Saturday, February 26, 2011

paper dolls, again

I love making these. And I have it on good authority that they're really fun to color in, and make great magnetic dolls. So I encourage y'all to print them out and get out the colored pencils!

This set was inspired by Sally Jane Vintage.

In other news, I went to an estate sale this morning. Got a dress and a silhouette and a soft little gray leather coin purse with a white key stitched to the front. Then I walked around Antique Row in Kensington for a while, looking at all the pretties. Nice way to spend a Saturday morning, I think.

Friday, February 25, 2011

a skirt with a story

I found a skirt from the '50s at the Habitat for Humanity thrift store, the only item of clothing in the place that was more than thirty years old. It had been hacked off at the waistband, the raw edge crudely whip-stitched over; the lady behind the counter said it must have been the bottom half of dress, once. It had a built-in crinoline and a glorious print, all gray and mint and goldenrod. I bought it for $3. It fits perfectly.

I folded over the cut edge and stitched it down. There was piping a half-inch below the edge, so I used that as the new waistband. I'm going to cover the raw edge with hem tape, I think, and install a hook and eye at the waist so the zipper stays up.

I wish I knew what the top half looked like, of the dress it used to be. I wish I knew why it was cut up, and how it ended up at the thrift store. It looks homemade; I wish I knew who sewed it. But one of the things you have to get used to, with vintage, is that the clothes keep their secrets.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

so I think I'm back

Okay, so that turned out to be a bit more of a break than I'd been planning. But it was awfully hard to get excited about clothes in the coldest part of the winter. I spent a lot of time wearing-- gasp-- jeans, usually with tights or leggings under them for extra warmth! But it looks like the weather's going to stay above 45 from here on out, so I can start dressing up again. I'm going to try to take outfit photos at least twice a week, and have some interesting links and photos for you as well.

To start things off, here are some paper dolls I made, inspired by some lovely clothes over at Dear Golden. I think I might make a project of this-- go around to some of my favorite blogs and designers, and make paper dolls out of their clothes.

Do you have any favorite dresses or outfits or shoes that you'd like to see paper dollified? Link them for me, and I'll see what I can make!