What I Wore on Saturday, February 27, 2016

by mary February 28, 2016

On Saturday, February 27, I wore this really fun vintage polka dot blouse that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.  At first, I thought the polka dots were black on white, but about mid-afternoon, I realized they were dark navy blue on white!  I'm also wearing a Diane Harty hat that I got at the Des Moines Art Festival a couple of years ago.  While not vintage, the artist makes her hats using a vintage braiding method & machine.

I looked up the history of polka dots on-line, & according to the site "Hairpin", polka dots first became popular in the US after Miss America wore a polka dot swimsuit in 1926.  Later, in 1928, Disney introduced Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress.  Polka dots were again popular in the late 40s/50s, when Christian Dior introduced the New Look hourglass dresses, with many featuring polka dots.  One of the things I remember growing up in the 1960s was the song, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"!

With my vintage outfit, I wore red jewelry, since February is Valentine's Day Month, including 2 pieces of my jewerly that feature Mickey & Minnie Mouse!

I made the necklace out of a broken vintage Loras Mickey & Minnie Mouse watch, as well as coral & jet gemstone beads.

I also wore a Mickey Mouse charm bracelet I made last fall.

The charms on the bracelet include Cracker Jack/gumball hard plastic charms from the 1950s & 1960s, as well as a celluloid Mickey from the 1930s & 1940s. 

When I decided to wear the 2 Mickey Mouse pieces of jewelry, I hadn't realized the connection to polka dots.  I just like Mickey & Minnie Mouse charms, & thought they were a fun complement to my outfit!

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Sunday, February 21, 2016

by mary February 25, 2016

On Sunday, February 21, I wore a really fun almost psychedelic-patterned blouse from the 1960s to the Des Moines Playhouse with my mother-in-law & a friend.  I got the blouse through one of the vintage Facebook groups I belong to.  I'm also carrying a red patten-leather Kelly-style purse that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

The blouse was made by Lady Arrow, an offshoot of the Arrow brand that made men's attire starting in 1885, according to the Fashion Guild.

With my fun blouse, I wore 3 pieces of jewelry I've made.

I made this necklace out of vintage bakelite game chips that I found at Found Things in East Village, Des Moines a couple of years ago.  I also used red coral gemstone & black beads.  I love the colors & feel of old bakelite!

I made the bracelet I wore out of vintage Cracker Jack & gumball dog charms, plus a little fire hydrant charm & a tiny heart locket with a dog on it!

And I wore a pair of earrings I made out of vintage fishing lures!

The earrings were really fun to make, although I had to really watch out for the hooks!

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Saturday, February 20, 2016

by mary February 22, 2016

On Saturday, February 20, I wore this fabulous late 40s/early 50s pink knit jacket with gold metallic thread woven through it.  I found this at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago. 

The jacket does not have a label, & looks as if it might have been handmade.  I'm also thinking it may have had a matching skirt -- probably narrow -- with it at one time.  This is one of my favorite vintage jackets -- both for it's color & the way it fits, plus I love the cut of the sleeves.  I'm also carrying a 40's snakeskin purse that I picked up through one of the vintage Facebook groups I belong to.

With my outfit, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I made last fall.

I made the necklace out of old watch (& watch fob) parts, a couple of old keys, a heart, & several pieces of vintage chain.

I made the earrings out of crinoid fossils that I found at the fall lapidary show here in Des Moines & an old bead, that I wire-wrapped with brass wire.

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

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What I Wore on Saturday, February 20, 2016

by mary February 22, 2016

On Saturday, February 20, I wore this fabulous late 40s/early 50s pink knit jacket with gold metallic thread woven through it.  I found this at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago. 

The jacket does not have a label, & looks as if it might have been handmade.  I'm also thinking it may have had a matching skirt -- probably narrow -- with it at one time.  This is one of my favorite vintage jackets -- both for it's color & the way it fits, plus I love the cut of the sleeves.  I'm also carrying a 40's snakeskin purse that I picked up through one of the vintage Facebook groups I belong to.

With my outfit, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I made last fall.

I made the necklace out of old watch (& watch fob) parts, a couple of old keys, a heart, & several pieces of vintage chain.

I made the earrings out of crinoid fossils that I found at the fall lapidary show here in Des Moines & an old bead, that I wire-wrapped with brass wire.

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

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What I Wore on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

by mary February 17, 2016

One Tuesday afternoon a month, I meet a couple of friends for coffee & fellowship.  On Tuesday, February 16, I wore this fabulous pin 1950s orlon sweater for our coffee date!

The label on the sweater says the brand name is Futurelon.  I love orlon, it's so soft, almost like cashmere.  According to what I found on-line, DuPont created the first acrylic fibers in 1941 & trademarked them under the name Orlon.  According to Vintage Fashion Guild, a British company trademarked the material under the name Courtelle.  Orlon is soft & warm & was often used in sweaters, as well as blankets.  Interestingly, it can also be made to imitage cotton.

With my sweater, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I'd made recently.

I made the necklace from parts of an orphan earring, as well as brass chain & pink crystal beads & a heart charm.

I also wore a pair of earrings that I made with vintage pearls from a broken necklace & vintage chain.

I think it's sort of ironic that I made the necklace out of a broken earring & the earrings out of a broken necklace.

To see more of my jewelry, go to http://pauliinesjewelrybox.com.

And, thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Saturday, February 13, 2016

by mary February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

On February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, I wore this fabulous vintage red suit jacket from the 1950s that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

The jacket actually has a skirt that goes with it, but it was really cold Saturday, so I decided to wear pants.  The label on the jacket is "A Fine Original", which made it really hard to check on-line for more information about the maker.  I love this jacket, though, especially the cloth-covered buttons, interesting lapels, & detailed pockets!  I'm also carrying a fun vintage red ribbed clutch that I also got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

With my Valentine's Day outfit, I wore 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.

I made the necklace using a vintage textured heart pendant, vintage rosary chain & red crystal beads.

This bracelet features vintage charms of female saints, as well as red & cream coral gemstone beads.

Coral is said to provide protective qualities.

Finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made out of discs that I cut out of vintage lithograph tin, plus red crystal beads.

To see 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://paulinesjewelryshop.com.

Thanks for reading, & have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, February 6, 2016

by mary February 7, 2016

On Saturday, February 6, I wore this fabulous 1940s jacket that I got recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, using a gift certificate I got for Christmas from my mother-in-law & father-in-law.  I carried a 1940s wool purse with a lucite pull that belonged to my mother.

The jacket has large padded shoulders, dolman sleeves, & a cinched waist & peplum.  According to the Encyclopedia of Fashion, dolman sleeves are often called batwing sleeves since they are very wide at the shoulder & taper to the wrists & look like a wing when your arms are held out.  They have been used in women's clothing since 1910 & peaked in popularity in the 1940s.

The labels on the jacket say it came from the Unity store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; & was "designed by Kell of Tropicaleen".  I tried to find out more about the Unity store, but couldn't find anything on-line.  I even e-mailed a question to the Milwaukee Historical Society, but haven't heard back from them yet.  I was especially interested in learning more about the shop, since I grew up in Menomonee Falls & have many positive memories about going into Milwaukee occasionally with my mother to shop downtown.

With my outfit, I wore a necklace I made last year & pair of earrings I made recently. 

I made the necklace out of miniature bakelite dominoes that I found at an antique mall in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

I also wore a pair of earrings I made using mahjong tiles from a broken vintage bracelet, silvertone wire, & black crystal beads.

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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What I Wore on Saturday, January 30, 2016

by mary February 2, 2016

On Saturday, January 30, I wore this fabulous gabardine 1940's jacket that I got several years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, & a hat I got recently from a friend who also loves vintage & makes jewelry!

I love the cut of the jacket & it has great pockets!  The label on the jacket looks like "Sandy Ray Junior", although it's really hard to read.

(Steve took this picture after I got home at the end of the day, & Belle -- our beagle -- just had to check me out!)

I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made this last year with my outfit.

I made this necklace out of a broken vintage fur clip, that I wire-wrapped with silvertone wire.

I also used new old stock (NOS) beads & pieces from 2 vintage broken seed bead rosaries.

And, I wore these earrings that I made from vintage bakelite game chips that I got at an antique mall here in Des Moines.

I love the way the game chips pick up the color of the jacket.

To see more 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.

Thanks for reading!

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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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