Hello, hello! Today I’m excited to share with you all a few of my recent vintage finds. A couple of them are delightful additions/future additions to my Vintage Capsule Wardrobe, which I am quite happy about: the more the merrier, I say! Now shall we get digging?
The first find is this delightful velvet bolero. We went thrifting with friends last weekend (it’s a funny thing to go out in vintage-style dress on Halloween, let me tell you 😉 ), and one of my scores at Goodwill was this boxy, hip-length 1960s/70s red velvet jacket that I planned to alter to bolero-style. I knew that boleros were quite popular in 40s fashion, so I was quite eager to add this piece to my growing jacket collection. Last night I finally got around to playing out my plans for it, and I was quite successful as you can see above! I altered it about 4″, so it now rests right around waist length. I absolutely love velvet (who doesn’t?), and I am seeing lots of lovely outfits coming together with this jacket!
A few weeks ago I participated in an online vintage clothing & accessories auction (which was quite fun!), and scored the next few finds you are about to see. One of the things up for sale was this lot of 3 1950s pencil skirts. I eyed them, tempted, and couldn’t help but think how they looked like they would probably fit me… The thing that convinced me to bite the bullet in the end was when I took a look at a pencil skirt that fit me perfectly, and noticed how it was about the same width in ratio to the width of a skirt hanger as the skirts listed online (which, serendipitously, were attached to skirt hangers). I thought that it was a close enough match, and if they were a little big it wouldn’t take much to alter them; if they were too small, I have two sisters smaller than me, and there is always eBay. 🙂 So I placed my bid, and in the end got the lot for $7, which isn’t much, all things considered! We picked up the lot a week or so later, and what do you know! Upon trying on the grey skirt, I found that it fit *perfectly*, especially with the brown belt that came with it (not pictured). Score! I tried on the blue one pictured to the right, and it was a little tight in the waist, but appeared to be alterable. Score 2! I then tried on the last skirt and found it to be too big, though alterable. Score 3!
The first blue pencil skirt actually turned out to be too small in the end (I got the waist to fit perfectly… but then everything else kind of shrunk on me… It wasn’t such a pretty sight 😛 ), though I may try and alter it again when I don’t have more pressing projects to fill my plate. The grey one needs a lining and a few minor places mended, which shouldn’t be too much trouble. The other blue pencil skirt is sort of my favorite of the bunch: it has a wonderful tucking detail in the back, is made of the most *delicious* wool (like, vintage-delicious delicious 😀 ), and, based upon evidence of tailors tacks and the like, I do believe it was handmade, which is just sort of heartwarming for me 🙂 That one is my current alterations project, and I can hardly wait to get it done so that I can pair it with my new bolero!
Last, but certainly not least, I present to you Eloise*: the first addition to my vintage fur collection! I guess that you really can’t call a collection a collection when there’s only one item in it… “but I can dream, can’t I?” 😉 (Kudos to you Andrews Sisters fans who got that reference!) This was another score from the vintage auction, and I am quite satisfied with it! It is in lovely condition, and will be perfect for pairing with coats, jackets and the like this Winter. It has this wonderful Russian-esque look about it that is quite stately and luxurious.
*Yes, I actually do plan on naming my furs. I don’t name many things, but with furs I make an exception 🙂
Eh… not a vintage find. Just an intruding dog 😉 She was growing quite impatient with me not letting her outside as I was taking these photos, so she laid down on my backdrop in protest 😛
Any recent vintage finds in your neck of the woods?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer