Thursday, October 29, 2015

Swappers Gonna Swap

Life has been a little crazy lately. A week spent gallivanting around New Orleans and the ensuing game of catch-up at work the following week have kept me from spending much time with the sewing machine or the blog. But I did take one night off to attend the biannual Fabulous Ladies Clothes Swap hosted by Echo Theatre, and it was a blast! First, I got a few items from a friend before we even made it to the swap. (Apologies for the terrible pictures - I was trying to get everything photographed before the sun set.)

One pair of like-new jeans and a plain blue tee.

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Three Calvin Klein hooded tees - one charcoal, one pink and grey, and one black (not pictured because I was already wearing it).

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Once we got to the swap, there were refashionables galore!

One size 24 white lacy fringed shirt and skirt. A trip through the laundry, despite its dry clean only label, mostly took care of the stain down the front, but also shrank the lace more than the lining. Oh well!

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Two dated floral Laura Ashley dresses.

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One rusty orange halter top mini-dress (too small for Rosy even), which I only grabbed for the wooden beads around the neckline.

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One red tunic with awesome embroidery, damaged ties, and a small stain.

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Some sort of long poncho-ish thing that's basically a huge gauzy rectangle folded in half with a neckhole in the middle, and sewn down the sides about a foot in from the edges. I've googled my fingers off and can't figure out what to call this thing. If you know what it is, I'd love to hear it. Oh, and there's a huge rip in the back side too, but I'm sure I'll find something to do with all that fabric. EDIT: It's a vintage caftan! Thanks, Debbie, Jenny, and JJ!

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One weird boxy Loft top with bizarre underarm gussets. Seriously, what's that about?

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One Levi's denim jacket that's seen better days, especially around the collar.

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But there were also some more wearable finds...

Two denim pencils skirts - one purple and one coral - and two tops - one with an ikat-esque pattern and one with black and white stripes that just needs to be taken in a bit.

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One navy and teal jersey dress and a navy and silver polka dot scarf.

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One blue plaid western shirt with pearl snaps and a lacy brown cardigan.

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One black drapey top with interesting yoke detail that reminds me of an abacus and a flowy green polka dot top.

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Two over-sized sweaters - one light grey and one bright yellow linen-cotton blend with nifty flared hem.

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One huge purple and black leopard print scarf.

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And I saved the best for last. The item that caught my eye the second I walked in the door. Black Italian leather boots in a size 11, complete with leather interior and soles. Someone just made my week!

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I can't wait to work all these finds into the wardrobe rotation and to get refashioning on those that need it! And all this for just a $20 entry fee and the donation of some clothes I wasn't wearing anymore!

10 comments:

  1. "Swappers gonna swap" <---that literally made me "Lol"! :) Great finds! Can't wait to see how you refashion/style them.

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    1. I just finished up the first of the refashions and will be posting it this weekend after I take pics. I *love* how it came out!

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  2. First of all, those BOOTS!!! Such an awesome find! And so much more, but I especially want to see what becomes of the ivory lace two piece 😊

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    1. Oh, you'll see soon enough... :)

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  3. I would call that poncho-ish thing a caftan. They were popular in the '70s.

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    1. Debbie, I would call it a caftan, too.

      Carissa, if you google "vintage caftan" you will find photos of what we mean. (The newer caftans, which you will get if you just google "caftan", are different.)

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    2. I too think it is a caftan. I have a vintage pattern that calls it that...as if you need a pattern to make one! I kept the pattern 'cause it makes me laugh. :o)

      If you add some more rips and tatters to that jean jacket you'll be good to go with a distressed jean jacket.

      JJ
      www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    3. Thank you all! I kept googling various traditional garbs and finding nothing. I didn't think to slap the word "vintage" in front though!

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  4. Nice! Especially those boots! And I love the black top with the intricate neckline.

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    1. I know! I can't wait for it to stop raining so I can wear those boots!

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