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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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HONK! and a cushy home for my rings

Last weekend was the HONK! Festival round here. As I wrote in last year's post, HONK! is an annual activist street band festival that spans 2 ½ days and includes a parade of the bands and various organizations.

Vintage hat from Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, Spitalfields, London. 1960s black velvet cape, thrifted, Goodwill. Barely seen scarf I've had since the 1970s. DKNY nylon bag purchased new decades ago and painted by me. Tights (?). Purple paratrooper boots, Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK.I met up with friends to watch the parade. Sorry, I neglected to identify each band/group. Predatory Loans were pretty scary and the mini-stiltwalkers did a good job of keeping up with everyone.

After the parade we had a delicious brunch at Red Lentil, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

1990s black dress, thrifted, Goodwill. Banana Republic-does-1970s dress underneath, thrifted, Goodwill. Blue stone pendant (?). Bangles, purchased in India.On the weekend, I also followed through on making a ring display box that I saw on Anna's blog, Mondo A-Go-Go. Having rings jumbled together in little boxes and tossed out each time I put them on probably wasn't very good for them.

I started with a wood and metal antique tray-like box with niello decoration that I've had since the 1970s. I think it originally fit into some sort of cabinet or slid into another box. I've always used it to hold jewelry. The fabric came from a pair of brown velvet trousers purchased at the thrift store 20 years ago and cut up for various projects since.

I tried my three pairs of cufflinks on the left side just to see if it would work for things other than rings. I don't currently have anything with French cuffs so the cufflinks will go back into deep storage. After I've tidied up a bit in my bedroom, I'll post a photo of the ring storage box in situ with rings in both compartments.

Those of you who commented that Tigro might have been anxious as he was not at his home got me thinking about the reason for his 4am wake-up calls. His dad Chris moved twice recently in the span of 6 months. Each time Chris was packing up and hauling his belongings to a new apartment, Tigro came to stay with me for a couple weeks. So that means Tigro went 'home' to a new location twice. He definitely wanted more attention on this visit and I think his recent moves probably made him a bit more anxious (when he stayed with me the first few times before the moves, he didn't wake me up so early, and when Tigro's at home, he's dead to the world until Chris wakes him up for breakfast).

Speaking of cats, check out Patti's cat t-shirt and the other non-cat-wearing participants at Visible Monday.


An officer and a gentleman and a brat

I had a little visitor for the past couple weeks.

Tigro, the brat cat, stayed with me while his dad (my friend Chris) was away. He's appeared on this blog several times as I'm his favorite baby-sitter.

Why “brat cat”? As much as he can be a sweetheart during the day and evening, it's at 4am that he turns into a complete brat. He has visited before and would wake me up at 6am, but this visit it was 4am. Every night, at 4am, he'd sit 3 inches from my head and hit me in the face every few minutes. I never figured out what he wanted. Getting up and feeding him made no difference. He'd have a nibble of his food, then once I was back in bed, he'd resume hitting me in the face.

I only picked up The Catalogue of Catalogues because it was 50 cents. By Maria Elena de la Inglesia, it was published in 1972 as a compendium of mail-order catalogues from around the world, from England to Ethiopia and Malta to Malaysia. It was probably out-of-date within 6 months of the publication date. I picked it up as I thought it might be useful in identifying vintage items. Once I had a thorough look-through, I found that the only entries of interest are the ones below.

Cleo Munster Cloak in navy blue, maroon, green, purple or black wool. $86.18.

Cleo, 3 Molesworth Street, Dublin, Ireland Color leaflet. 25 cents. Prices in $.
Cleo sells flamboyant clothes based on traditional Irish styles to boutiques in America and also by mail. Aran knitting appears in all sorts of colors and shapes—as ponchos, full-length hostess skirts, knickerbockers, trouser suits and even as bedspreads. Bright crochet patterns and handwoven fabrics are used for skirts, vests, capes, hats and bags. And for evening wear there are colorful new versions of tinker's shawls, and the full length sixteenth-century hooded Munster cloak which used to be worn in Southern Ireland. Most of the prices are under $25.


Cleo, which has been in business since 1936, still exists.

Way in Dodo cushion covers. The wooden candlesticks are made by Aarikka of Finland.

Way in Dodo, Harrod's Knightsbridge, London W1, England, Catalogue, 25 cents
Top pop for the home by Dodo Designs, which produces a witty, inexpensive line of things in '20s-'30s designs and good, strong colors. Trays, tea canisters, signs, posters, alarm clocks, plastered with Union Jacks and jokey scenes. The best are cushions with boldly designed faces of '20s film stars or gangsters, or a picture of Britannia with the suggestive message “England Expects Every Man to Do His Duty.” There are also sets of three cushions which, when put together, make a fat-thighed lady in purple-and-red corset and boots, or a mustachioed, tattooed strong man. Dishtowels and aprons in the same vein; one dishtowel shows a vamp with penciled eyebrows looking invitingly over her shoulder saying, “Honey, we're all washing up.”

I really like the sun face cushion and I know I have a little faux-basket tin by Dodo Designs somewhere. I'm guessing their 'olde time' tins are fairly common finds in charity shops in the U.K.

The entry of most interest is this one.

Country Cousins, 17” square “Officers and Gentlemen” cusion, $4.50. 13” square “Train” (or “Ship” or “Rocking Horse”) cushion in red and pink, $4.50. 6 1/2” mouse with removable red cloak and blue apron, $3. Prices include surface postage.

Country Cousins, Gorse Croft, Ranmoor Lane, Hathersage, via Sheffield S30 1BW, England
Price list and fabric samples, 45 cents

Mrs. Muriel Brown designs most of Country Cousin's toys, cushions, aprons and oven gloves, which are made up in gaily colored cottons by local people working at home. She says the cushions are by far the most popular with Americans and Canadians. First, the 17” square “Officers and Gentlemen” cushion with gold, scarlet, blue and black eighteenth-century soldiers printed on one side, and a solid color on the other, $4.50; then, patchwork cushions based on old English designs copied from museums: “Flower Garden” (top left) is a design used by Elizabeth Fry, who taught prisoners patchwork in Newgate Gaol before they were transported to Australia. The cushions, except for “Mosaic,” which has a mixture of jolly colors, are made in predominantly brown, pink or turquoise-blue tones, but any other colors can be made, and customers' own fabrics used. Patchwork quilts are made to order after a discussion of types and colors (single, $42), and old quilts can be restored. After the cushions, the most popular things are the toys: a furry white mouse with removable shawl and apron; stuffed kittens, rabbits; rag dolls; a pin-and-red weighted doorstop; and a red or green patterned hobby horse on a red stick with a wool mane, bell and bridle, $8.25.

You might recognize the "Officers and Gentlemen" cushion fabric as the same fabric used by Vix for her 'curtain couture' waistcoat.

I'll end with a few more pics of the brat-master.


Frock on Friday

I’m actually doing a blog post on a Friday and I’m wearing a frock. What are the chances? So, this is my very first Frock on Friday post!

I had curled my hair again, so I was looking to wear something floaty and romantic to go with the curls.

I bought this not-vintage dress at TRAID in Camden when I was in London in the spring. I liked the color and the art nouveau-ish type design. Even though the skirt was too poofy on me, I thought I could make it work.

Uttam London dress, £2, TRAID, London. Black cotton tunic from a clothing swap 20 years ago, free. 1970s purse from the Rock and Roll Yard Sale, $7. Silver necklace purchased in Turkey in 1999. Silver and carnelian (?) necklace from Cultural Survival bazaar. Bangles from India. Vegan sandals purchased new from MooShoes, New York.The skirt still sticks out too much, even with a lightweight cotton sleeveless tunic over it, so I may alter it someday.

Swapped the jewelry for earrings purchased at Cultural Survival Bazaar and a couple thrifted beaded necklace In other news, I am still taking care of my friend’s cat Tigro, who likes to sleep with his face pressed into the side of his bed.

I don’t know how he breathes. Is it just me, or does he look like a garden slug?

So as not to leave you with an image of a slug, I’ll post my latest thrift find -- a stunning panné velvet maxi skirt. It has the most vibrant fuchsia, purple, green and orange flowers on a black background.

late 1960s-early 1970s F.A. Chatta skirt, Goodwill, $3.75 Panné velvet is impossible to photograph –neither photo does it justice. The skirt has a 24-inch waist, and I don’t, so it will go into the pile of clothes purchased for their fabric, to be made into something. I now realize that the print and colors are similar to the chenille velvet of the purse in the photo above.

I am going on a daytrip tomorrow to a town where I hear there is a great vintage clothing store with reasonable prices. Not that I need to buy anything. I'll just look...


New tricks and cat in the sack

I decided to re-fashion the Indian block-printed top that I thrifted a few weeks ago.

Purchased at Goodwill, $4.99It appears to have been stitched in India and is covered with embroidered mirrorwork. I took it apart and added bust darts to give it some shape. Then I had to re-hem the front and back, which were now different lengths because of the darts. I removed the sleeves and cut down the armholes. The sleeves were wide but I decided to use that extra width to make slightly puffy sleeves by gathering the top before setting the sleeves in and adding three small tucks at the sleeve hem.

I have no idea why I'm looking up. I have no idea why I'm laughing.Of course, come cooler weather, I’ll layer this over a long-sleeve t-shirt or blouse to give it my favorite double sleeve look.

I’m cat-sitting for Tigro for the next 2 weeks (he stayed with me in April). He hates being in his carrier and yowled the whole way from his home to mine. He seems to have recovered from the trauma of the transport and made himself right at home.

Linking up to Ta-Dah! Tuesday for the shirt re-fashion. Tigro has no ta-dahs to offer. Lazy cat.


Revelations about a dress form

Last night I was looking at  all the fabulous creations submitted to the We Sew Reto blog and it led me to Polka Dot Overload, where I got all excited by a post about “large-busted sewing” (blogger’s own term) because 1) bust alterations are my biggest dress-making obstacle and this post has great info and links, and 2) it had an image of an ad for the “My Double” dress form.

I own one of these dress forms.

It was given to me by a neighbor and has proved handy for photographing vintage clothing for my Etsy shop. It is about a size 4. I knew the wire mesh was meant to be manipulated, but, duh, it never occurred to me that it could be stretched enough to fit me.

So, when I saw this ad last night, I started playing around trying to get the dress form to fit my shape. Turns out it does expand quite a bit. I will just need another person to help fine tune the shape to my body. I was planning to make a duct tape dress form, but it would be so much easier if I could make this one work for me. After making the form wider, it was now too wide to fit back on the stand, so I put it, with the front unsnapped and open, on the floor.

It now has another purpose – cat meditation pod.

I’ve taken in my friend's cat Tigro, while my friend  recovers from being injured in a motorcycle accident. I went out today and when I came home, I found Tigro sitting in the dress form.

Later, he was there again. Who knows, maybe he thinks it is a force field or a fortress. Cats are weird.