Thursday, July 30, 2009

White worky

As I've mentioned before I have to wear white, black and grey only to work. It forces me to get creative with the combos I come up with. Today I was going for flowy and comfy!

Necklace-DIY (pretty pirate designs)
Pants-Bebe thrifted
Bracelets-thrifted all over
Shell ring-Rome, Italy
Silver ring-? forgot




Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday project day!!

I decided to make a wall hanging today, I had been trying to find something to put over our bed for a good while now. Living in earth quake country we have to have something that isn't going to fall off and bonk our head. I had been searching on ebay and etsy for a asian influenced tapestry or wall hanging and was not finding anything I liked which make me think to DIY! First I searched the web for trees that I liked which helped me get a good feeling of what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted it to be asian art because our bed room is all decorated in asian art. Here are the photos of the finished project! I think our bedroom is finally coming together in my usual mis-mash of colors and textures.

project tree
Below is the rest of our bedroom, the first art piece was made by my aunt in the 60s/70s from a kit, it's all made with tini little rocks. I inherited it from my grandparents, who she had made it for as a gift. The jewelry box was a birthday gift from my BF, when I turned 30. The circular art I found at the thrift store for 1.50$ each, as well as the purple velvet curtains (14$). The last piece is the newest find at my fave thrift store, its a silk painted fabric that has been framed it was 12.50$.


Friday, July 24, 2009

New vintage in my store

I have added some great new items to my store. Shop Pretty Pirate Designs. Don't forget, if you mention my blog you get 10% off, make sure to tell me and I will either change the price for you or credit you after you pay!

This jacket is my fave, so Balmain.
Awesome gladiator sandals
lace up cut out shoes
Prairie skirt, hand made in the 70s
Original high waisted 70s flare/wide leg jeans

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Outfit for a failed excursion

I was getting ready for work, when I got a call that my only client for today had canceled. Her son is sick. This is what I was going to wear to work, but I am no back in my cozies becuase it is freezing here. If I go out today I will most likely wear jeans so I can stay warm.

I am wearing
Coat-vintage, thrifted I was selling in my store but I decided to keep it for a while.
Belt-Etsy, vintage
Boots-thrifted and new

I have been loving all the nudes and peachy tones lately. This dress was a great find at Ross yesterday, it was only 8.50$. I also got some super cute new flats and some light baggy jeans with holes already in them. I only spent 40$. Gotta love Ross! Let me see here, this whole outfit cost.....jacket 8$, Dress8.50$, Belt 30$, Shoes 8$, Leggings 8$ 62.50! Pretty great!





Monday, July 20, 2009

Few new pieces in the store today!

New vintage at Pretty Pirate Designs on etsy. Check out those pants, just like the ones on Bona Drag but much cheaper! :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

More shoes!! DIY

Awesome DIY shoes inspired by Christian Louboutin for Rodarte found here (complete details)!

The originals

DIY version, amazing and gorgeous!!

Handmade shoes!

A friend of mine from hi school just had a art show in my hometown of Vancouver, WA. The show was a group show. As I was looking through the photos he had taken of the show (all amazing B.t.w) I stumbled upon this shoe designer. His shoes are incredable, made with some recycled materials and sometimes wooden heels, like real branches. I'm in love and I want the pair with a real railroad spike heel. SWOON!! Last 2 pics by my friend Nathan Childs, who is a amazing artist himself. Portland represent, Word!


Friday, July 17, 2009

Tribute to my grandma!

I inherited this skirt from my grandmother. It must be from the 40's or 50's because she was a larger woman in her older ages. It was a bit stained when I got it years ago so I decided to over dye it to make it wearable (it was originally a salmon pink). It fits perfect now and It's such a beautiful fabric. Can you tell I got my hair colored and cut. It's the first time in a long time that someone else besides me has cut my hair (I'm a stylist). It's taking some getting used to because the layers are much shorter in back.

I'm wearing-
Skirt-Grandmas originally
Shoes-Banana Republic


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sailing Away

I decided today was the right time to work on this skirt. I love the print and have been wanting to shorten it for a while now. It was a lucky find at a ongoing garage sale on Vashon Island, WA. The people who lived there had purchased a lot of stuff that was from abandoned storage units. Let me tell you, they had the most amazing stuff and it was really cheap. There was so much stuff that they were just trying to get rid of it, especially the clothing as it had rained and some things had gotten a bit damp. I purchased a bunch of other things that day as well, all amazing. The reason I havn't worked on this skirt was because I was still trying to figure out the best way to do it. I think the method I came up with worked perfectly. First I cut the skirt off the band, leaving about a 1/2 inch below the band. Then I Sewed it back on the fabric below the band making sure to only use the same length it was connected to originally. Lastly I ironed it down and wallah, perfect. The shirt I am wearing is also a creation of mine. It's actually a dress that I am wearing as a shirt. I made it out of thrifted, vintage fabric I got in Seattle at my favorite thrift store that is sadly gone now. I also made the necklace I am wearing today! I love it when things I make seem to all match each other.

The details-
Shirt/dress-Pretty Pirate Designs
Skirt-vintage DIY shortened
Belt-Vintage thrifted (leather with stamps and beautiful buckle)
Rings-Shell ring (arkay workshop) Large silver ring-Multi Culti
Necklace-Pretty Pirate Designs
Earings-Old can't remember
Bracelet/chocker-Mom's from the 70's (made by KIM)
Shoes-Rampage from Ross
Sailing away


DIY necklace

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New dress, DIY

I've had this vintage fabric for a long while now, I got it in Seattle at a thrift store, when I used to live there. I love the colors and the simple florals. I finally got around to making it into a dress today. YEA!! I love it. I was really wanting to wear something just like this tonight so I just whipped it up real fast. It only took about a hour, it's a simple 2 piece design/pattern that I created.

Dress-Pretty Pirate Designs
Shoes-Burlington coat factory
Belt-vintage and thrifted

This would have been a perfect 4th of July dress

My pictures are a little blurry today, maybe I'm shaky from the coffee I just had. I have been drinking it black which is a whole new experience. I am usually a cream and sugar gal. This dress is one I made a couple years ago. I think I am going to make another dress today, I have this great vintage black/floral print that has been laying around far too long. I'll post pics later if I get around to making it.
I'm wearing
Dress-made by me (Pretty Pirate Designs) out of thrifted (in Seattle), vintage fabric
Necklace-Thrifted then altered
Shoes-Thrifted (I love the little rhinestones)
Bracelets-Thrifted over time

Pretty Pirate dress




Sunday, July 12, 2009

All vintage today!

It's a beautiful semi warm day today in SF. I am still trying to wear more of my large collection of vintage dresses. This one is fairly new, I got it when I took a bunch of clothing in to trade at Buffalo Exchange. This beautiful hat, I was lucky enough to find at a thrift store along with 2 others that are amazing, all in the same day. I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

I'm wearing
Hat-vintage thrifted Dress-vintage 50s Buffalo exchange Belt-Grandpas old Shoes-etsy

sunny sunday
sunny sunday
sunny sunday
sunny sunday

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Little bit of lace

This is the first time I have worn this dress I made a few months ago. I think I might do some shirring under the bust to make it more fitted. I like how it looks with the contrasting vintage slip underneath. I made this flower hair clip the other day as well, I used to make these all the time and have tons of flowers left, so I decided to make some more.

The details-
Dress-made by me (Pretty Pirate Designs)
Slip-vintage silk
Belt-vintage from etsy (my fave one ever)
Shoes- Vintage but brand new, never worn old stock from Ebay. Replicated here.

Loving the lace
Loving the lace

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

DIY today!

I found this jumpsuit a few weeks back and had it listed in my store. Then a week ago I realized it had a bad really bad mothball smell so I took it out of the store and washed it, which didn't seem to work. I decided it was going to have to be mine and so a DIY was in order. At first I was going to just chop off the pants into shorts and cut the sleeves off but I decided it would be much cuter as a mini dress. Next up is a vinegar wash to get the mothball smell out. I'm crossing my fingers that works, otherwise I will have to pour some perfume or febreeze on it.

New vintage in the store

I added a bunch of new pieces to the store today. Check out Pretty Pirate Designs on ETSY!