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.

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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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What I Wore on Wednesday - March 25, 2015

by mary March 25, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage Outfit was a fabulous gray & black velvet 1940s Lilli Ann jacket!

According to the Fashion Guild, Adolph Schuman started Lilli Ann in 1933 & named the company after his wife.  Lilli Ann was noted for beautifully designed jackets, such as this one.  Lilli Ann suits & jackets are very desirable among vintage clothing collectors.  I suspect this jacket may have originally been part of a suit with a matching skirt.

With my jacket, I wore a necklace I made recently, using a vintage rhinestone studded fur clip as the pendant.

I also used vintage crystal beads, rhinestone rondelles & vintage chain for this necklace.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from old tintype photos.

I love these old tintypes!  (Tintypes were especially popular in the 1860s & 1870s, & were common through the early 20th century.)  For these earrings, I added crystal beads, as well as heart & key charms to dangle from the tintypes. 

I thought both the necklace & earrings were a nice complement for my Lilli Ann 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.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - March 18, 2015

by mary March 18, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is this very fun 1940s wool felt Mexican tourist jacket that I got at the shop several years ago.

Mexican tourist jackets were especially popular during the 1940s & 1950s.  The most common color was red & the most & the most common design was a dancing couple.  The second most popular design were scenes of Mexican village life, such as the design on the jacket I am wearing.  The thing I love most about this jacket (& Mexican tourist jackets in general) is the bright colors.  For more pictures & information about Mexican tourist jackets, check out the Atomic Redhead's 4/16/13 blog.

Here's a picture of the back of the jacket.

I also wore 2 pieces of jewelry that I'd made.  The first is a Mexican themed charm bracelet that I made awhile ago. 

The charms include Cracker Jack/gumball & other charms that I thought had a southwestern feel, as well as gemstones found in Mexico (turquoise & fire agate).

I also wore a pair of red & gold earrings that I made from broken chain I found at a flea market, brass-bound red glass beads & a brass-bound red glass piece from a pair of broken vintage cufflinks.

That's it for today's vintage outfit!  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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What I Wore on Wednesday -- March 11, 2015

by mary March 12, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this fun 1950's corduroy skirt & knit sweater (possibly orlon?) with satin & rhinestone trim!  With temperatures reaching the upper 60's, what a joy it was to be able to wear short sleeves for the first time this year!

Neither the skirt nor the sweater have labels, which is not uncommon in vintage clothing.  Often, clothing made before mid-20th-century did not have labels.  As for "newer" vintage clothing, Angela, the owner of Dorothea's Closet Vintage told me once that women often removed the labels, thinking they were "trashy" or uncomfortable.

According to one website I looked at, corduroy dates back to 200 AD in Egypt.  The site also said that the name "codruroy" dates back to the 18th century in England, based on the French translation of 'cloth of the King'.  Corduroy has been worn pretty much throughout history; however, since the 1950s, it's gone in & out of fashion.  One of the things I really like about corduroy is how soft it feels -- this is especially true of this skirt.

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry made from vintage broken jewelry I've picked up at garage sales, flea markets & via eBay.  The first piece is a necklace I made just recently.

The pendant is a magnifying class.  I like mixing gold & silver, so used silver rings & gold chain to complete the necklace.

I also wore a pair of brass & goldtone earrings made with beads from a variety of broken jewelry.

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.

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March Fairgrounds Flea Market

by mary March 8, 2015

This weekend was the monthly flea market at the Iowa State Fairgrounds again.  It was a beautiful day for getting out -- spring is finally starting to tease us here in Des Moines!

Although I did't find a lot of treasures, I did find a few fun vintage things, like these little black & white little photographs of Chicago & color slides of world landmarks.  (pardon the blue cast to all the photos -- I must have had my white balance off)

I'm not sure what I will do with them, but I thought they were so cool & surely there will be some way to incorporate them into jewelry!

I also picked up some old snaps.

Here's a picture of some earrings I made with snaps last year that sold the first time I had them out at a show!

Steve found these cool stir sticks.

Again, I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but they were too fun to pass by!

And, finally, as far as jewelry treasures, I found this piece of chain -- I really like the links & hope to use them in a chain mail project.

Probably the best find, though, won't end up incorporated into a piece of jewelry, but will be displayed with my vintage hats & other vintage hat boxes -- a Christian Dior hat box!  Now I just need to find a Christian Dior hat!  As you can see, Belle likes the hat box too!

For those not familiar with Christian Dior, he was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century.  He's probably most famous for coming out with the "New Look" in 1947, which featured long, full skirts & nipped-in waists.

Here's another picture of Belle checking out my new hat box!

Well, that's it for this month's Fairground's Flea Market!  The April market will actually be at the end of March instead of the first weekend of April, since Easter is the 1st Sunday in April.

And, don't forget to check out my website (http://paulinesjewelrybox.com) to see some of the jewelry I've added lately!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - March 4, 2015

by mary March 4, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a deep blue 1940s Eisenberg Originals jacket with padded shoulders, superwide lapels, faux fur collar/lapels & cuffs, & rhinestone pins.  This is one of my very favorite 1940's pieces!

Eisenberg began in 1924 as a clothing wholesaler & often included rhinestone jewelry on their clothing  In the 1930s, Eisenberg started its jewelry line, for which it is primarily known.  Eisenberg stopped making clothing in 1958, but continues to make jewelry even today.

With my Eisenberg jacket, I wore a French charm necklace that I made with a small Cialenga perfume bottle I picked up in a consignment shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; as well as Ile de France link from a vintage souvenir bracelet, Eiffel tower charm, Saint Gerard medal, fleur de lis, & French coins.  The beads are lapis lazuli to complement the blue on the Ile de France link.  For the chain, I used both silver & goldtone cable chain to complement the gold & silver charms.  While mixing gold & silver used to be considered a "faux pas" in terms of fashion rules, it's been described as one of the hottest trends the last few years!

I also wore a pair of blue crystal bead earrings that I made with blue glass crystal beads from a broken vintage necklace I found at a garage sale. 

And that's it for this Wednesday. 

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

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Mystery Metal Tags

by mary March 1, 2015

I recently made this necklace out of a little metal tag I got at one of my mother-in-law's garage sales.

I got probably a dozen of them with different numbers on them, all together on a safety pin. 

I thought at first they might be tags like you used to get at a bakery or meat counter to mark your place in the line, & when they called your number it was your turn to order.  But that doesn't seem quite right.

My husband thought maybe they were locker tags like we used to get when we were little & went swimming at a public indoor pool & you got a locker to put your clothes in.  But I seem to remember you got a numbered key, so you could lock & unlock your locker; & I'm not sure how you would lock anything with this.

In making the necklace, I decided to use little shell beads from an old broken bracelet, in keeping with the idea of swimming, & because I liked the way they complemented the off-white enamel on the tag.  I also used black lava beads to complement the black numbers.

So, it remains a mystery to me, & I'm wondering if anyone recognizes them or has any other theories on what they were for originally?

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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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