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As promised here are the shoes I’ve renovated. They all had lovely potential before, but just needed some true appreciation and zazz. So, they have each been given zazz and a bit of love. I’m off to find more shoes tomorrow to further invigorate.

These little Valentine’s Day set have such a sweet Victorian, I think they are the prettiest little things ever. Who doesn’t like a little cream grosgrain bow draping over the side of their red pump??

This camel pair, are quite delicate. Only fitting to use a simple chiffon ribbon to accentuate the petite nature of the shoe. Besides, I’m convinced every basic shoe needs just a bit of zip.

& then of course, there are the little Black Beauties which I’ve been crowing about for two months. Finally decided to go with the black silk instead of an accent of another broach. Just love these.

The detail of the bow, in case you were just dying to look a bit closer.

Today will be sewing more on another little romantic lawn skirt, making pasta (with my new pasta maker, thanks Mum!), and some shopping. Busy bee. Perhaps I’ll have something to report tomorrow if I don’t get too excited along the way (and fail to document appropriately).

Ps. 25 days or so till Valentine’s Day!! I can’t wait 🙂 Got this darling image from the Graphics Fairy. Ohhhh my! Just LOVE all the images she’s shared, for us all to enjoy!

The Graphics Fairy

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Aren’t these the most beautiful shoes you’ve ever seen? These are my favs from the current shoe offering. I must say, after reading blog after blog and seeing cute adorable little flats with precious little bows and flowers, who isn’t just dying to make some at home? In my little shop, I try to stick with the traditional and ever versatile bow. But, who can resist a little flower or bit of silk?

Here is a lovely tutorial from Ms. Jewel Box Ballerina on how to make it yourself. Enjoy! I’ll post pics of my endeavors tomorrow.

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Busy Tuesday! Barely had time to tweet! But the birds have been snipped (will be strung today!). Thanks to some sweet little pint-sized helpers. If those little felt birdies could talk, they would have many giggles to share.

In addition to snipping birds out of felt, one of my favorite, instant gratification projects, is to transform tired (but great conditioned) shoes into new visions of loveliness. Did you ever read the part in Little Women, where Amy paints her boots blue? Jo lets her secret out when they are visiting society friends. Amy just about died with mortification. These days its not so terrible to repaint and refinish shoes. But every time I do, I think of poor little Amy March.

Here is the before — after I removed the wretched gold squiggles.

And now, with little black satin bows, sewn neatly in place.

I really wouldn’t be able to resist these…but alas, not my size 😦

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Well ladies. It’s done 🙂 Here is a pretty snap of it’s fluffy loveliness:

The green is the most delicate sweet pattern, and the chiffon is a soft olive. Detail of the fabric:

I really must find a non-blue dress form someday. But for now, make do 🙂 I mentioned last time general steps for making this skirt, but here’s a more detailed tutorial on

“How to whip and snip a curtain into a fluffy little skirt”

1. Measure curtain to 1.5x around your waist (i.e. wrap fabric once around you, then wrap 1/2 around again).
2. Snip length.

(Leave in all casings, and seams)

Chiffon piece
3. Seal edges of chiffon by hair-spraying each edge. Wait to dry. Trim edges, so there are now lose treads &c.

4. Measure chiffon to the same length as skirt.
5. Fold chiffon as shown, and hem both tiers of the underlay.

6. Pin & sew to finished edge of curtain. Iron smooth.

7. Snip any unneeded material and bind seam.
8. Sew up the back (i.e. fold your skirt in half — right sides together — stitch up the unfinished seam). Be careful to sew all the way around the existing casing, so you don’t lose the home for your waistband.
9. Iron smooth.

10. Insert elastic through waistband casing. I usually measure the elastic by holding a piece snugly around my waist, and adding two inches.

11. Adjust elastic to be evenly smooth around skirt.
12. Stitch casing closed.
13. Primp, admire and adore.

This little sweet thing turned out great. For wearing out and about, I’d wear it with a little white tee, draping beads and throw a little vintage lace belt around it, or maybe a brown leather belt. Flats, wedges or boots. MmMmmm. Glam glam.

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I was reading a blog on how to blog, and it said one of the worst things you can do is have a bad post title. I hung my head in shame, and thought…oh dear “Thrifting” really wasn’t exactly the most dramatic title, but, but, but it was descriptive!

So. I went thrifting again with a dear friend on Saturday. With coffee in hand and carrots in good supply we headed on our quest. I tell you, speaking of a losing streak. I lost any “luck” I ever had with thrifting. We went to five different places, and it was one extreme to the next.

Stop #1.
In this one (as my tweet mentioned) everything was horribly overpriced. It didn’t feel like thrifting, it was regularly normal prices for tired items. Sad, but moving on!

Stop #2.
This one was tucked so far in it was difficult to locate. We managed to finally find it, and tip-toed in hoping the musty smell was the smell of good deals. Alas no. We did find one treasure. A WELL preserved 1980’s formal gown. If I’d been party worthy in the 80’s I would have worn this dress.

Stop #3.
We were looking for #3 but saw a sign, and thought…I guess this is the one. Oh dear. This was a quite an experience. There were piles of shoes and electronics when you walked in, one rack of clothes, and in the back were stacks and stacks of car tires. We politely made the scape, and the scooted out. Across the street we saw another sign for one…so we continued on.

Stop #4.
This one was closed, retail space available, but the sign was too much to resist.

Stop #5.
Thrift Store. Ahhh, we made it! This store was lovely. Normal peaceful selection, thrifty prices. Actually this one had the best selection of old Bridal gowns I’d seen. Again, I saw one that was so beautiful and preserved. I would have worn it, had I been born a few decades earlier (and if Mr. T had been born earlier. Essential.) I found some curtains that will be turned into aprons soon. $2.99, and boy was I happy 🙂

Today:
I heard one lady at my favorite T-store say last Wednesday “You don’t think anyone will shop on Friday if they know we have a sale on Monday?” Wahhhhoooo. So Monday, today, I may poke my head in. Just for a split second.

Felt Update: Check our Mrs. Priss. She’s got some great felt on! Felt Hair Bows: Dying sweet deaths inside. Oooooh la LA!

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Fall 2010 is almost upon us, and I confess I’ve already started stroking my boot bin in EAGER anticipation for my favorite season of all. FALL.

This fall’s style can be defined as: Thrifty glam, or economic glitz.

Runways have been full the past few weeks with excitement and drama of the new season. Designers and models alike are touting their glam and luxe. New season, new spending budget, new quest for the ultimate fab-faux-drab.

Reminds me dramatically of the old English Fox hunts. All riders mount, the dogs are let loose, and the hunters begin their chase of that poor elusive and rather overrated sweet fox.

This season the fox is worth it.

Before you have the Mrs. T Fashion cheat sheet. Consider the general guidelines for this season.

A. Feathers, vintage jewelry (cluster 2-3 brooches or old earrings instead of one)

B. Light colors are trendy this year (also helps us use our summer shirts and skirts for the fall and winter — THANK YOU THRIFTY GLAM!). Use the Dec H&M Style Guide to help you. Here are my picks.

C. Boots boots boots. Any hight, color or style. Just wear ’em with anything. Esp your skinny jeans BUT NO JEGGINGS. If you google boots boots boots, this is what you get 🙂 boots boots boots May I highlight this fab 1970’s pic from Digilander
Beautiful Boots

D. Camel & gray, more than every this season. Both go with everything and together.

As promised there are 4.5 essentials to this new season.
We’ll start from the bottom up.

1. Booties — boots are the ones that come to the calf or higher. Booties are the little ones that hit your ankle at that beautiful cut that makes you look straight out of the 20s. Make sure they are classy. Booties look trashy if not done exactly right!

2. Maxi-Skirt — Lengths are coming back (I personally think its in response to the climate-change, go Snow Monster in DC this past winter. We need warm femme!). So grab a long skirt with a ruffle, pattern or anything. The trick with this cutting edge trend is to pair it with snaky flats or your adorable booties that you purchased above. You can do the vintage twist on this one by having the skirt be super full and paired with a wide belt and fitted blouse.

NOTE, always fitted blouse with long skirts — or like the pic, try a belted billow.

3. Chunky Knit Sweater — I still need to get mine (my sister has been working on a design for those of you that knit, check out her site here, ELEGANT ECONOMY), but find a knit sweater that hits mid to high thigh. Colors: Grey or Camel if you want versitatle. I’d go with a deep purple or teal if you want something more trendy and the SUPER trendy would be a deep sailor blue (this color will be more popular later winter).

4. Vintage Dress — This dress should have a small print and be paired with summer peep-toes or booties.

Use this dress with a heavy sweater and belt for a deep Autumn look.

4.5. Leopard. Although I still remain a faithful lover of all animal print (see collection below). Leopard is snag fab this season, so grab a little leopard wallet or flats to spice up your Autumn look. High fashion can use more animal, for us plebes, find a staple and keep it normal.

Items that you should already have in your wardrobe:

1. Little over the shoulder purse — forget the big bag ladies unless your hitting the tarmac. The little purse keeps you slim trim and mobile. I have a little black Dorney & Bourke one that makes me smile every time I throw it over my shoulder. The hot pink lining combined with the cattle faux leather mini clutch makes my heart sing a stanza of Melody Gardot’s.

2. Knee/calf high flat boots (blk or brown is great) — don’t feel the need to upgrade to grey or camel.

3. Military Jacket — as with EVERY fall the military styled buttons, stripes and stiches are a fall staple. You should have this jaket in your wardrobe from last year. Don’t buy another one if yours is remotely close.

4. Belts — by this point if you’ve purchased one or two belts per year, you should have at least two large chunky ones, at least one medium shiny one, and one skinny one. AND every woman should have the woven belt (I have mine in metallic bronze so I can wear it with anything). If you don’t have your belts up to snuff, I would invest in a medium width camel leather belt with a bronze or gun metal buckle. This should be worn over sweaters at the waist, with dresses at the waist or over that billowy large top — at the waist.

5. Scarves — You should have about 2-12 scarves in your closet at this point (averaging 1-3 per year since they became popular). The trick for this fall is to add a bit of flare and flow to the knit/heavy look. SO. When putting together your outfit consider putting a more romantic scarf (i.e. thinner, lighter colors, sheer, lacy etc.) with heavier knits. This will add that winter-wonderland look to ANY outfit.

6. Flats — Totally in, wear em all you like. To keep your tooties warm rifle through your stocking drawer and pull out those colorful tights or super light-weight ankle socks to wear with them.

Now for execution.

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