Meteor Vintage’s Space Lady is now in color thanks to her illustrator, Debby Wagner! Look for our new and improved Space Lady banner this Saturday at the Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market. The Meteor Vintage booth will be chock-full of quality, hand-curated vintage clothing and goods. Stop by and #shopmeteorvintage!
In October, I unexpectedly began a job in my career field. It has been the most wonderful blessing, but you may have noticed I’ve been absent from my blog. Am I still doing vintage? Most definitely!
They say that anything worth doing is worth doing well and, to that end, I started taking an Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Class through the Louisville Metro Dept of Economic Development. The class is three weeks long and Jordan Kavuma from Thistle & Thread Design is our instructor. She’s been great and the class has taught me so much already. You may remember Jordan from the Spring Loop Giveaway several of us did together last spring.
I’ve built up a pile of vintage goodies this winter that I’m looking forward to listing.
Stay tuned for some sneak peaks!
Several months ago, I found a dress similar to the following 1940’s navy crepe. The one I saw was hunter green and, if I remember correctly, it had a peacock feather design in sort of a glittery glue on the front. You know the saying, “If it walks like a duck…”? Well, it looked like vintage, it (probably) smelled like vintage…and I wanted to buy it, but I walked away from it. Why? It was one of those days where I was shopping with my husband, we’d recently been bickering about the vintage I buy (and usually can’t part with) because I wasn’t working much (if at all at that point considering it was around the time we found out we were moving), the dress was in the Halloween section and that added to my skepticism (was it really vintage or did it just look like vintage?). Plus, peacock feathers had been popular in recent trends. I was unfamiliar with the dress’s fabric. It had no tags whatsoever, so I couldn’t cheat and look up its label or what material it was made from. I tried to guess its age by looking at the stitching, but what I really needed was another vintage fashion lover to give me their opinion. Since then, I have seen several dresses online that give me reason to think what I had in my hand that day was the real deal…and I hate myself a little more each time that happens. My only consolation is that, no matter what the dress cost (and I don’t remember for sure, but I bet it wasn’t much), I made the decision I did because I (a) wanted to keep the peace with my husband, (b) I don’t remember it being my size and I knew I wouldn’t get around to posting it for sale right away and (c) I really didn’t have the money to spend on frivolous things at the time. Now, before you start thinking my husband is a big bully, think again. When you’re married, you have to consider your partner’s opinion of your purchases – especialy when you’re the one who isn’t working. My husband is a pretty easy-going guy and, if I’d really wanted the dress, he wouldn’t have put up too much of a fight, but that’s not something I want to take advantage of. I push the limit pretty hard as it is!
Confession is good for the soul.
What do you regret not buying when you had the chance?
I don’t know if The Simpsons qualifies as “vintage” per se, but it is the longest-running American sitcom. Now in its 25th season, the creators recently did a couch gag I absolutely had to share. For those of you who don’t know the show, the opening sequence almost always ends a little differently and the difference always revolves around the characters’ couch; hence, the name “couch gag”.
If you know me, I have a soft spot for French. I studied French in high school and I love what I know of French culture and films. In 2003, when The Triplets of Belleville came out, I was hooked. Triplets is easily one of my favorite animated films. Eleven years later, I still recommend it to anyone who will listen. It is a fabulous little film about the adventures of a woman whose grandson goes missing during the Tour de France. I don’t want to give anything away, but if Vaudeville and 1920’s/1930’s performers are your thing, you should definitely check Triplets out. The soundtrack alone makes it worth it.
What does this have to do with The Simpsons? Well, Sylvain Chomet, animator of The Triplets of Belleville, was the one to create their latest couch gag! Look for the subtle French details of Homer eating snails, Bart discovering a DIY foie gras kit (“For Kids!”) beside the couch, Lisa playing an accordion and Marge shouting, “Ou est, Maggie?” as she looks for their ever-endangered, but always resilient youngest.
Fermer la porte avant!
As I was going through some odds and ends in our living room this week, I found a craft project flyer I’d picked up a while back at Hobby Lobby. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been on a 1920’s kick lately and this craft fits right in. It’s called, ‘A Case for Creativity’ because you use pillowcases to craft these items:Here is a link to a printable pdf of the flyer, which has more projects included than just the two above, or you can read and follow the instructions as I’ve typed them out below.* I think the bloomers are a “must” the next time I get the craft room organized!
*This craft, its photos and all directions are courtesy of Hobby Lobby. The directions I have typed out come directly from the pdf link above and all credit goes to Hobby Lobby.
en-cased in glamour (refers to the picture of the flapper-style dress):
Cut a band of fabric from the closed end of a simple white pillowcase before stitching up rows of fluffy fringe. Then, use the hemmed end of a second case to make straps. Some beaded trim…and baby, you’re in!
lacy linens (refers to the picture of the, as I call them, “bloomers”):
A single pillowcase provided the fabric for these simple shorts, an easy sew using SImplicity #3696! Grab some lace trim and some coordinating ribbon, and then follow the step-by-step instructions below.
- Place pillowcase on flat surface. Measure up 16″ from the hemmed edge and draw a line from left to right. Cut on this line and discard upper half of pillowcase.
- Cut remaining piece in half vertically. Each piece will be 10″ wide. Open the two pieces and lay flat with right sides together.
- To create inseam, measure up 6″ from hemmed edge and 1″ from the left side. Mark this area with a fabric pen, curving the corner slightly. Cut on this line.
- Now measure up 6″ from the hemmed edge and 2″ from the right side. Mark and cut as in Step 3.
- Sew horizontal rows of lace to the right side of each piece. Use the same spacing on each piece so lace will match up at center front and center back.
- Pin the two pieces with right sides together and stitch the sides with 5/8″ seam allowance. Press open. These will become the center front and center back seams of your shorts.
- Match center front seam to center back seam, aligning inseams. Stitch inseams with right sides together, using 5/8″ seam allowance. Press open.
- To make casing, press under 1/4″ on top edge of shorts. Turn the pressed edge to the inside 1″ and pin in place. Stitch along this edge, leaving an opening to insert ribbon at center front seam.
- Insert ribbon through casing, using a safety pin to thread through.
The 1920’s are hot again for the first time since 1974, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Therefore, it was no surprise to “spy” the following on a friend’s Facebook page. Admittedly, I am a Guns N’ Roses fan and would typically mock modern reinventions of the things I remember from my youth. However, this interpretation of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is far from modern unless by “modern” you mean “Thoroughly” and “Millie”. Congratulations to Postmodern Jukebox and Miche Braden!
Here is a quick post with a video tutorial for those of you trying to figure out a hairstyle for tonight. Cherry Dollface offers fantastic tutorials for vintage hair and makeup and was the inspiration for my wedding makeup. Happy Valentine’s Day!
In a previous post, I mentioned that Halloween is my favorite holiday, so finding these Halloween-themed valentines during a recent search was too fun not to share!
What would Halloween-themed valentines be without owl valentines to adore?
And finally…there are these questionable (often meat-themed?) valentines:
Not scary enough? Well, I did find out that the 13th Floor Haunted House is hosting a Valentine’s weekend haunted house. A “candlelit night of horror” is not my thing, but I look forward to hearing about it from friends who are going.
How’d I do? After all, IHave a great Valentine’s Day and don’t do anything devilish…like buy me any of these frightening cards!
*All images were sourced from Pinterest.