What I Wore on Thursday - April 30, 2015

by mary April 30, 2015

This week, I'm writing about What I Wore On Thursday, rather than what I wore on Wednesday. 

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is this really fun 1960's blue & white jersey dress & jacket from "Shelton's Strollers".  The purse is also from the 1960's & has a built in mirror as well as a little change purse connected by a chain.

Jersey was first produced during medieval times on the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.  According to The Fashion Guild, jersey is the simplest knit fabric & can be made with any natural or manufactured fabric.

With my dress, I wore one of my bracelets & a pair of earrings I made recently.

I made the bracelet using white beads that came from broken vintage jewelry I'd picked up at flea markets & garage sales, etc.

I made the earrings out of old lithograph tin pieces that I cut from scraps that my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran, gave me.  Ken uses pieces of old lithograph tin to make wings for Barn Birds that he sells at craft fairs & farmers markets, etc.  The gemstone beads are sodalite.  I love the pattern on these little tin pieces!

That's it for this week!  To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - April 22, 2015

by mary April 23, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is one of my favorite 1940's/1950's "little black dresses" that I picked up at the shop years ago, with a 1950s black & white purse that I just got recently, & a Diane Harty hat!

Diane Harty is a one-person millinary.  She makes her hats using an antique straw machine & an antique chain-stitch sewing machine.  I picked this hat up at the 2014 Art Fair here is Des Moines.  I have 4 of her hats & this is one of my favorites -- I absolutely love the design; it reminds me of a 1920s cloche!

I also wore 2 pieces of jewelry that I made just recently.  The first is a black, red & white charm doggy bracelet.

In addition to little Cracker Jack/gumball doggy charms, the bracelet includes a fire hydrant charm & a little locket with a doggy on the front!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old snaps.

I think old snaps make really fun & light earrings!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.my shopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - April 15, 2015

by mary April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this perfect for spring 1980's dress by Diane Von Furstenberg!

As noted in earlier blogs, Diane Von Furstenberg is best known for her "ubiquitous cotton jersey wrap dress" in the 1970's.  This dress, however, is neither a wrap dress or made of cotton jersey; instead it's made of silk.  Also, unlike all my other Diane Von Furstenberg dresses, this dress has a novelty flower print rather than a geometric design.

This dress is also interesting because it has not only a Diane Von Furstenberg label, but below that a Lord & Taylor label.  According to the Fashion Guild, Lord & Taylor is one of the oldest department stores in the US.  Lord & Taylor is noted for being one of the first to promote American designers by name; prior to that, many of the best US designers were anonymous, as Paris designers were more favored.

With this dress, I wore 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  The necklace features a locket with a floral design.

The neckace has an assymetrical design, with vintage & gemstone beads that pick up the colors in the floral design on the locket.  Inside the locket, I added a vintage photo & excerpt of a poem from a vintage book.

I made the bracelet with a tropical island theme in mind.

The tropical coins come from a coin shop here in Des Moines.  I especially love the little Treasure Island Cracker Jack/gumball book charm.  I think these are really cute, but very hard to find!

I made the earrings out of vintage buttons.

I love the patina that vintage buttons acquire over time!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the store's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - April 8, 2015

by mary April 8, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this fabulous 1970's wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg!

According to the Fashion Guild, Diane Von Furstenberg was born in Brussels & moved to New York City where she became best known for her "ubiquitous cotton jersey wrap dress" in the 1970's.  Like this dress, many had long sleeves & french cuffs.  I especially love the geometric print on this dress!

With this very fun dress, I wore one of my newest doggy charm bracelets -- made with silver, copper & gold colored vintage Cracker Jack/gumball doggie charms, as well as a fire hydrant & 1970 dog license from Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made using vintage buttons with little flowers inside & beads from an old broken necklace I picked up at a garage sale!

I thought it was fun that the dog license on the charm bracelet comes from the same time period as the dress!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage jewelry, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - April 1, 2015

by mary April 1, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this really fun peasant dress from the 1970's (parden the blurry picture -- my husband forgot to focus the camera!).

I especially love the fringe along the bottom hem!  The free-flowing peasant dress is a great example of the influence of the hippie style, representing an anti-war, peaceful, loving state of mind!

With this really fun dress, I wore one of my African-themed bracelets.

I thought the colors & charms really complemented the peasant style of the dress.

I also wore a pair of Arican-themed earrings that I'd made awhile back.

I especially like the little masks!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com. 

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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