that I refrained from buying. First is a Wizard the Oz record. I thought the illustration was adorable.

Next up, a Peter Pan 8mm film. I just like the art on the box.

This Captain Kangaroo book’s art is super cute. I love that 1960s style.

I wasn’t ever going to buy it, but I thought this girdle pattern was interesting.

And I was never buying this smock pattern, but I liked the drawings on it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Seven Sewing Patterns

I got some more sewing patterns; some of the patterns I didn’t see dates on, so I just ordered them in increasing costs.

The first is a dress and jacket pattern from 1966. I like the simplicity of the garments. I like the drawings of the dressed-up women.

The second is a wrap dress from 1974. It’s a half-size pattern for petite women. I think this looks like a fun and easy dress to make.

Next up is a skirt pattern that looks like it’s from the 1970s. The main reason I got it is because of the pockets. I’ve only done non-visible pockets and thought this might be a good pattern to try different pockets.

This Pucci dress pattern (that looks to be from the 1970s) is super simple. I like the ease of the dress.

I avoid knits, but I liked this shawl collar blouse and dress pattern from 1980.

Okay, when I saw this Oscar de la Renta top and skirt pattern, it clearly screamed 1980s. That top immediately reminded me of a Members Only jacket. But I think if it was a bit slimmer in the fitting, it could be pretty cute. Although I think the bow version is a bit odd.

Finally, my mom gave me this skirt and cape pattern from 1995. I’ve never had a cape before, but I think it could be fun to have one.