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 & 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?
Wanna see some treasure?
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.
how funkadelic is that bit of awesomeness to wear with a t-shirt?
simply sumptuous bags from the 40’s & 50’s
Here’s a groovy selection of the faves from my growing collection.
and…absolutely exquisite vintage dresses! – some needed little or no improvement
whilst others merely needed a bit of shortening up…
and a few that required some major love & attention…
– all the torn & hang-y bits chopped & the rest reassembled into a super fun frock!
I was terrified to even attempt the reconstruction of this hand-beaded 1940’s evening dress but it was just too sensational not to…
the result is amazing! – now I just need to lose the last of that (stubborn) baby weight!
UPDATE: stubborn baby weight has been lost and the dress can be seen fitting properly in all its glory right over here
I have yet to decide what to do with this huge but lovely ensemble – any ideas?
UPDATE: That glamazonian dress & jacket have finally been tailored and refashioned into a most excellent just-my-style set! Check out the step-by-step here.
This tag is so groovilious I just had to share it!
Vielen Lieben Dank Tante Uschi…
Du bist unser Schatz! (you are our treasure!)