I love this chic, silk-chiffon shirt I found in a vintage shop for a buck.
It's super cute, but there's something just too big and flouncy, and a little matronly about it whenever I try to pair it with a sleek, fitted bottom.
So I think I'll hack off the arms and take in the side seams just a little, to give it that babydoll, 60's edge and then couple it with a wintery mini. I want to keep the slits, so I can only take in a couple of inches. But a few inches all around can make all the difference! Voila!
This hounds-tooth mini is a vintage find I scored last winter. It was a super long, librarian skirt that I hacked up and took in to make a "mod" mini skirt. It's a classic pattern and shape. It was just waiting for the right top.
My favorite cargo jacket is so soft on the inside, it's like wearing a PJ top. So it was perfect to wear to an early matinee, Thanksgiving movie.
Happy Turkey day all! Whatever you choose to do with the holiday, do it with those you love!
Shirt: Vintage, reconstruct
Skirt: Vintage, reconstruct
Boots: Michael Kors, many seasons ago
Tights: Charlotte Russe
Jacket: Charlotte Russe, last winter season
We've been hearing from our loyal readers that you'd like to have an opportunity to purchase some Secondhand Star, one of a kind items and killer, vintage pieces. Well we listened. So here's your chance! Starting all this and next week, we'll be bringing you daily blog opportunities to buy great items at even greater prices for the holidays!
Stay tuned each day for more chances to purchase your favorite SHS piece, available through Ebay and Etsy.
Today's catch of the day?
Hand feathered skirt with beading and paillettes!
Click here to purchase this re-worked piece for the holiday season.
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This fall I came across a pantsuit I can only dub, "extra's wardrobe". To put it another way, this pique cotton, twin set looked like something the 60's era ladies on the block would've worn in a Tim Burton movie. Can't you picture this number with a bouffant and a cigarette in hand?
However, I'm a sucker for good fabric. There's something really cute about the matching set and the colors. It's so creamy and fall ready. It just needs major renovation. I held onto this baby until Tanya and I had a chance to meet. As you can see, it's a little big. But big means there's lots of room to work and play with the fabric!
The color is really perfect for her porcelain skin and rich hair color. Plus, the pants, (while short on me, were just about perfect on her frame as far as the inseam).
My original idea was to make the pants into high waist-ed shorts, and create a streamlined, lengthy vest in keeping with fall trends. (A look we've both come to adore this season). But then "T" put it on, and she had an ever better idea that was much more wintery and cozy! So we started working on shortening up the vest significantly.
There was a lot of nipping and tucking. We pinned it more than halfway up the length.
And we grabbed the back of the pants through the crotch and pulled in about 6 inches! But the main idea was to keep the pants long, lean, and high around the waist. Then the big change would be to create a cropped jacket and make this a winter, wonderland suit! Less Edward Scissorhands, more Madmen...
So I got to work. After taking in the pants, I hacked the entire bottom half of the vest off.
I serged the seams and took in the back just a tad.
Then I hand placed a row of pearl buttoned snaps to keep the "vintage flavor". This is something you don't need a grommet machine to do at home. You can purchase the snaps in various sizes and color, and you only need to employ plyers and a hammer to get them inserted.
The final touch was to hem around the bottom and pop in our new, SHS labels!
Tune in tomorrow to see the results and how "T" styled it!
This is Shiri G. She's a wonderful colorist, master hair cutter, and all around sweetie, but she also has some bad-ass taste in retro clothing, which is why we wanted to devote a blog to her unique style!
Tanya and I met Shiri several months ago and became fast friends. In fact, I ended up tailoring a pantsuit for my first meeting with her, which she rocked out at a summer wedding, looking oh-so-chic and stylish!
But a pantsuit was the least of it. Shiri showed me this amazing jacket she had picked up at a costume repository in the valley. Remember when we did the redesigned military for Tanya here? Well, we're obviously big fans of the look, so it took me about 2.2 seconds to get my creative juices flowing.
I wish I'd gotten a "before" shot, but you'll have to take my word for it when I say she's the baddest gal at 5'0" you'll ever see, but this jacket was made for someone at least a foot taller and possibly that much wider! In a nutshell, it was HUGE!
Though cut like a cavalry officer coat, it just screamed "Shiri'! So to make it fit properly I took in the sleeves, cuffs, waist, back, and ever the shoulder a bit, to create something a little more Michael Jackson and a little less Napoleon at Waterloo.
And the result? A fabulous, cropped, number that ever the most petite rock & roller can wear!
And can we please give her an additional, Secondhand Star shout-out? Not only for being an amazing thrifter herself, but for also generously providing me and Ms. T with the most radiantly beautiful hair color and cut we've both had in years! We love you Shiri G! So hurry over to November Grey today to find out how you can get a major hook-up with Shiri if you're in the LA area, and also to enter to win some haircare product from WEN at Chaz Dean Studio! If you find your way into her capable hands, you won't be sorry!
Jacket: Warner brothers costume house thrift score
This summer I had the pleasure of doing makeup for film and television actress Molly Quinn, star of the hit show, Castle. Molly is a big fan of vintage, mod, and mini-dresses, and I was delighted to see when she donned this little cocktail affair for a wedding, that it closely resembled one of our own Secondhand Star creations!
Being a fan of brocade and older fabrics, Molly had this adorable little number made for her, and actually purchased the material herself. (Don't all you DIY'ers just love her)?!
She managed to impress us not once, but twice in two days, donning a fabulous, toile printed cotton vest for a press event, which once again was home-made. This gal knows her way around a sewing machine! But we love her in the soft, brocaded satin she chose for this mod-inspired mini.
We think Molly's on to something. Here's our past take on a similar cut, fabric and color.
We thought the comparison was so apt, we wanted to show you how to achieve this look right here on SHS, here, and here! Check out our previous tutorial as we prepare to bring you more clothing makeovers in the weeks to come.