One of a kind skirt ~

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So I’ve reposted this really cute and simple skirt I had for sale a while ago.  A friend of mine brought home some fabric she says was from Tahiti – oh how I wish I could take a trip there!  Her BF is from there, but anyhow, she said she didn’t know what to do with it, his mom or sister had given it to her – and being that I’d done a couple of custom things for her in the past she thought she’d give it to me.  There wasn’t a lot of the fabric, but it was an interesting print.  I just made it into a simple skirt thinking that someone might enjoy it.  It looked really good at the photo shoot, and it’s so comfy too – of course I couldn’t resist trying it on.  One of the hazards of using myself to size, I get tempted often to keep the finished products!!

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By the way – I just reduced the price on the vintage yellow dress!  In case you know anyone who might be interested!  I really wish I could find it a good home!  https://www.etsy.com/listing/168757375/beautiful-vintage-yellow-peasant-dress?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Why hello yellow!

I’ve posted this dress before, but I have it for sale in my Etsy shop now ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/168757375/beautiful-vintage-yellow-peasant-dress?ref=shop_home_active_3 ) and I wish I could find it a good home.  It’s one of the vintage dresses my grandma gave me that sadly don’t fit me.  I was able to find a couple of great models to take pictures in it for me and I just love the yellow!  Especially in the beach photo shoot.  If you’re interested in buying, leave me a comment! =)

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Costume to custom…

So, I was recently tasked with refashioning a vintage skirt.  She found the skirt at a theater costume sale and loved the look, but it was too full.  Not to mention, vintage sizes are sooooo tiny!  I swear it said size 6 but it was like a size 0 in today’s sizes. 

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So she gave me a skirt that she wanted it to be similar to.  I simply cut off the waist, because it was too small, but I made sure to keep the zipper because I thought that would still be a good touch.  I laied out the model skirt, and cut up the sides.  The way the skirt was, I thought it should have some shape, and not just be a straight skirt, so I left some of the sides for swaying – cause what girl doesn’t love when her skirt swishes!  And then I simply sewed up the side seams.

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I added some elastic to the waist, just in case!  And kept the back zipper. 

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Easy peasy!  Simple way to refashion.  Happy customer!  She wore it a week later with a more fitted top and it looked awesome!!

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Back in the day…

So okay, I love my grandma.  She is literally the queen bee of my family, like the Godfather – except she’s Asian, maybe 4’10”, at most 95 pounds – but when she talks, everyone listens.  When there are problems, big decisions to be made, drama…everyone goes to her.  She’s the hub.  But don’t get it twisted, when you think of grandmas you think milk and cookies – oh no, not my grandma.  She believes in tough love, her words will cut you, she will hit you with the broomstick if she feels you deserve it (you can ask my brother).  She’s not the kiss-the-boo-boo type of grandma, she slaps on the bandaid and tells you “stop crying you’re not dying, grandma doesn’t like cry babies” (you can ask my daughter this one).  She’s wise, she’s gone through some stuff, and when anything unknown comes up it’s always – “well ask Grandma”.  There are 5 living generations on that side of my family, my daughter being the youngest, then me, my father, my grandmother and my great grandmother.  While we don’t see her often, I do love when my daughter gets to visit with her great-great grandmother.  And my little one in fact has 4 great grandmothers alive.  Anyhow, there are alot of years there.

So a while back, grandma called me since she knows I sew, I sell stuff, I sell vintage stuff – and asked if I wanted to come by and grab some things from her closet that she no longer wanted.  She said maybe I could make a few dollars out of them.  So we went through the bags, and it was touching to see a soft side of her as she reminisced with me about time periods of her life that she wore those clothes.  Pointing out her favorites, telling me about places she’d gone – my grandfather (who has long since passed) of course in the military these stories included Panama, Germany, the States…I almost didn’t want to take the clothes, but she insisted.  She said she had no need for them anymore.

It’s for sure that I can’t fit the clothes and I don’t have the heart to cut them up.  It was hard finding models who could get the buttons buttoned up or zippers zipped up because she is such a tiny woman.  But they say great things come in small packages.  Vintage items have so much history.  Its great to think someone else might be able to enjoy the life these clothes have lived.