What I Wore on Saturday, March 12, 2016

by mary March 14, 2016

On Saturday, March 12, I wore this great 1950s knit dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago, & a 60s purse that I picked up there last year.

I especially love the collar & buttons on the dress.  The other thing that's fun about it is the label, "R & K Original - For the Girl Who Knows Clothes"!

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my typewriter key jewelry that I made this year.  I made this necklace using copper sheet that I ran through the rolling mill with screen, sterling silver sheet that I hammered, sterling silver wire, copper chain, & moss agate gemstone beads.  The typewriter key came from a portable typewriter I found at a garage sale; it's set in a copper bezel & the whole pendant is patinated with liver of sulfer.

I made the earrings from 2 keys from the same protable typewriter, & textured copper, & moss agate beads.

I have found that I really enjoy working with typewriter keys!

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 Thursday, March 10, 2016

by mary March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, was birthday party day at Calvin Community again.  This month, I wore this really fun green & white (after all, St. Pat's Day is only a week away!) Diane Von Furstenberg 70s wrap dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.  I'm carrying a mother-of-pearl plastic purse, also from the 70s, & also from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild site, DVF is best known for her cotton jersey wrap dress of the mid-70s; the dresses generally had long sleeves with French cuffs (like this one).   In 1997, DVF relaunched her line of wrap dresses, & each year has reissued one or two from her 70s collection.

With my DVF dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made.

I made this necklace out of half circles that I cut out of lithograph tin, as well as wooden beads I found at an antique mall in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

The lithograph tin I used in this necklace came from an old metal dollhouse, so the tin half circles are printed on both sides, making the necklace reversable -- or 2 necklaces in 1!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with links from a broken vintage necklace & jade gemstone beads.  The earring wires are non-allergenic niobium.

These aren't the earrings I'm wearing in the photo though, as Steve took that after I got home.  And, when I got to Calvin, one of the Activities staff gave me a pair of Schiaparelli earrings they had gotten through donations; she said they immediately thought of me when they saw them!  I couldn't resist putting them on right away!

The picture doesn't really do them justice, as they are much brighter & more colorful in real life!  I was thrilled, as besides being a beautiful pair of earrings, these are my first Schiaparelli jewelry!  And perfect for my St. Pat's 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 jewerlry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading, & have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 5, 2016

by mary March 7, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, I wore this fabulous 1940s gabardine jacket that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I especially love the buttons on this jacket & the peplum!  The jacket label says it was made by Bettilou Tailored Fashions.  When I looked on-line, I couldn't find anything about the label, & am wondering if it might have been hand-made.

I'm carrying a cute little 1940s alligator purse that I got through a vintage fashion Facebook group I belong to.

With my outfit, I'm wearing 3 pieces of jewelry I made this last year.

I made the necklace out of vintage lucite pieces that I set in copper that I had hammered & patinated withliver of sulpher. 

I got these little pieces in a lot of jewelry, & have really enjoyed working with them!

I also wore a western-themed charm bracelet I made last fall.

I made the bracelet using gemstone beads (picture jasper, chocolate jasper, & fire agate), a new-old-stock (NOS) cowboy hat I found at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, & a variety of Cracker Jack/gumball charms.  My favorite of the latter is the little picture of Roy Rogers!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with brass beads & Bakelite game discs I found at a antique mall in West Des Moines.

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, March 5, 2016

by mary March 7, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, I wore this fabulous 1940s gabardine jacket that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I especially love the buttons on this jacket & the peplum!  The jacket label says it was made by Bettilou Tailored Fashions.  When I looked on-line, I couldn't find anything about the label, & am wondering if it might have been hand-made.

I'm carrying a cute little 1940s alligator purse that I got through a vintage fashion Facebook group I belong to.

With my outfit, I'm wearing 3 pieces of jewelry I made this last year.

I made the necklace out of vintage lucite pieces that I set in copper that I had hammered & patinated withliver of sulpher. 

I got these little pieces in a lot of jewelry, & have really enjoyed working with them!

I also wore a western-themed charm bracelet I made last fall.

I made the bracelet using gemstone beads (picture jasper, chocolate jasper, & fire agate), a new-old-stock (NOS) cowboy hat I found at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, & a variety of Cracker Jack/gumball charms.  My favorite of the latter is the little picture of Roy Rogers!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with brass beads & Bakelite game discs I found at a antique mall in West Des Moines.

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 Tuesday, March 4, 2016

by mary March 3, 2016

March 4 is my husband's mother, Jo's birthday, & to celebrate we went out to lunch with her, her husband Marshall, & his brother Craig.  For my vintage outfit, I wore this fabulous 1940s boucle knit sweater that I found at a vintage clothing shop in Boise, Idaho last August when Jo & I went out there to visit her older sister Marie.

According to the site, Appleseed's, boucle' was popularized by the fashion designer Coco Chanel.  I especially love the texture of this sweater & the off-white appliques near the left shoulder & above the waist on the right.

With my vintage sweater, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made last fall.

I made the necklace out of pencil sea urchin spines (2 came from vintage earrings that I found at a flea market), botswana agate gemstone beads, & vintage brass book chain.

My husband, Steve, & I used to have a saltwater fish tank & had several sea urchins over the years, although none had spines as large as these!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of typewriter keys, moss agate gemstone beads & copper.

The typewriter keys come from an old portable typewriter that I found at a garage sale.  To make the earrings, I set the keys in a copper bezel & then soldered copper wire around the bezel & used it to make a wire-wrapped bale for each earring.  I used niobium earring wires to pick up the color of the copper.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Thanks for reading!

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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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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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