I’ve written so many posts about the fantastic items I’ve inherited (& cleverly re-imagined) from Great Auntie Uschi that I thought it was time to introduce the fabulous woman herself:
Wasn’t she a stunner?
Tante Uschi was not only incredibly stylish but also extremely kind hearted and generous. She delighted in seeing all of the offbeat creations I came up with from what she called her “alter Krimskrams” (old rubbish), our favourite heirloom to be passed down?
This glorious hand carved African Schatzkiste (treasure chest) – phenomenal! And the best part? It was full of “alter Krimskrams”!
Let’s take a look inside Tante Uschi’s Amazing Schatzkiste full of Vintage Treasures:
The gorgeous (& insanely heavy) treasure chest now has a new life as our munchkin’s hope chest and we’re sure it will remain a family heirloom for generations to come. Here’s a wee sample of what was inside:
The chest was absolutely bursting with handcrafted linens from the 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s.
Belts & accessories from the 60’s & 70’s
Take a peek at what I did with the two belts on the left here:
and how I saved the broken one on the right here:
How funkadelic is this bit of awesomeness to wear with a t-shirt?
(I really must try some style experimenting with that fab vintage collar & tie)
Simply sumptuous bags from the 40’s & 50’s:
And a bunch of absolutely exquisite vintage dresses:
Here’s the refashionista improvements:
Chopping the bottom and using it to create some groovy sleeves made this dress a wardrobe fave!
That orange lace beauty needed a bit of love – see what I did here.
That 1970’s housecoat looks fab after my no-sew refashion:
A few required some major love & attention:
– all the torn & hang-y bits chopped & the rest reassembled into a super fun frock!
This dress was quite a bit too big for me but as it was from Tante Uschi I absolutely had to make it wearable:
I was terrified to even attempt the reconstruction of this hand-beaded 1940’s evening dress but it was just too sensational not to:
Discover how I repaired that gorgeous beaded dress, my simple tricks for how to spot vintage while thrifting + no sew DIY tips to make your fantastic finds fit perfectly in my interview with Preloved Chica below:
This phenomenal vintage dress and jacket set was hiding at the bottom of the treasure chest:
Measuring 150cm from shoulder seam to hem, it appears to have been originally created for a gorgeous glamazon – as I’m 156cm tall (in shoes) some rather drastic refashioning was in order!
This one was a simple refashion with a lovely result:
Check out these groovy tags:
And another glam shot Tante Uschi:
Vielen Lieben Dank Tante Uschi…
Du bist unser Schatz! (you are our treasure!)