When given a choice, I very nearly always pick old over new-- used, loved, and classic over shiny and trendy. My apartment is filled with antiques and thrift store treasures. The absolute best books I read as a child were those written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I still gravitate towards historical books, movies, and TV shows.
I routinely use vintage fabric or repurposed antique tablecloths, curtains, etc. to make new things like aprons and purses. I don't blog about it much, but you can see one example in this post, or you can visit this page to see more.
Twice in the past two days two different people joked that maybe I was born in the wrong era. I don't doubt God's providence, but it is fun to romanticize and look for the best of past decades. I do think that sometimes in the simplicity of the past, we can look back and see the beauty that has endured over time.
Wearing vintage clothes isn't quite as simple as picking up something new off of the rack. Here are a few things that I have learned:
1. Cleaning vintage clothing or fabric can be interesting. Stains can be set in, and often times there is a strong, stale, old fabric smell that is hard to shake. I washed the clothes on gentle settings with cold water. Sometimes, I let them soak for a while, and I almost always ran them through the washing machine twice. I also always air-dry everything. This prevents further damage to possibly weak or stained fabric.
So, I've worn these dresses to work, and to church, and to a wedding. I love them, love that they help me remember my granny, and love the story they tell.
Would you like to see more of the clothing :)? I am not a huge fan of having my picture taken, but I did want to have some photos of these dresses. And I have a sister who is an awesome photographer. She has been insisting that I get updated headshots. And my brother-in-law and my friend Kayla wanted to practice some of their photography skills with someone who would stand still and pose as long as they needed. So the four of us met up in downtown Peoria and took some very fun pictures.
And, for the record, this was my view for the afternoon:
Want to see more of the pictures? You can see Steph's post and the rest of the photos here.
What do you think of vintage clothes? Any favorite tips for pulling off styles from another era?
Why Make Beautiful Things week. You can read my original post here.
-Wednesday, come back for Emily's story about the beauty of homemaking and hospitality in military family life.
-Friday, Steph will write about the importance of taking, printing, and displaying beautiful family photos.
-AND on Sunday, I'll be hosting a special giveaway with seven beautiful items that I know you are going to love from Kayla Phillips Design, Steph Zimmerman Photography, and [un]common workbasket. You don't want to miss it!