What I Wore on Wednesday - February 25, 2014

by mary February 26, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a fabulous black velvet 1940s jacket with rhinestone buttons.  (My little friend is Belle, our beagle!)

Here's a closer look at the jacket.

Shoulder pads first appeared in women's fashions in 1931 when Elsa Schiaperelli used them in her designs.  In the 30s, they were generally positioned at the top of the sleeve to extend the shoulder line.  in doing so, shoulder pads helped to make a woman's waistline look smaller.  After the start of WWII, women's fashions had a more military look & shoulder pads were larger & positioned at the top of the shoulder, as are those in this jacket, to create a more solid confidant look. 

Today's jewelry includes a necklace I made recently using vintage chandelier crystals.

I also used crystal beads with what I thought was an interesting shape that I had from a broken necklace, as well as broken rosary & other chain.

I also wore a charm bracelet I made with an ice-skating theme, using little Cracker Jack/gumball skating charms.

I thought this bracelet was especially appropriate for today, since it snowed all afternoon here in Des Moines!

For earrings, I wore these Maltese Cross earrings that I made using charms from a broken vintage French charm bracelet that I got in a lot of broken jewelry.

The Maltese cross dates back to the 16th century; today numerous French communes (towns) have the Maltese cross on their coat of arms.

That's it for this week's What I Wore on Wednesday!  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 and have a great week!

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Meet Lalani!

by mary February 23, 2015

Meet Lalani, my newest model!

I named her Lalani for 2 reasons -- first because I found her through the Facebook group "Ooh La La Vintage"; & second because I liked that the name Lalani is of Hawaiian origin & means "heavenly lei".

Here she is modeling an oriental-themed charm bracelet . . .

I made the charm bracelet using bone charms, oriental coins, & jade & coral gemstone beads.

And here she is modeling a necklace . . .

I especially like the bird pendant on this necklace, & the way the filigree piece hanging from it, the brass beads & the pearls complement the pendant.

When she's not modeling my jewelry, she sits on my dresser & holds the jewelry I've picked to wear for the next day.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 18, 2015

by mary February 19, 2015

Yesterday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a fabulous 1950s sweater trimmed with pearls & tiny silver-colored glass beads, & a pair of 1970s bell-bottoms!

According to the Fashion Guild, prior to the 1920s, sweaters were primarily utilitarian.  Chanel & Schiaperelli changed this in the 1920s & 1930s with the introduction of cashmere sweaters.  Then in the 1940s, designers began decorating sweaters with beads, sequins, & metal studs for evening wear.  By the 1950s, sweaters were an important part of evening wear, & were decorated in beads, sequins, lace, appliques, rhinestones & huge fur collars.  The trend for decorated sweaters continued into the 1960s.  Most 1950s & early 1960s sweaters had 3/4 length "bracelet" sleeves like this one; later in the 1960s sleeves lengthened to cover the wrist.

Here's a close-up of the trim on this sweater.

Bell-bottoms gained popularity in Europe & North America in the 1960s.  By 1967, they had moved from high fashion to the hippie counter-culture; although by the 1970s they were again part of mainstream fashion. 

To compliment te pearl & silver trim & the pearl buttons on the sweater, I wore a pair of silver & pearl earrings I made with vintage pearls from a broken necklace & silver circular discs from another broken necklace. 

I also wore a sterling silver bracelet I made in a forming class last spring.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday"!  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.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 11

by mary February 12, 2015

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet outfit was a bright red Leslie Fay shirt dress with bright blue piping on the collar & a bright red & blue the belt!

Fred Pomerantz founded the Leslie Fay clothing business in 1947, naming it after his daughter.  He began making clothing in 1942 when he made uniforms for women in the US military.  After the war ended, he started the company & made affordable dresses & sportswear.  Based on the label design, I'm thinking Wednesday's dress is probably from the late 1960s or early 1970's.

With my Leslie Fay dress, I'm wearing a necklace I made using red crystal beads & rosary chain, as well as a silver filigree heart.  The dangle at the back is a red glass heart.

I'm also wearing a pair of earrings I made recently, using discs that I cut out of tin lithograph scraps I got from my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran (whirly things), & plastic red crystal beads.  One of the things I really like about the tin discs, in addition to the beautiful lithograph patterns, is how lightweight they are -- perfect for earrings!

Finally, I wore this cute "Everybody Loves Minnie!" charm bracelet that I made with old Cracker Jack/gumball Minnie Mouse charms, as well as little red heart charms.  Although Minnie first appeared in 1928, she didn't get her full name, Minerva Mouse until 1942.  She is generally portrayed as Mickey Mouse's girlfriend.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday".  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.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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February 2015 Fairgrounds Flea Market

by mary February 9, 2015

Saturday, February 7, was another flea market at the State Fairgrounds, and I came away with a few fun finds!

First, our dear friend Patti had sent along a bag of old jewelry for her husband Rich to give me.

I'm thinking I will keep the red thermoset earrings for myself, but am anxious to see what I can make with the rest of it. 

Probably my favorite find was this celluloid chain & fan . . .

It's really hard to find celluloid chain at a reasonable price & this was a really nice long piece!  It should work great with some of my lucite or bakelite pieces.  It will be fun to see if there is something I could make with the fan blades as well.

The other 2 smalls I found were these tiny chandelier crystals & a 1970 dog tag from Cedar Rapids.

The crystal pieces are small & light enough that I think they might work in a pair of earrings.

I also almost bought a good size bag of assorted change, but realized I didn't have quite enough money on me for it.  A friend ended up buying it instead & said there really wasn't that much usable chain in it, so I didn't feel so bad after all about not being able to get it.

Another fun day at the flea market & some new "found things" to add to my inventory & to inspire me to make some more jewelry!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 4

by mary February 5, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit includes this great fun Glentex houndstooth jacket from the 1960's. 

Houndstooth is a 2-tone pattern that features broken checks or abstract 4-pointed stars.  I read recently that it's also called "dogstooth".  Houndstooth originated in Scotland.

I looked up Glentex on the internet & found the registered trademark was applied for in 1939, & the company specialized in scarves.  Glentex was popular in the 1950s, & worked with designers such as Schiaparelli & Gloria Vanderbilt in the 1960's & 1970's.

With my jacket, I wore a pair of black & creamy white earrings that I made with new old stock circular beads that I picked up at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin & black onyx gemstone beads from a bead shop in Valley Junction, West Des Moines, Iowa. 

I also wore a charm bracelet I made with vintage buttons.  I especially love the little lucite buttons & the ones that have rhinestones set in them!

And, I wore a sterling silver cuff that I made in a class I took at the Des Moines Art Center on hammering & forming metal jewelry.

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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Valentine & Heart Jewelry

by mary February 3, 2015

With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I would gather together some of the jewelry I've made that features hearts -- turns out I had more than I thought I did, although several pieces have sold . . .

I made this first charm bracelet just recently, with Valentine's Day in mind.  The gemstones, rose agate & red coral, are both said to be symbols of love.  I added a little cupid charm as well.

I made this next charm "Key to My Heart" bracelet earlier this year using little heart & key charms that I picked up at various garage sales & flea markets, plus 3 freshwater pearls.

I also made a "Key to My Heart" necklace -- this one also includes little crystal beads as well as pearls, & heart & key charms.  The pendant is a vintage locket -- inside I added excerpts from "Love Me To-Night" from musci sheets of Bing Crosby's favorite songs.

This next necklace is made with a vintage silver filigree heart & red beads & rosary chain.  The dangle at the back is a red crystal heart shaped bead.

This last necklace has a reversable pendant -- on one side is a fairy, the other side I've filled with resin & watch parts.  I think the pendant may have originally been 1/2 of a locket!

Here's the other side of the pendant . . .

For most of these, I wasn't necessarily thinking about Valentine's Day when I made them -- I guess I just like hears & the color red!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses . . . to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - January 28, 2014

by mary January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a really fun brightly colored tropical maxi from the 1960s/1970s. 

 

The label says it was "Made in Hawaii for Kimo's Polynesian Shop".  Kimo's Polynesian Shop opened in 1964 in the San Fernando Valley.  It was one of two shops in the area (the other was Hawaii in the Valley) that specialized in Hawaiian clothing.  Other shops in the area included the Bora Bora Room Tiki Bar.  The surf craze of the 1960's (including music by Beach Boys and Jan & Dean) made Hawaiian clothing popular again, as did the TV series Hawaii Five-O in the 1970s & 1980s. 

With my fun Hawaiian maxi, I decided to wear a pair of earrings I made out of vintage lucite plastic pieces & matching glass beads.

The hot pink & bright green of the earrings are pretty much a perfect match for the Hawaiian maxi!

I also chose a "Come Fly With Me" charm bracelet that I made this fall with Cracker Jack, gumball & vending machine charms from the 1960s. 

My favorite charm is the little Sabena Belgian Airlines charm -- the Sabena Belgian Airlines began in 1923 & operated until 2001.

It was a beautiful spring-like day here in Des Moines this afternoon, with temparatures in the upper 50's -- perfect for a dress that makes me think of the tropics!

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 and for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- January 21

by mary January 21, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet outfit is a really fun 1950's felt circle skirt & a pink "Futura-Lon" orlon sweater with pink pearl buttons.

The circle skirt was one of 3 styles of full skirts popular in the 1950s.  It was called a circle skirt because it was cut in the shape of a donut, with the inner circle the waist measurement & the outer circle creating the fullness.  Many had appliques, frequently a poodle -- although flamingos, martinis, telephones & the Eiffel Tower were also popular.  They were especially popular among teenagers for sock hops.  They make me think of the movie Grease.

Orlon acrylic fabric was developed by DuPont in 1941.  Initially there wasn't much of a market for orlon, until it was made into a bulky yarn & used in sweaters in the 1950s.  One of the things I love about orlon is its softness, almost as soft as cashmere! 

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  First, a 1950's themed charm bracelet that includes 2 "Be-Bop" record charms, as well as a pair of jitterbug dancers, a soda bottle, sunglasses, & radio.  The White Rock Cream Soda charm is especially rare.

I thought the charm bracelet was perfect for my 50's outfit!

For my earrings, I chose a tough girl look! 

I thought the pink hearts, silver pistols & black beads were a great complement to my skirt & sweater, & fit the "bad girl" image sometimes associated with the 1950s in movies like Grease,

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

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Repurposed/Upcycled Jewelry Made with Lithographed Tin

by mary January 18, 2015

Recently, I got a big "treasure" box of lithograph tin scraps from my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran.  They came from old tin doll houses, candy & cookie containers, trays, etc.  Ken uses them to make the wings for birds that he makes out of barnwood for yard ornaments.  I had asked him if he did anything with the scraps & since he didn't, he said I could have them.

I thought I would see if I could make jewelry out of them. None of the pieces were very big, but they had some really great colors & patterns on them, so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to start by cutting little circular discs of various sizes from some of the scraps, then sanded the edges smooth.  Next, I sorted them out & started playing with different designs & combining them with charms & beads.  Once I had a couple ideas laid out, I punched holes as needed to make a necklace & 3 pairs of earrings.

Here's the necklace . . .

I really like the bright colors & flower patterns on these discs, & thought the silver butterflies for the pendant & dangle at the back made a good complement for the flower theme.

For the earrings, I tried several different combinations of discs, beads & charms . . .

One of the things I really like about using these tin discs is that they make really light-weight earrings.

I have quite a few discs left, & am thinking about seeing how they would work in a charm bracelet, & combining different complementary patterns next.  I'm also going to start looking for lithograph tin items the next time I am treasure-hunting at a flea market or garage sale!

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

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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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