Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Martini & Rossi, On the Rocks

While I was shopping in Carrboro, I decided to stop in at Roulette Vintage.

Mainly, I was looking for shoes and bracelets but I hit the clothing racks and came across this peach of a peach 1970s dress!

It conjures up images of poolside patios and terrace gardens...of cocktails on an apartment balcony....of Champagne Cocktails and Martini & Rossi, on the rocks.

It's the style of dress that I used to wear but a lot more glitzy. There's silver piping and the fabric is shot with silver threads - more flash than I ever was!

Today, this dress needs to be worn with a touch of whimsy. The shopkeeper suggested beige flip-flops and I think she's on the right track.

I'm not sure where I'll wear it - other than at home.

Crook's, maybe?

Just What I Need....More Linens!

Last Saturday, I did a little shopping in Carrboro and managed to make it to Thimble Pleasures. I figured that a quilt shop was my best shot at locating a fabric that would harmonize with this rather lovely/odd vintage tablecloth that I picked up in Manteo, last month.

I had originally thought to reuse the cloth to make a skirt but it's in such good condition and the colors are so vivid that it seemed a shame not to use it for its original purpose. doesn't go with anything that I own!

I figured that the tablecloth would make much more sense with a set of coordinating napkins. The shades of coral and red are quite unusual but I did manage to find a transition print in the same range!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Simple Summer Purse Project

While we were in Manteo, last month, TonyP and I spent rather too much time wandering the aisles of antiques and collectibles shops.

One of the items that I came away with was the small "hamper" below which probably once held a child's tea set. I thought it would make a dandy purse:

In order to prevent the purse contents from escaping through the holes in the basket's weave, I decided to pop in a lining. I decided to use the remaining bits of that Chevy motif cotton that I had left over from a couple of other projects:

The lining is really cardboard and manila tag, covered with fabric and touch of batting. The lining was hot-glued into place, rather than stitched in because I remembered that I do actually own a glue gun and I knew where to find it! I even had some glue sticks, which was sort of a pleasant surprise as I'm reasonably certain that I have not used that glue gun in a decade.

This is my second purse refashion project in a month. The first consisted of replacing the cheesy and cracked plastic lining of one of my fave shoulder bags. In this case, the lining was hand-stiched in place. I used a light tan canvas, which makes it a lot easier to see the contents.

(It's a little hard to make out the motifs in the tapestry fabric but they're Egyptische - which is, of course, why the bag has always been one of my faves!)