Thursday, 21 January 2010

Vintage treasures

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Last nite me and Stéphane went on yet an other thrifting adventure at two of our favorite spots. We found two great items for Stéphane, a pair of blue and white gingham 70s trousers and a black and white 70s polo tee that he adores. I also found him a really nice John Lennon camel wool paperboy cap.
I had no luck at the first thrift store but boy did I get some when we arrived at the second one. I found these two amazing early 60s dresses in amazing condition! The first one, is paisley and fitted. It is actually dead stock vintage. It has the originals tags and has never been worn from the looks of it the price for the tiem was 10$. I coulden't beleive my eyes and for only 7.99$ CAN. The lovely summer dress came with it's matching belt and bolero. The dress is a perfect fit and I can't wait for Spring\Summer 2010 to arrive! The other dress I can actually wear now since it is a fully linned houndsthoot wool dress. It has those little details I love. The back of the dress has buttons down the back and welt button holes and zips up half way. The hemline has this amazing pleated detail with black cross grain ribbon. There is more ribbon used at the bottom of the sleeves too. Ive been pretty lucky with the thrift finds latelly I hope it dosen't burn out to quickly! This dress was also 7.99$ CAN. So two amazing vintage dresses for only 16$ is pretty hard to beat!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Back on track... sorta...


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Earlier this week I got myself a much needed industrial sewing machine. It's been fun playing with it and experimenting with different fabrics.I really love having one of my own now. This will really help me for the next year and a half of fashion design school I have left to do. The lovely folks over at Bruck on St-Laurent were very helpful and very professional during the whole process of delivering it to me and the multitude of questions I had.
I am experiencing a little set back with this amazing printed polyester fabric I thrifted not to long ago. I want to make this softened shirt dress number from a 60s Butterick pattern.
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I went on St-Hubert and baught some new needles and a throat plate. The ladie at the counter seemed to know what problems I was experiencing and said ; I know this! You sew with this needle! So alright, I baught the gear and headed back home to find that the needles and the throat plate was not making any difference. Darnit!
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I asked my friend Victoria what she would do and she said to sew with paper underneath. It kind of worked but the stiches skip. I hurd from an other source that I should get some different feed dogs for this type of light weigh fabric. Do anybody else have some info to help me out with this difficult fabric?
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All and all I love my new machine, I decided to called her Yuki the Juki sewing machine.
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Stéphane had fun taking these shots of me trying to figure out this fun sewing project!
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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Can't wait for spring!

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Yes already. I am already tired to this intense cold depressing weather. I get like this every year. I just want to stay home not leave the house and watch movies. School starts again in 2 weeks. Yay! ugh , yeah...

Anyways, I went thrifting last nite and found this amazing odd shaped orange straw hat from the 60s. I have been immersed in this obession with Cynthia Lennon ever since I started reading her book John. I wanna do a blog post of Cynthia inspired oufits over the weekend. I think you will all get a kick out of it just as much as I will have fun playing with my clothing.

I found the hat last nite at one of my favorite spots on Jean-Talon street at the Village des Valeurs. It cost a big 3.99$ A steal!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Saturday's events and ranting...

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Montreal is in deep freeze mode today. That did not scare me, I put on a million layers and my fur ear muffs and hit the road. The goal, was to find a good industrial sewing machine place. My friend Victoria suggested to me this place called Bruck. They were awsome, I found me a nice machine with free delivery! I looked around at other places but nothing compared to the service offered over at Bruck. Thank you Victoria! :)

Aside's from industrial sewing machine shopping, we stopped by this little shop on St-Laurent called Kitsch'n Swell for vintage eyewear. Stéphane lucked out and found the perfect pair, as for me I tried on myriads of frames but did not fall on that special pair. I did find this amazing big eyes frame from the 60s for a steal! If you live in Montreal or stop by you have to check out this great little vintage shop.

We stopped by the record stores of course, I got me a copy of John by Cynthia Lennon an interesting book about her 10 years with the Beatle. I can't wait to start reading it.

So this was my outfit under all the layers minus the black shoes.

-Vintage black and gold stripey sweater, thrifted
-Vintage Avon fake gold cross pendant, thrifted
-Vintage Peacock Blue leather skirt, thrifted
-Aqua tights, H&M
-Black laceup shoes by Jones New York, thrifted

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Stuck indoors

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I wish I was laying on a beach somewere. It still has not stopped snowing!

In the meantime I have been having fun with my wardrobe, playing with all the new clothing I thrifted since I have been on vacation. The Car was snowed in today so I had fun with my wardrobe and picture taking. I had a top secret photoshoot over at my place today. My mom, amazing friend Sarah and Stéphane were there for moral support. It was so much fun! I can't say more! hehehe....

This is funny to say but I am pretty excited to get back to school! Hemming pants aint cutting my creative juices! I closed the YeYe Vintage Boutique for a little while I need to figure out shipping prices since the Canadian postal service is really bad for selling online. They lost packages, they really don't make it easy. They charge 20$ to send a 1kg item to the US with a tracking number. I decided I don't want to send anything without one for the time being. As for international sales I will have to put a hold on that since sending with a confirmation number can cost up to 100$. It really does not make any sense! I wish they would do something about it.

Stéphane took these silly shots of me last nite in my work room...

Enjoy!

Outfit details:

-Little black hat, H&M + vintage fruit hat pin
-Vintage Printed Silk Blouse, thrifted
-Vintage Taupe crochet mini dress, thrifted
-Serge and Jane Pendant, From Petrova on etsy
-Tights, H&M
-Vintage T strap heels, thrifted
-Shades, thrifted

Saturday, 2 January 2010

A Girl and A Boy

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I wanted to include a picture of Stéphane's style today since I have had requests to show men's fashion's. It's an other snowy day here in Montreal. It has not stopped since yesterday.

The cardy that Stéphane is wearing is a new thrift find. It's made of 60s Italian Merino Wool and is in such great condition for it's age. I rarelly see anything interesting for men nowadays in the thrift stores. Stéphane was very lucky to find this gem for a cheap 6.99$. As for the rest of his oufit: Hat from Henri Henri Montreal made of Wool, Purple dress shirt with french cuffs is vintage, Brown and white tie, vintage, Pinpals tie tack, Red leather belt vintage from Kensington Market Toronto, Grey Slacks from Zara Men and Tan Suede Clarks from a random shoe store that sells Hip Hop gear on Jarry.

As for my outfit, I am wearing a mini beret hat by Eugenia Kim baught at UO on sale for 50% of 9.99$, Vintage yellow knit sweater with sweet shoulder pads, Copper necklase given to me by my stylish mom, Stretch printed skirt also thrifted, Purple tights also from UO,Vintage white Leather Brogues thrifted and leather belt thrifted.

Friday, 1 January 2010

2010 Brings me more snow!

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What a suprise! I am really not a huge Winter fan, I never have been actually. Id rather stay indoors and watch movies all day long. I can't say I did anything very productive today, I started off the day wanting to make this Mary Quant jumper design but backed out since I have no fabric to use as linning for the bodice and not enough fabric to make it since it's all cut in the bias.

I did manage to get some fresh air and took a walk with Stéphane. We investigated the huge church near our place. I love checking old Montreal churches. They are so spooky and so beautiful inside. Alas this one was not open for the public so we had to investigate our selves. We walked around and took these shots. We mostly have pictures of my huge fur hat. It was perfect for the snow fall weather we are having. I baught it last year on etsy. Upon arrival I was kinda of not sure about the hugeness of it. I was not sure I would wear it. I tried a few times. Then gave it to my grand-ma. She never really wore it either. I got it back somehow in the end. I fell in love it all over again in the last few days. It funny how things like that happen sometimes :)

I didin't do much for New Years eve. I am not a drinker or party girl so sitting at home in front of movie was my thing. We watched 1981. A Québécois film, not bad, I found the story cute and funny.

As for my look back on 2009, it was a great year. I learned so much and my life changed in so many good ways. I have a feeling 2010 will be an other great one!

Happy New Years!
Bonne Année!