New Dress! Retro Butterick 5880!

Woohoo! I’ve got a new dress, and it’s gorgeous! In a continuation of my life being photographed in vintage and vintage-style dresses, here are the results of about 8 hours of sewing fun!

Here's the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy cotton fabric I found!

Here’s the pattern, a vintage reprint from Butterick (B5880), and the crazy blue cotton fabric I found!

As I’ve said, I love working with fun cotton fabric, because it tends to be less expensive and so easy to work with. This particular fabric was chosen due to the changing of the seasons. I thought it would be a lovely late winter/early spring print that would make the transition nicely. Also, I don’t have nearly enough blue things to wear!

Here's a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It's got two little "v"s to keep things interesting.

Here’s a close up of my fab hair (it did what I wanted it to do!!!), and the super neat neckline! It’s got two little “v”s to keep things interesting.

It also works super well with my vintage blue starburst brooch! I did not plan this, however, one of the bursts in the fabric ended up in the perfect “brooch place” on the bodice! Splendid serendipity!

Here's the final product! Isn't it stunning?!

Here’s the final product! Isn’t it stunning?!

Another confession: The lovely swag across the front was *supposed* to be lined, and because I didn’t have quite enough fabric, I just hemmed the raw edge instead! It lies beautifully, however, since the fabric isn’t double-sided, I’ve got to be careful not to let the underside show. When I make another version (which I’d like to do immediately), I will probably choose a solid color, and add a contrasting fabric lining!

I'll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce my pocket pup: Abe Lincoln!

Isn't he the cutest?!?!

Isn’t he the cutest?!?!

So, that’s the latest sewing project of mine! It was really special because it was my first dress at the smallest size I’ve ever sewn! I only made my standard adjustments to the waist (for petites) and the hem length (super petite!), and it fits so well! As many dresses as I’ve made, it still feels like a gamble with a new pattern, and I’m so glad this one is a success!

Are you working on a new dress pattern? What made you choose it? Which fabric(s) do you like working with?

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Vintage Vogue 1940s Scissors Dress!

It has been too long since I sewed a dress! My patchwork Sally dress for Halloween took an enormous amount of effort, and then the holidays happened, so recently I decided to remedy this by making a simple pattern with a fun print!

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Vintage Vogue Pattern #2787! I found this great red/black scissor fabric on sale at Hancock’s and couldn’t pass it up!

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn't an impossible dream.

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn’t an impossible dream.

I have an armoire full of fabrics, but most of them are either insanely fancy (dupioni silks, and the like), or inappropriate for the season. So, in an effort to ease back into sewing clothing, I knew I would need a straightforward pattern, but not one I’d sewn before (there’s no adventure in that!), and fabric that’s not difficult to work with. This, to me, usually means cotton, because it tends to be inexpensive and/or on sale, plus the prints are fun and the fabric is super cooperative/non-stretchy.

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This is my final product! Although you can’t see it, there’s a closure in the black I framed with eight black jet buttons! It’s pretty darn cute!

As a general petite-person rule, I shortened the hemline by (an insane) 8 inches! Since this is a 1940s pattern, fashions dictated longer hemlines, however, as you can tell, it still comes to my knees. If you are on any kind of budget, make sure you have a working idea of where you prefer your hemline. (You’ll save enormous amounts of time, money and fabric this way!) If I hadn’t removed the extra length before cutting out my pattern pieces, I would have needed an additional yard of fabric! As it was, I managed to make this dress using only three yards (sans the suggested shoulder pads), and it is completely appropriate for work, or as a vintage-style cocktail dress!

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I opted for knee-high, black suede boots, and victory rolls to really punch up the 40s glam!

This pattern was definitely simple to sew, and although I did need to make some adjustments, they were all completely doable with a minimal amount of seam ripping! For my figure, that included taking larger darts (front and back), amending the curved front seam, as well as taking in the side seams between the sleeves and hips. All of these changes were made due to my “hourglass” shape, which requires making a larger size to accommodate my bust/hips and then making the necessary changes through the waist and shoulders.

So many curves!

So many curves!

Not only did I manage to create this dress with slightly less than the suggested yardage, but I have enough left over to make a matching hat! (When I do, no worries, I will absolutely post the final results/fab ensemble!) During one of my estate sale excursions I found, and immediately purchased, an un-covered hat form. It just so happens to be a lovely 40s-style, wide brim just aching to be covered in scissor fabric, with a contrasting black under-brim and ribbon! Also, I’m officially on the lookout for antique and/or vintage tiny scissors to help create the feathered accent piece! (It will double as a brooch for those rare occasions that aren’t hat-propriate.) If you see some, let me know!

Brimming with possibilities, isn't it??

Just brimming with possibilities, isn’t it?? (Ha!)

The brim is so perfect! It's off-center, so it is supposed to be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

It is so perfect! It’s set off-center so it can be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

For those rare occasions not requiring a hat, a fabulous 1940s inspired hairdo will definitely be an acceptable substitute! I know there are lots of tutorials, inspiration, and celebrity throwback styles to choose from! Some of these styles are easy to reproduce at home with some hot rollers and bobby pins, but obviously there are others that require finesse, four arms and extra eyes, so maybe go to a stylist. Here’s some vintage hair inspiration to help you decide!

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Betty Grable looking stunning in victory rolls that are glossy perfection! Don’t be fooled, during the process there’s a lot of teasing. It’s only smooth on the top!

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Rita Hayworth has iconic hair, and you can absolutely recreate that gorgeous wave! Even with shorter hair, just use smaller curlers!

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Veronica Lake created a sly, sexy persona with her deep part and lovely wave curls! Again, grab those curlers and this one’s an instant success!

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Diane Kruger’s modern interpretation, complete with beautiful flower fascinator, proves that a vintage style can be done with fine hair and still look stunning!

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Last, but never least, the fabulously coiffed Dita von Teese in all her 1940s glory! Everything about her is flawless.

See?? You could absolutely do that! If I can pull together a couple of victory rolls before 9:00AM with my unwashed, super fine hair, you too can recreate a glamorous vintage-inspired look! Besides, once you invest in a set of hot rollers (I bought these several years ago for $15 at Walgreens!), you can create almost any 40s-60s hairstyles. It all comes down to effort, brushing, and maybe some teasing. It’ll all be worth it when you look amazing and feel super confident! So, if you’ve got fun plans this weekend, try out a retro outfit and/or hairstyle and enjoy the compliments!

Do you wear vintage and/or vintage-style clothes from the 40s? What about hairstyles? Would you pair a vintage hairstyle with a modern/trendy look? Why or why not?

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

On this day, January 8th, 1935, a poor little baby child was born in the ghetto of Tupelo, Mississippi. That child, Elvis Aaron Presley, grew up influenced by gospel and country songs, and eventually changed rock n’ roll music forever.

Happy birthday, you crazy, hip swingin' rock n' roll vagabond!

Happy birthday, you crazy, gorgeous, sultry, hip swingin’ rock n’ roll vagabond!

As I have mentioned, I super LOVE Elvis. His voice, and animal magnetism made him an incredible performer, and his unique style resonated with millions of people all over the world, not only his generation, but their children and grandchildren! I think it was his bold, totally unapologetic outrageous-ness that made him a mega-star. He was so completely confident in his vocals, costumes and persona, he still draws people in years after his death.

Look at this cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on tv) before Elvis.

Look at this hep cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on TV) before Elvis.

During my brief time at Graceland, I was fortunate enough to see some of his amazing jumpsuit/costumes in person! They are masterpieces of craftsmanship, and quite impressive in their own right, with or without an Elvis in them!

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The entire former racquetball court is now filled with awards and jumpsuits! It’s incredible.

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SO MANY SEQUINS! Also awards. You should know, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Up close they’re amazing! (They also weigh like 50 pounds each.) How many dudes can pull off a TIGER JUMPSUIT?!?! He was so great, y’all.

As a seamstress, and a lover of vintage things, it’s completely understandable that I am all about Elvis. He was an incredible showman, and continues to live as an enduring piece of the “classic” rock era. He also sings like a sexy angel, and was kind of a badass. I love a good theme, especially for Christmas time, so a couple of years ago I did an “Elvis Christmas!”

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The whole tree! Simple, but pretty! I did a silver and blue theme to support my awesome EPE-certified ornaments!

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Sexy blue jumpsuit!

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Amazing gold and purple! Look at those ‘burns! You can really feel the heat.

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So jovial with his guitar!

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PRETTY SURE I SAW THIS ONE AT GRACELAND!

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I bought this yard of fabric that was specifically an Elvis tree skirt!!! It also made two round ornaments!

A couple of years later, I was given another AMAZING piece of cross-cultural Elvis paraphernalia!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too! I did a gold and white tree that year to match!

As you can probably tell, Elvis Presley continues to fascinate and delight, not only little ol’ me, but folks all over the world! His lasting legacy has endured because he was outlandish, original, sexy, talented, and a dedicated performer. His career included stints as a musician, singer, soldier, and actor. My favorite is Blue Hawaii!

It's so silly, but it's set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury's in it!

It’s so silly, but it’s set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury’s in it!

Although he was not a perfect man, he was an amazing talent, and remains an enduring icon of the 20th century. For his voice, his music, his performances, his sex appeal, and his over-the-top taste, I say: Thank you, sir, and I wish you a very happy birthday!

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you been to Graceland?? Would you like to go someday? Which Elvis hit is your favorite??

Random Fun Wednesday – Vintage Style, Hair & Ads!

For whatever (awesome) reason, this week has been full of lots of great articles about vintage style! I’m always excited to hear about it, whenever and where ever (as long as they’re for it), so I’m passing along some of the vintage delights!

First up, one of the more well-known icons of the 50s and 60s, Marilyn Monroe! There are so many other talented, beautiful, amazing ladies from that era whom I adore, so Marilyn is one among many for me, but I know for lots of folks she embodies hyper-glam and fabulous. All the more reason to share these photos:

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Of course she literally looks amazing in a POTATO SACK!

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The shoes in this one are my absolute favorite!

See more photos, and read more about the reason for this shoot on the Trashy Diva’s blog! (Also, buy some of their stuff, because it is GLORIOUS, and Kristen Schaal totally shops there!) It’s so funny that I ran across these photos, since I was just looking at a “potato sack dress” pattern in the midst of some 70s sewing patterns my grandmother gave me last Christmas. Apparently this was a thing, and I bet it’s on the way back! Let’s all hope we can pull it off as well as Marilyn!

Speaking of the ’70s, HuffPo has been kind enough to share a few vintage sales ads distributed by mega-retailer Target from the heyday of sweater vests and leisure suits!

I have always been jealous of stylized cartoon 70s hair. It's like Disney Princess hair with a halo of Aquanet and a tinge of polyester.

I have always been jealous of stylized cartoon 70s hair. It’s like Disney Princess hair with a halo of Aquanet, brightened by a haze of polyester.

Rock those enormous pockets, you sexy, ready-to-wear shoppers!

Rock those enormous pockets, you sexy, ready-to-wear Target shoppers!

My personal style pretty much glides from the late ’40s through to the late ’60s, skips the ’70s almost completely (since I’m neither waifish, or tall), and picks up again with the enormous shoulder pads and poufy, ’50s throwbacks of the 1980s. That being said, the style drawings from the ’70s have always caught my eye, not just because of their flowing manes, but also because the “ideal” of beauty includes such specific faces. The ladies all look like “Charlie’s Angels,” and the men all look like swaggering, square-jawed TV soap opera stars. It’s a pleasant, attractive fantasy, but an itchy, disappointing reality, given the leftover clothes, anyway.

Everyone was so slim and pretty, with such gorgeous, feathery hair!

Everyone was so slim and pretty, with such gorgeous, bouncy hair!

Knowing that styles ultimately rotate in and out of fashion, and that I’m completely content to leave the ’70s revival to people who are both taller, more lithe, and have bodies better suited to those styles, I AM all about a return of the (actual) vintage styles of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s returning in full force! Thanks to Mad Men, vintage style has moved from more fringe group of rockabilly revivalists to the mainstream. Thankfully, walking around looking like Joan Harris (née Holloway) or Betty Francis (formerly Draper) is no longer considered more of a costume than an ensemble.

She's just so fabulous! How could you NOT want to look like that??

She’s just so fabulous! How could you NOT want to look like that??

The more classic 50s look, as worn by a beautiful, unhappy narcissist.

The more “classic,” full-skirted ’50s look, as worn by a beautiful, unhappy narcissist.

So, while the Style team at HuffPo is a tad late on the draw, as some of these (at least, according to me and other awesome vintage lovers) have already made a significant comeback, here are some they are now officially supporting!

Lynn Collyer in the '40s, wearing an incredible hat, and gloves! I actually have a pair of white leather "driving gloves," because who wants to look like they've been out in the fields?? Protect your hands, too ladies!

Lynn Collyer in the ’40s, wearing an incredible hat, and gloves! I actually have a pair of white leather “driving gloves,” because who wants to look like they’ve been out in the fields?? Protect your hands, too, ladies!

HATS! Let's all wear hats constantly, please!

HATS! Let’s all wear hats constantly, please!

Joan Bennett, photographed in 1925, definitely vintage, and wearable whenever it's cold! I bought a children's fur coat at the thrift store, and fully intend to make a muff (or two!) from the sleeves!

Joan Bennett, photographed in 1925, sporting a beautiful fur muff! An amazing accessory when it’s cold! I bought a children’s fur coat at the thrift store, and fully intend to make a muff (or two!) from the sleeves!

Wide-leg pants are beautiful for work, or for a causal stroll (while wearing an enormous hat, obvs.) Despite my stance on pants, I'm for these!

Wide-leg pants are beautiful for work, or for a causal stroll (while wearing an enormous hat, obvs). Despite my stance on pants, I’m super for these!

YES! Pier Angeli looks beautiful, and the added pop of color a neck scarf can provide brings attention to your face!

YES! Pier Angeli looks beautiful, and the added pop of color a neck scarf can provide brings attention to your face!

Gorgeous! Love everything about it, and since I currently own three petticoats, I'm definitely for full skirts!

Gorgeous! Love everything about it, and since I currently own three petticoats, I’m definitely for full skirts!

Last, but not least! Take a tip from Dita von Teese, and find a pair of seamed tights for that extra glamorous sex appeal!

And for underneath, take a tip from vintage-inspired burlesque star Dita von Teese, and buy a pair of seamed tights for that extra glamorous, vintage sex appeal!

So, for those of you who didn’t already know, these fashion statements are IN, and if you choose to incorporate some, or all of theses items into your fashion rotation, you’ll be right on the money! Fortunately, we live in a time when most fashion statements (even the unfortunate ones) tend to be socially acceptable. Ultimately, wear whatever makes you feel and look your best, and if adding a hint of vintage, or going full-out glam, does it for you, go for it!

What’s your favorite style decade? Do you wear vintage clothes and/or accessories? Which are your favorites? Do you own some, but aren’t sure how to style them? Wear them constantly and have advice to offer? Please share!

Vintage Sewing Pattern Extravaganza!

So, I was casually scrolling on the Facebook yesterday, and saw a post by We Sew Retro about a version of Simplicity 1795 done by Miss Allie Mass. Well, her version looked so nice, and the pattern seemed pretty simple/straightforward, so I immediately sought out a copy via Etsy.

Gorgeous! I want one, too!

Gorgeous! I want one, too!

As some of you may know, vintage patterns on Etsy are in pretty high demand, or at least the people selling them think they are, so the least expensive copy (which was a size 12) was about $20 including shipping! (I still have to buy the fabric and make the dress, geez.) Instead of paying monies, I thought to myself, I’ll look through Mom’s stash of older patterns and just see!

These patterns are mostly from the 40s and 50s, and belonged to either my Aunt Donna or Great-grandmother Wade.

These patterns are mostly from the 40s and 50s, and belonged to either my Aunt Donna or Great-grandmother Wade.

Quelle suprise! Turns out, we totally DO own it!

AND it's a 14! Success!

AND it’s a 14! Minimal re-sizing = Success!

While I was at it, I gently dug through the rest of the box to see what other delightful patterns I could find, and treasure resulted! There were lots of fun, simple patterns with unique neck lines:

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Love the subtle triangles!

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Such a pretty, feminine scalloped edge!

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A contrasting interwoven ribbon?! Yes, please!

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This one is a particular favorite of mine! The sleeves and the collar are so pointy!

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Some subtle tucks at the neckline make this simple dress more fabulous!

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This is an earlier, 1940s pattern, and is clearly a day dress, however, the triangular accent on the neckline adds pizzazz and uniqueness!

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This dress has an angled, button front! SO COOL!

Fun and interesting necklines aside, there were also some neat skirts:

I will have a dress like this!

I will have a dress like this, since essentially having two skirts is even better than a peplum!

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Suspender-skirt is ADORBS! Plus, a classic circular skirt, with some super cute (and slimming) bow accents!

Delightful 1940s nighties and day dresses:

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Cannot wait to elegantly lounge in this!

Plus, just in time, CAPES:

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YES!

Last, but not least, these fabulous hat and hood patterns:

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We’re having a hat making party, y’all!!!

To wrap it up, two of my favorites, the first because it’s hilarious, and the second because it couldn’t be more fabulous!

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We’re gonna need to schedule a tupperware party ASAP.

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The lauded “shelf bust” dress! When I make it, I’m going to look just like Liz Taylor! *Dreams coming true*

One of my favorite activities is going through vintage patterns for inspiration, and this Sunday was a complete success without even leaving my house! I am hoping to maintain this excitement into actually producing several of these dresses. Despite the insane amount of time and fabric some of these patterns require, I think the final products will be amazing! Plus, even when I work on a simple pattern, odds are that I’ll be learning at least one new technique. There may be time between now and New Year’s Eve to make one! Here’s hoping!

Any suggestions about which one I should start with?? Which is your favorite? Do you like vintage sewing patterns? From which decade/era? Do you have a collection? Where’s your favorite place to purchase?

Re-purposing A China Cabinet for Jewelry Display!

Happy Friday!!!

Let's get this sexy weekend started!

Let’s get this sexy weekend started!

Among my many crafty projects is one I’ve recently undertaken to become more efficient, as well as more fabulous! I re-purposed my grandmother’s China cabinet from its latest incarnation (basically a liquor cabinet, sorry MeeMaw), into a lovely display case for (most of) my jewelry, and some other pretty things!

Here she stands, with as much excess removed as possible, ready to be transformed!

Here she stands, with as much excess removed as possible, ready to be transformed! (Ovbs, this was taken closer to Halloween, since my vultures and display legs are hanging out.)

My maternal grandmother sort of started this family trend, by having an outrageous collection of jewelry built up over the years due to a preference for shiny things, and extensive world travels. Hers is truly glorious, and the cabinet is a sublime slice of the ’70s. It sits in a corner of her master suit/”love oasis” of a shared bathing area. Seriously, the secret to being happily married for 60+ years is an enormous, turquoise bathtub.

Pretty great, right?? They've had to move downstairs, plus Christmas, so things are a little hectic.

Pretty great, right?? They’ve had to move downstairs, plus Christmas, so things are a little hectic, but you can tell how sizeable this cabinet is.

See?? They built their custom house in 1973, and two separate vanities, two closets and an enormous bathtub is what they decided. LOVE this. It was super fun as a kid, too!

See?? They built their custom house in 1973, and two separate vanities, two closets, and an enormous bathtub is what they decided. Brilliant! (The shower curtain is a recent development.) I LOVE this. It was super fun as a kid, too!

Now my mother also has a jewelry cabinet, as do at least two of my cousins! So, with the limited space I have, and the diminished necessity of displaying pint glasses, I decided I would make one, too! I have documented my process, which may or may not help those of you out there who’ve outgrown your jewelry boxes, and are looking for a way to exhibit your ever-expanding jewelry collection. This would be a great display for any small to medium-sized collection, really. It is also a super effective way to utilize inherited furniture!

I started by measuring the width and height of the bottom two shelves. I wanted to cover the base and back of each one, so I also measured depth.

I started by measuring the width and height of the bottom two shelves. (Measure everything! They were slightly different.) I wanted to cover the base and back of each one, so I also measured the depth.

I have some lovely red satin fabric, and since it looks so nice with the dark wood (plus I had enough of it), I decided to use it to cover the heavy paper I “borrowed” from my brother (he’s an architecture student). Since the shelves in my China cabinet cannot be removed, I had to come up with a way to insert these covers, in order to protect the wood and also aid in the display process (hanging necklaces or pinning brooches, for example).  The simplest way to do that was to find a material that was sturdy, but flexible, and this thick paper (heavier than card stock, but thinner than cardboard) was ideal, at least for the bottom of the shelves. I cut the paper into two strips that would fit onto the base/bottom of each shelf, cut two pieces of fabric at least 3″ wider/longer than the paper, then simply folded the fabric over and hot glued the edges down to the back of the paper.

Unique Item - Pants stretchers! (Living with a hoarder can be really handy sometimes.)

Unique Item – Vintage pants stretchers! (Living with a hoarder can be really handy sometimes.)

For the back of the shelves, I needed something even more flexible to be able to fit into the small, one door opening, and stronger to actually hold the weight of the jewelry. Mom to the rescue! She managed to round up (in, like, 10 minutes) two vintage pant stretchers! Random, I know, but completely perfect for this particular project. They extend (height-wise, for my purposes), were the just the right width, and are bendy enough to get through the opening without too much trouble. I wish I had pictures of that process, but it involved both of my hands, one of my legs, and some effort with my chin. (Worth it!)

I basically created a lined sleeve to slip the pants extenders into, using the measurements of the shelves height and width.

I basically created a lined sleeve to slip the pants extenders into, using the measurements of the shelves’ height and width. Making them longer than necessary, I left the ends open and simply folded them back for a clean edge once they were in place inside the cabinet.

Here's the view of the inside of the sleeve before I slid in the pants extender.

Here’s the view of the inside of the sleeve, after turning, but before I slid in the pants extender. THAT took some doing. It was a snug fit, but that is exactly what I needed for extra support.

Close up of the lined shelves!

Close up of the lined shelves! The red makes everything pop so nicely!

I decided to keep some of my non-jewelry things in the cabinet, partially because I currently have an effective storage space for my necklaces, so I didn’t need to, and partially because they’re just so pretty! It was either this or a box, and I thought incorporation would be better. Adding loveliness and variation is always a good decision!

See all my earrings, drops, and bracelets!? Me too! Now I won't forget I have them!

See all my earrings, drops, fancy headbands, giant rings, and bracelets!? Me too! Now I won’t forget I have them!

Another organization hack out of Sylvia’s playbook, I used one of those tins that Valentine’s candies come in to organize my non-hook earrings! Since I love vintage stuff, I have lots of screw-on, clip on, and stud earrings that I wasn’t able to display, but now I can easily see them (plus they’re color-coded!), and I definitely wear them more often! I used my milk glass compote to hold my bracelets, and have my fancy headbands and hat pin in a well-deserved place of prominence!

The "finished" product!

The “finished” product! So lovely!

This is still a project in progress. I would like to add my brooches, a couple of smaller frames with wire for the hook earrings, and display some of my more ornate necklaces, but putting it together was extremely fulfilling and I wanted to share! Although I know some people do not have the space, or the jewelry collection, to display like this, being able to view the gorgeous things I already own makes me feel grateful and fortunate every day. Any prized collection should be seen and appreciated daily, if possible, otherwise these lovely items get forgotten so easily, only to become under-utilized and under-valued. Don’t let this happen to you! Proudly display your beautiful and/or unique things, and let them be an encouraging reminder of how incredible you are for having such awesome taste!

How do you display your jewelry? Any great organizational tips to share?? Do you have lots more of any particular item (necklaces, rings, brooches, etc.)? Do you have another prized collection on display in your home? Please share!

“21 Beauty Secrets Southern Belles Swear By”

Thought I would share this piece by The Huffington Post‘s Style section, and just save us all a ton of time! They have been kind enough to poll their massive following for beauty tips, and I’m all about it!

Apparently we’re still operating under the ultra-dramatic shadow of Gone with the Wind, a movie I cannot stand. (I am not sorry!) It’s absolutely beautiful, devastating, iconic, and heart wrenching, but it’s also a MILLION hours of overwrought, “faithful slave” hocking, romanticized nonsense. According to people in “the know,” Margaret Mitchell didn’t even like it, and refused to be involved with the adaptation!

DRAMA!

Exhaustive drama! War, Multiple marriages, Death, Starvation, Hoop Skirts, Endless Wounded Soldiers, Business Ownership, Unrequited Love, Dresses made out of Curtains and Desperation, Birth, Fire, Madness, and so many Horses!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it looks; the actors, costumes, cinematography and settings are all completely gorgeous. I would just rather look at the pictures than have to sit through the drivel.

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Ohhh, but I love YOU, Ashley!

In any case, I think we can all agree that Vivien Leigh was ridiculously beautiful as Scarlett O’Hara, and managed to create one of the most well known, snappy, manipulative, desperate, conniving, delightful, homesick, dedicated, intense Southern women in cinema.

Tighter, Mammy!

Tighter, Mammy!

What a flirt!

What a flirt!

This dress is incredible.

This dress is incredible.

Beautiful and Desperate

Beautiful and Desperate Dress

It looked great on Carol Burnett, too!

Aside: It looked great on Carol Burnett, too!

All giggles.

Scarlett’s all giggles. That’s what a roll in the hay with Clark Gable does to ya.

"I'll never go hungry again!" (Until you want that 18" waist back.)

“I’ll never go hungry again!” (Not until you want to get that 18″ waist back.)

And, whether or not you’re a fan of the film, these “Southern Beauty Tips” are sure to be useful, if not entertaining. So, take your pick, add to the list, and let me have it in the comments!