Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches
I went to a Catholic school and I remembered our nun taught us embroidery stitches in our art class.  Little did I know,  actually, there are so many kinds of embroidery stitches. A favorite type of stitching taught in our school was cross stitching. I’m not a big fan of doing embroidery. For me embroidering is boring, but I like the result though.

Especially, I like embroidery in clothing like the top I wore in the above pics. I believe the kind of stitches in the design are called chain stitches. Embroidery used to be done by hand but since the industrial revolution, machines, then later computers were used to replace hand embroidery. It’s faster and can be done in massive way.

To be honest with you, I didn’t try to match my top with my handbag but later I realized the bag has embroidery design as well. I always love a pleasant coincidence ;)

Oh yeah, these pictures were taken in a small town called Georgetown, 15 minutes drive from Pawleys Island SC. We spent a week there last week. Everytime we go to Pawleys Island, I always remember this novel by Kathie Reichs Bones to Ashes. You may already know that the crime television series “Bones” is based on her character Temperance Brennan.

I have read almost all of Kathie Reichs’ books. If you like forensic science & crime drama,  you will like these books.

I wore :
Ann Taylor Pants (thrifted), Top and Wedges (thrifted), Handbag (TJ Maxx), Sunglasses (Old Navy)

Bell Bottoms

Bell bottoms again. I seem stuck on bell bottoms lately. It’s funny that they’re called “bell bottoms,” trousers that fit tightly around the hips, upper thighs and get wider toward the bottom. Duhh!! Of course because it looks like a bell shape.

You know I’m an information junkie. I want to know the details behind everything. Until now,  I still have a desire to be a detective (watching too much Cold Case, ID &  Forensic Files I guess). I like to get the scoop on everything and everyone. Some people call this nosy :) Especially I am interested in working on cold cases, cracking the puzzle and catching the bad guy. I know there’ s no connection between wanting to be a detective work and and 1960’s fashion unless we’re talking about the Mod Squad, but who cares?

I wore :
Top (thrifted), Alloy Flared Jeans, Brush for Payless Shoes

Bell Bottoms
From my investigation I read that bell bottoms precise origins are uncertain. Very wide trousers ending in a bell began to be worn in the U.S. Navy in the early 19th century. Why? Nobody knows. In my opinion maybe for reasons of comfort. I can understand that, especially if  they need to bend a lot, tight pants won’t be comfortable.

For some reason bell bottoms became popular in 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s and they are becoming hot again now in the 20th century. They seem to be getting wider and wider every year.

Bell Bottoms

The design was modified and modernized, then boot cut, flare and hip hugger terms come up. Eric Clapton also made a song with the title “Bell Bottom Blues.” I’m not sure what the correlation between bell bottom blues and bell bottoms pants is. I guess both reflect being at the bottom.

My tip is don’t throw away your vintage items because when fashion designers run out of ideas they will always go back to the past and modify the design.

Bell Bottoms

 

Tribal Motif

For some reason this outfit reminds me of “The Lion King” movie. I don’t know why, maybe the tribal motif on the skirt makes me want to move and dance the African Jungle Dance. I have a passion for learning different cultures. African is one of them. I’ve never been to Africa but at least I can feel the aura a little bit by wearing this skirt.

This skirt is actually a pant. I was confused when at first saw it but fell in love with the wild motif. I tried the pants on but they fit only a little above my knee, couldn’t move up higher :( . Then I remembered this song “Pants on the Ground” by “General” Larry Platt.  The pants must be for skinny girls with really skinny legs/thighs. For a few seconds I hated skinny girls.

But I bought the skirt anyway, being persuaded that I probably could do something with it.
It seemed like someone just sewed a line in the middle of the skirt. I successfully removed the thread between the thigh area. Tada!!! Now I have a cute skirt.

Auwwww… He, ha helelemama Ohi’mbube…

Ohi’mbube…

Ohi’mbube…

In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

Oh please don’t let me start dancing ….Ohi’mbube


Outfit Detail :

— Old Navy Top
— Torn by Ronny Kobo Skirt (thrifted)
— Desiderata Shoes (thrifted)
— Vera Wang for Kohl’s Bracelet
— New York & Company Necklace


 Tribal Motif

Tribal Motif

Tribal Motif

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