Monday, June 20, 2011

Closet Confections: Stitches for Britches

These fun little 80's striped shorts were a great score at the GoodWill for only $1.99, but for years they've lingered in my closet because the length was just a bit "eh" and they're quite voluminous, more baggy bermuda than I'm into. So before heading out for a day of running errands, I brought out little Betty...

Meet Betty, my gorgeous, all steel 1950's sewing machine named after the most classic of all vintage cars, "The Belair". Stitching in style, she runs like a dream, and had never been used until I laid my mits on her! She was my birthday present from my fella last year, an amazing bargain at only $40! I actually cried when he gave it to me, I had always dreamed of finding the perfect vintage sewing machine...
So, out came the scissors, and a few inches off later...

 Not quite satisfied yet, I'm thinking of using the extra fabric to add a cuff, some bows, or perhaps take them in a bit more so they'll fit like a true hot pant. Have you had any fun revamps on thrift store finds? Please share below, be sure to link photos, I always love seeing how my fellow vintage lovers put their own twist on ill fitting, wonky finds.

Idol: Barbie, 1959 
Mantra: "Never love anybody who treats you like you're ordinary" -Oscar Wilde


"If You Were Mineby Otis Rush

The Wardrobe:

What a Doll Cardi: Gift from my besty Tracy
Burton-esque Bermudas: Thrifted at GoodWill
Sparkles n' Studs Belt: Forever21
Tickled Pink Purse: Vintage
Soda Pop Scarf: vintage (doubled twice and tied into hair)
Basic Black Bracelets: Tarina Tarantino 
Flatter-me Dhaaaling shoes: Target


Sara B. C. said...

Ohhhh, what an awesome job you made! The shorts now look gorgeous! I love how they look now, there's no need to change anything. You look so vintage and retro, you're stunning <3


ChubbleBubble said...

OMG this is my favorite! Stripies, Barbie, and Frankie? That's my idea of perfection! Miss your face, lova!

esme and the lane way said...

Wow, fantastic transformation! I love your outfit. And your sewing machine is a dream!

Dial V for Vintage said...

So cute, you did a great job! :) I still have piles of thrifted clothes that need revamping... I'll have to start sewing soon!

Anything but Bland said...

hi, doll! would you like to do a guest post for my blog? I just LOVE your style!!! I'd love to interview you!!

love, polly :)

Yasmin Hassegawa said...

I found your blog when I was looking for photos of poeple wearing wellies! And I loved your blog! ;)
You have such a cool and vintage-y style, congratulations on your transformation!

Please take a look at my blog,
and... I´ll follow you :3

Janaya McKeon said...

i am DROOLING over that cardigan! do you know where your friend got it?? salivating over here. seriously. ;)

you're lovely by the way. definitely a new follower!

Anonymous said...

Where I can find your Barbie's shirt?

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