Archive for the ‘Purses’ Category

Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City is having a vintage clothing and costume sale this coming Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 3pm.

From the Facebook invite, “We are cleaning out a huge collection of vintage & contemporary clothing and accessories! Hundreds of items from 25 cents to $10! Present day back to 20’s. Notions, accessories, hats, shoes, coats, dresses, tops, military, skirts, petticoats, suits and MORE!!! Cash or check only.”

Hillbarn is located at 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd. in Foster City, California.


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If you haven’t checked out www.CorsetsandCrinolines.com, you should do so right away. They sell vintage and antique clothes. Their selection of mid-century underpinnings (garters, bras, hose, girdles, etc.) is divine. The only downside is that they are located in Great Britain. They do ship to the US but when you have to pay in pounds and add the cost of shipping, it becomes a little more than the average girl can cough up.

On the plus side, they have a very nice timeline of fashion from the beginning of the Victorian Era through the end of the Edwardian, complete with photos of actual garments from their collection. This is a great costume history reference to keep in your back pocket.

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I am the mother of a not-quite-two-year-old. As such, I just can’t wear single-shoulder purses anymore. Add to that the dearth of not-ugly crossbody purses and it led me to take matters into my own hands.
I found an acceptable brown “pleather” hobo bag at my local Ross. Next, I decided on a colorful striped grosgrain ribbon for the strap that coordinated well with the brown of the “pleather” and some cute brown and blue gingham ribbon for the small zipper pulls. I picked up some black cotton strapping (also called webbing) to reinforce and cushion the ribbon. I chose strapping that was slightly narrower than the ribbon. This made the strap easier to assemble.
The first step was to cut off the old short strap and remove the “pleather” zipper pulls. I then sewed two 4 ft lengths of ribbon together, stitching as close to the edges as possible. The pieces were longer than I needed but I wanted to have extra just in case. The finished length of the strap was 3 feet. I then fed the strapping into the pocket made by the the two ribbons. I set the strapping about 1 inch back from the ends of the ribbon. This allowed the folds at the ends to be much less bulky and to look prettier. I folded the ribbon around the rings and applied two rows of stitching. I used the leftover grosgrain ribbon to create a large zipper pull for the main compartment. I cut the end at an angle and used a line of very tight stitches at the edge to keep it from fraying and attached it with a 3/8 inch jump ring. Lastly I tied the gingham ribbon to the zippers of the small compartments and, voila! Done. The perfect summery crossbody sling purse.

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