What I Wore on Wednesday -- January 9

by mary January 9, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a really fun pair of 1960's Bobbi Brooks black cigarette pants with blue & green circle print, and a black bolero with little pom-poms -- both from the shop.  (By the way, this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday" is actually what I wore on Friday, as the shop was closed on Wednesday because of the dangerous cold weather we had here in Des Moines that day.)

Cigarette pants are slim-fitted pants that have a straight opening at the foot rather than a taper or flare.  They initially gained popularity in the 1950's.  In the 1960's, fashion model Twiggy was known for her cigarette pants. 

According to the Fashion Guild, Bobbi Brooks was founded in 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1959, it became the first women's garment-making company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  During the 1960's, Bobbi Brooks was one of the 5 largest garment companies in the US. 

With my Bobbi Brooks pants & bolero, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry. 

I made the necklace below with pieces from a 1970's bracelet & a broken Vendome chain & green beads.

And I made the charm bracelet from "Lansing" style green & white flower buttons, & a sewing machine charm that likely came from a vending machine back in the 1960s.

I especially like the fact that the spinning wheel on the sewing machine actually moves.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on . . . ".  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 -- December 31, 2014, New Year's Eve

by mary December 31, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit, in recognition that today is New Year's Eve, is a super fun 1960's gold lame' dress that I picked up at the shop earlier this season.

Lame' is a shiny fabric woven with metallic threads.  In the past, it was frequently used in costumes for science fiction movies & TV shows. 

I couldn't believe how long this dress had been in the shop without anyone buying it!  I think maybe the reason was that it was missing one of the lame' covered buttons on the skirt.  I just moved one the top button to the missing place on the skirt, & replaced the top button with a lucite & gold button from my "stash" of vintage buttons.  Now it looks like it could have been made that way!

With this dress, I decided to wear the Bakelite & gold ladybug necklace that Steve gave me for Christmas.  He picked it up at a local antique mall called "The Picker Knows".

And, I wore two pieces of jewelry that I made earlier this year -- first a pair of earrings made with vintage gold ball-chain dangles & jade gemstone beads.

And a bracelet made with vintage gold watches & fresh water pearls, & a heart charm -- a nod to "Father Time".  I got the watches from flea markets & garage sales.  None of them work, but that wasn't the point anyway!

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 & have a Happy New Year!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - December 17, 2014

by mary December 17, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a 1960's red velvet wiggle dress & jacket -- perfect for the holidays!

Here's the dress without the jacket . . .

For those unfamiliar with wiggle dresses, a wiggle dress is a fitted dress that is narrower at the hem than at the hips.  The idea is that the dress keeps your knees close together, causing you to "wiggle" as you walk.  The style was pupular during the late 50s & early 60s.  Marilyn Monroe was problably the original & most iconic wearer of the wiggle dress.  Sophia Loren was also famous for wearing wiggle dresses.  Recently, they've become popular again because of the TV show, Mad Men.

Given the season, I decided to wear a Christmas charm bracelet & earrings.  I made the charm bracelet with Eppy gumball & other charms, and bells.

I made the earrings with the same bells, plus snowflakes & beads that look like Christmas balls.

I like the way both the charm bracelet & earrings have a holiday jingle when you move!

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 - December 10, 2014

by mary December 10, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a 1950's black chenille sweater & skirt set by the French Knitwear Co., trimmed with sequins, rhinestones, glass beads, pearls, & gold thread!  This is one of my favorite sweater/skirt sets!

Chenille, the French word for catepillar, is a type of yarn or fabric named after the unique process by which it is made, which involves twisting 3 pieces of yarn together.  It is said to have originated in France in the 18th century. 

I decided to wear two pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry with this outfit -- both made from vintage buttons.  The first piece is a charm bracelet made with an assortment of old buttons -- including brass, pearl, rhinestone, glass & plastic.

The second is a pair of earrings, also made from old buttons plus crystal beads & silver rings.

I got most of the buttons for the bracelet & earrings at Found Things, a fun shop in East Village here in Des Moines.

I thought it was especially cool how the buttons complemented the trim on the sweater!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage, check out the shop's website at http://do

rotheasclosetvintage.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 - December 3, 2014

by mary December 3, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a 1970s red, navy blue, brown & tan striped velour mini-dress/tunic by Jantzen.

Jantzen began in 1916 in Portland, Oregon as a swimwear company.  The brand logo featured the image of a young woman in a red bathing suit & swimcap in the diving position.

In the 1940s, Jantzen began offering sweaters & "activewear" in addition to swimwear; in the 1970s, they added cover-ups & other beachwear for vacations & weekends.

With the mini/tunic, I decided to wear three pieces of my jewelry -- first a necklace featuring a silvertone filigree pendant with a red rhinestone bead, as well as french-rope & rosary chain.

I also wore a fun charm bracelet & earrings made with vintage Bingo pieces that I picked up at the What Cheer Flea Market this summer & red beads to complement the red lettering on the Bingo tiles.  The bracelet also includes a red Cracker Jack/gumball good luck charm.

The game of Bingo can be traced back to an Italian lottery game played in 1530.  It was originally called "beano" when it came to the United States.  In 1929/1930, the Lowe company standardized the game & began producing it commercially as Bingo, although a number of other companies also produced the game.  I thought the Bingo pieces made really fun 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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What I Wore on Wednesday - November 26, 2014

by mary November 26, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a super fun black & leopard/cheetah (faux) Neiman Marcus jacket!  (I actually have several leopard/cheetah jackets -- can't seem to resist them!)

Neiman Marcus was founded in 1907 as an luxury specialty department store.  In 1927, Neiman Marcus premiered the first weekly retail fashion show in the US.  According to William Schack, in 1936 Edna Woolman Chase (editor of Vogue, told the local press, "I dreamed all my life of the perfect store for women.  Then I saw Neiman Marcus, & my dream came true."  Neiman Marcus is also known for it's Christmas Catalog, which it began issuing in 1939, and which features unusual & extravagant gifts not sold in stores.

With the jacket, I wore 2 pieces of my jewelry -- the first is a necklace I made this summer that features a silver dragonfly & mookite (I think) gemstone pendant, as well as mookite, brown jasper & carnelian gemstones, & vintage silver chain & beads.

The second is a "Horsing Around" bracelet I made with Cracker Jack/gumball charms & picture jasper gemstones.

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 Wednesday -- November 19, 2014

by mary November 19, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a super fun "so-70s" jumpsuit from -- of course -- the 1970s! 

I love everything about this jumpsuit -- especially the colors & the gathered cuffs! 

This jumpsuit came to Dorothea's Closet (& me) via a friend, Karen Pagel Theys, whose mother wore it "back in the day"!  When Karen first showed it to me at Red's Pub & Grill (Algoma, Wisconsin), I had to try it on & I knew immediately that it had my name on it!  She has several pieces of her mother's that she wanted me to take to Angela for the shop, but I knew right away, this one was mine!

Florentine Thayat actually created the first jumpsuit back in 1919 -- they were originally worn in aviation, parachuting & race-car driving.  Later, in 1930, Elsa Schiaperelli designed silk jumpsuits.  They became trendy again in the 1950's as part of the pin-up look, & again in the late 60s/70s as part of the psychodelic hippie movement.  They were also seen on the stage in the 60's & 70's -- worn by performers including Elvis Presley, David Bowie & Mick Jagger.  For some reason, this jumpsuit always makes me think of Cher.

With this outfit, I wore a couple of pieces of jewelry that I've made, beginning with this necklace made with amethyst & tiger eye gemstones & watch fob chain.  I especially like the texure of the watch fob chain, & the way the gemstones complement the gold class bead in the watch fob.  The other thing that's fun about this necklace is that the gold class bead slides on the chain, so you can adjust the length of the necklace to fit the outfit you're wearing!

I also wore this pair of earrings -- also made with amethyst & tiger eye gemstones.

I like the way the amethyst & tiger eye gemstones pick up the colors in the jumpsuit!

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 & supporting small businesses.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - November 12, 2014

by mary November 12, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a red & white pleated maxi from the 1970's that I got at the shop a year or so ago.

Maxis were initially embraced by the hippies in the 1960s as an alternative to the popular mini-skirts & ever-decreasing hemlines.  In 1967, the "Summer of Love" marked a cultural shift to the counter-culture & the hippie look became more mainstream.  Oscar De La Renta is credited with popularizing the mini, while Doctor Zhivago also brought attention to the style.  By the late 1970s & 1980's, the maxi was replaced by shoulder pads & "power dressing".  More recently, maxis have again gained popularity.

With today's outfit, I wore several pieces of jewelry that I've made in silver & pearls, starting with this necklace made of scalloped ball & rope chain & pearls.

I also wore one of my "A Woman Can't Have Too Many Shoes" charm bracelets, made with Cracker Jack/gumball shoe charms, silver hearts, crystal beads & pearls.

And finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made yesterday of pearls & silvertone rings.

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 paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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

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What I Wore on Wednesday - November 5, 2014

by mary November 5, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a Carlye "New Look" dress from the late 1940s.

According to the Fashion Guild, Carlye Dress Corporation was formed in 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri; & was one of the great junior dress houses located in the city.  Sometime before 1967, Carlye was bought by Leslie Fay & merged into their existing lines.

The "New Look" was coined when Christian Dior launched his fashion collection for Spring-Summer on February 12, 1947 after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar exlaimed, "It's such a New Look!"  The New Look was characterized by the small, nipped-in waist & full skirt.  The New Look was welcomed as a refreshing antidote to the austerity of wartime & de-feminizing uniforms.

With this lovely dress, I chose to wear several of my newest pieces of jewelry, including this "Key to the Future" necklace made with pages from a poem by James Russell Lowell & silver filigree, as well as black crystal rosary . . .

As well as this fun "A Woman Can't Have Too Many Shoes" charm bracelet . . .

And these black & pink crystal bead & rosary earrings . . .

I'll be taking all 3 of these pieces, as well as several other new pieces, to Art on the Prairie this weekend!

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, stop by my booth at Art on the Prairie this weekend, or go to my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- October 29, 2014

by mary October 29, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet outfit is a really fun costume from the 1920's that I got recently -- perfect for the day before Halloween's eve!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I was thrilled when I found a costume from the 1920's that I could actually still wear!

The texture & color of the material in this dress is very similar to a clown costume from the 1920's that I got years ago from Diane at the antique mall in Valley Junction.  Unfortunately, it's too fragile to wear anymore, so I display it on one of my mannequins.

I tried to find out more about what people wore as Halloween costumes back in the 1920s.  However, when I checked online, mostly what I found were images & sites for costumes designed to look like the 1920's (e.g., flapper dresses), rather than from the 1920s.  I did, however, find a couple of images of 1920's costumes that were somewhat similar to mine, like this one.

I also remembered I had a Halloween postcard that was produced sometime between 1928 & 1932 that had an image of a man & woman in costume.

While I would have liked to find out more information in general about costumes from back in the 1920's, from what I did find, it seems that costumes were simpler than what you see now.

With my 1920's costume, I wore a couple of Halloween charm bracelets that I've made, as well as skull earrings & a skull ring.  On this first charm bracelet, I did a black wash over the Cracker Jack/gumball skulls to give them a more sinister look, & used orange colored chain & black beads for a bracelet in traditional Halloween colors!

The purple & blue charms on this next charm bracelets are pencil toppers from the 1960s, based on some of the Universal Studios monsters (including Frankenstein, Wolfman & King Kong).  The gorilla is a Cracker Jack/gumball charm reminiscent of King Kong.

I also wore a pair of Cracker Jack/gumball skull charm earrings that I'd made recently.

Finally, I wore a sterling silver skull ring that I made using the lost wax casting method, plus liver of sulphur to bring out the details.

Someday, I hope to find more information about the costumes that people wore back in the 1920's, but for now, I'm enjoying wearing the one I have & complementing it with my Halloween-themed 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, you can go to my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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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