Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thrift Haul from July

Today, I want to share with you some of the wonderful things I have bought during my thrift haul in preparation for the summer vacation. Now that the vacation is over, I feel confident that I can share not only the freshly bought clothes, but also my impressions of wearing them. 

I must admit that I use the term "thrift haul" rather loosely. All the things you will see here are thrifted, but there's only six items.    

First up, a leather jacket I bought from UFF (all the things in this thrift are from UFF). It may seem strange to buy a leather jacket in July. But I live in Finland. It's cold here. Also, I've never had a leather jacket so I thought it would be fun to try it out. And I love it! It's possibly the most early-2000s thing I have ever owned. The brand is called "DIGITAL l@bel", yes, spelled with an "@". The only way they could have made it more 2000s if they had added "Xtreme" in there somewhere.    

And when I wear the jacket I seem to have a passing  resemblance to the favorite movie character of my childhood - Gleb Zheglov from the Soviet mini-series The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979). I just need the hat.
Sharapov and Zheglov from The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
The other new acquisition - the white button down blouse with a lacy collar has a lovely 1940s vibe and served me very well in the Moscow heat. 

The peasant blouse with embroidery was something I have been looking for the whole summer. It seems that it's a bit of a trend this season and all the regular stores were full of them. Consequently, all the thrift stores were out completely. But I managed to find one and it fit. It's a lovely light cotton and goes perfectly with my summer skirts. 

The final item of clothing were these wide-leg shorts (would you call these culottes?). They seem to be from the 90s, but I thought they have a very vintage look. The color has a bit of a rust-red tint which made me hesitate, but I ended up finding a perfect blouse in my wardrobe to go with them. And after I took them in at the waist, they were so comfortable that I spent a large portion of my vacation wearing them.

They do remind me of these lovely vintage shorts. 

Source: Vintage Dancer 
On top of that, I bought some fabrics that I intend to use for various projects. 

On the left is a piece of thick cotton that I am planning to turn into a skirt. The pattern is super fun. When you see it you may think that those are blueberries, but when you look closer you realize that those are actually blue cherries. Yes, blue cherries! Who wouldn't love that! 

On the right is a blue polyester shawl with a paisley pattern. I'm not too in love with this piece of fabric but I bought it becasue I wanted to try out some of the make do & mend sewing patterns from the '40s that encourage you to turn your old scarves and shawls into blouses. I feel that I'm cheating a little here since I did buy the scarf to turn into a blouse, but, frankly, I like all my shawls and scarves too much to cut them up. I will document my process on this blog.             

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