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Ribbon, Part II

I really appreciate all the ideas I was given for using the super vintage ribbon I found last week.  I’ve actually tried some of them out already.

While I was in a retail environment last week, I couldn’t help but notice that ribbon seems to be pretty popular, at least in stores like Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and Ralph Lauren.   What was so shocking was the poor quality of the majority of ribbons used.

The watchbands and key rings at Brooks Brothers in the photo above were fairly nice, but the quality just does not compare to my vintage ribbon.  And the “leather” on the key ring was not leather at all, but rather, an imitation.

Also noted:

These ribbon and webbing belts were an embarrassment to the store’s name.  These are for little girls where quality is not always a consideration, but still, they reminded me of the cheap belts that come with a dress.

I really like the use of ribbons on the inside of a sweater opening, but this one was scratchy.

And a similar one on the neck of a cotton tunic.

These flip-flops were similar to the ones I linked to in my previous post, but these are not made in the USA.

What I came way with was a super appreciation of my vintage ribbon.  There is just no comparison.I did spend a few hours working on projects.

Working in dog rescue, I’ve gone through a lot of leashes, but I always save the latches.  Now I know what to do with them.   I stitched two thicknesses of the ribbon and attached it to the latch for a simple key ring.

I made a reversible ribbon belt by stitching two different ribbons and attaching a ring on one end and a latch on the other.  I’m not happy with the ring, so I’ll be replacing it with a smaller, rounder one.   I’m getting ready to made a chambray shirtdress, and the belt will work nicely with it. (I’m quite sure I’ll be taking that puffy cap off the top of that sleeve.  Sorry Mr. Hechter.)

And finally, I loved the hatband idea so much that I went through my hats to find one that needed a touch of color.  This was my first attempt at millinery, but I was happy with it, and Sunny, the neighbor’s dog approved of it as well!

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Too Good to Pass Up

I love to brag about where I live, but one thing I don’t think I’ve ever divulged is that either way I choose to turn at the end of my little road, there is a Goodwill Store about 3 miles away.  Sometimes I’ll be in the mood for a little thrift therapy and I’ll have to flip a coin to decide whether to turn right or to turn left.

Yesterday I turned left.

Anyone who thrift shops knows that much of the charm of the experience is  that one never knows what will be found.  I try to keep an open mind, but at the same time I’ve gotten very particular about what I buy.  I’m trying to clear out stuff, not add more useless clutter. But when a treasure presents itself, I’m not afraid to make it mine.

Yesterday’s treasure materialized in the form of a cardboard milk crate which was filled with old crafting supplies.  Most of it was pretty mundane, but I immediately spotted several rolls of vintage ribbon.  I started pulling it out of the box, and quickly realized how special it was – made in England in great colors (blue!) with woven edges.  I grabbed the box and headed to the counter where the worker apologized for the haphazard way the merchandise was presented.  He admitted they had not wanted to price it all individually, so they just threw it all in a box and put a one-price-takes-all on it.

That suited me, as things like this so often never make it to the sales floor, but become bin-fodder for the big clearance center.

Now I’m the proud owner of thirteen rolls of lovely striped rayon ribbon, most of which were never used.    The next question is “What do I do with it?”  I could corner the market on preppy ribbon watch bands, if only the ribbons were pink and lime green.

So I’m looking for ideas.  Please don’t be afraid to post your own thoughts, or a link to a pretty picture on Pinterest showing the perfect ribbon craft.

If you are an envious ribbon lover, and you’d like a bit of this for your own, drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to sell some of it for a nominal cost.

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Vintage Ribbon Bonanza

When I got back into sewing a few years ago I quickly realized that in order to keep this hobby from becoming a money pit, I needed to buy as many of the sewing materials as possible secondhand.  What that really means is that I needed a sewing stash  – a wonderful pile of fabrics, patterns, trims, zippers and buttons.

I’ve got a good start on building my stash, but I’m always on the lookout for things to add to the growing heap.  When I spotted a seller at the flea market selling vintage trims, I did a double-take.  Her sign read “$1 a roll.”  I quickly picked out $10 worth, and I realize I should have gotten even more.  While woven ribbon of this quality is still available, it has gotten very expensive, with thin ribbon starting about $3 a yard.

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