My Own “Resurrection” Telling My Dunkin’ Story

Every morning I walk the dog and there is an empty field near the end of the block where a house has been torn down and the lot is now covered in gravel, chunks of coral, shale. I always pass a little bit of litter and it always catches my eye for some reason. It is a piece of a dunkin’ donuts cup and it says “tell your dunkin’ story”.
So on sight of the litter I ruffle through my Rolodex for any stories I may be able to tell about dunkin’ doughnuts, no files found…and then I decide to change the search by substituting the dunkin’ for any word that rhymes with dunkin’
Funkin’ (and other variations)
Junkin’
Punkin’ Pumpkin
Drunkin’
Eventually I settled with removing the dumb dunkin’ all together, and since it’s the internet, I can make it (my Freakin’ Story) look much better than it really is!!! Yay!!

So welcome to the story I’ve made up …. sort of…

I recently got my old patchwork curtains back from my son. It’s been 10 years they have been protecting someone else’s windows. I put them up yesterday, over my bed. They are all luxury fabrics I had collected over the years and all of the fabrics hold memories for me, I could tell you where each piece of fabric comes from and probably what I was “planning” to make when I found it.

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I did find it a little hard to sleep under them, my mind began to race like it use to with a million ideas of things I need to do NOW!!! So from hence forth, they will be my magical dream curtains of many colors. And I will wake up each morning grateful for the colored sprinkles on top of the I scream.

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Metalics from India and and Greece, plush velvets, rich brocades, double dyed and printed linens, and shimmery satins. All in royal jewel-tone colors that look lovely with the sun shining through this time of morning.

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In reality they’re pretty funky with uneven seams and raw hems, but hey it’s my story I get to embellish it the way I want! Maybe I will hem them someday and they’ll be perfect?

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to me they are perfect so I won’t be in a huge hurry.

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The metalic fabric with peacocks came from a sweet Greek woman who had been an seamstress when she was in Greece. She was in her 80’s and totally loved me (and everyone else who would stop and make eye contact with her. She rented a little cottage to my good friend Lorraine and gifted me her old sewing cabinet, full of really amazing vintage fabrics, sewing tools, and laces. When I see the fabric it reminds me of her peering out the stoop of her little house every time I visited my friend. I loved talking to her and she always offered a cookie to my young son.

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Metalic fabric above was from a Vintage Indian men’s “pyjama” or Kurta, a long tunic with standup collar and matching drawstring pants Maybe it was a wedding Kurta?

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My little Dream catcher also shares the window with the dream curtains. and throws rainbows around the room for about 30 minutes in the morning sun.

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My little sun worshiping Siamese cat keeps a squinty eye on the neighbors. I love the patina, she’s bronze and is actually a small stash box. (she was also returned to me by my son recently)

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This is a vintage length of Seminole patchwork given to me long ago by a friend. I love the colors and imagine they may be natural dyes. The tassels are oversized vintage passementerie found at a thrift store in a grab bag.

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This is my head model she flutters from place to place.  She is among the vintage tins filled with vintage jewelry findings and broken pieces.

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Here she is wearing an unfinished hat…I intend to finish someday

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And my raggedy hat which I also fully intend to finish….some day!

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Today I was blessed with free avocados, while walking the dog, they’re in season and dropping everywhere. Really good food!

Custom Made Lace Wedding Dress For My Best Friend Lou

Resurrection Rags custom wedding dress

My Best friend got married when I was in Oregon and she was in New York. I couldn’t get to her wedding in body but I was definitely there in spirit.

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She wanted me to make her a custom made wedding dress so I did. All of the elements were upcycled vintage laces other than the under pinnings and layers but those were upcycled vintage as well. The front bodice overlay was from a very old vintage wedding dress possibly from the early 1900’s scattered with some fake pearls. The dress was quite tattered when I found it probably on it’s way to a landfill if I had not rescued it from the garage sale pile of  $1.00 each goodies.

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The bodice back closure was from another wedding dress I found at a flea market also on it’s way to the trash at the end of the day. It was silk shantung but the bottom of the skirt was badly stained so I paid 3.00 for it and knew it would go to good use.
The applique cut from the back of the original dress, will be added to the back as a closure, it is a piece from the upcycled vintage wedding dress, beaded flowers on silk shantung. It is just pinned on now and it will not look so sloppy once I fit it into place and sew it on by hand, I love the little fabric covered buttons

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Back bodice with applique pinned in place

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The back panel after being sewn in place

 

 

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And the back finally finished

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The near finished dress, before I changed the flowers and added a bit of lace for the cap sleeves

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The flowers in their final places, some also on the skirt…

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And the lovely Bride with the groom and the groom’s father.

Vintage Image Sources For Inspiration

As a collage artist, I am an image collector, and in my “other life” I find and provide images for papercraft artists.  I have been doing this for over 10 years and it is one of my passions because I just love old stuff! Many of my clothing and accessories are designed from vintage inspiration. In my travels (looking for vintage images) I often find images related to clothing and accessory designs, and instructions and patterns from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Below is a sample collage made from one of my , Image Source image collections for Victorian dressmaking.

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Victorian Dress Making Clipart, Digital Collage Sheet

I have put some of these together for myself as a reference to hopefully spur my creativity, and I’m sharing them here so maybe others will be inspired as well, if anyone ever finds my blog.

I love the fancy work and the dainty designs from the Edwardian and Victorian eras and make many of my bags based on a fine detail I’ve seen on a vintage bag or piece of clothing. Here are some of my early bags I really do like the fancy fiddley work. 

 

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Here is a close-up of the bag in the pop picture

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and the back view:

 

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The little white bag in the top right side was made from a vintage table linen and has been dragged around for years, and dyed dusty pink at some point. I think the older it gets the more I like it!

 

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This is made from a nice moss green, appliqued and embroidered  linen table napkin and some secret origami handshake folding that I will probably never be able to recreate again. I folded and sewed and turned it right side out and was surprised and a little disapointed at first. Now everytime I see it and / or use it I think…wow I should make more of those! It has become one of my favorites for stashing jewelry.

 

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This little one is made from the selvage end of a length of unbleached muslin, leftover from making a dress.

So …

I do kind of have an obsession with the little dainty bags and what the Victorians use to call “fancy work”. 

I have gathered a bunch of vintage images for handbags and purses, most are from the Edwardian era  Here are a few I have fixed for reference and hopefully I will be adding more routinely

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The images below were from an advertisement for a department store which carried lady’s Fancy Bags and Novelties. 

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The Designs are quite cute and could easily be translated to today’s wearables

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There will be more as long as I can remember to blog …enjoy!

 

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A Trip Home and Antique Shopping

Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness

I was born in a small town in South West Florida, many of my relatives are still living there and have added a few generations of new relatives along the way. My sister whom I had not seen in over 30 years came down and we made a trip to the old town to visit and we went antique shopping, because a tiny old town is always a great place to find antiques:

Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness
Antique Store In Labelle Florida. Wagon Wheels and Ox harness

            This is so much better than Disney World!

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You know you’re in Florida in the “booneys” when you find a stuffed gator on display at the local antique shop
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Alligator on Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrels

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 Good old Underwood typewriter

Vintage mixer 1930's or 40's
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I remember the smell of the motor running mixed with the smell of chocolate cake

 

Vintage nic nacs, china, and glassware
Vintage nic nacs, china, and glassware

 I especially liked the elephant

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All the pretty horses, …there was actually just one of them but I liked it all the same 

 

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Classic Antique Piano, Just Lovely!
Antique player Piano
Dusty old player piano found in an antique store in Labelle, Florida
the workings of an antique player piano
one of the original “computers”

Cotton and Lace Camisole, Altered Couture From Vintage Laces and Fabrics

 

Cotton, Crochet and Lace Camisole, Altered Couture, Tank Top, Boho, Gypsy, Prairie-Girl,  Made From Vintage Laces and Fabrics 


 

 

 

 

 

Cotton and lace camisole, prairie, boho style top, altered couture from vintage laces and fabrics. Vintage style loose fitting top is perfect for layering over tanks or bralettes, or could be used as a swimsuit cover.The front panel of this vintage inspired top is embellished with a vintage embroidered table linen, with Battenburg tape lace edging, and a handmade fabric flower. The back has a crocheted middle panel which adds a little bit of stretch and interest.

This top was made from a previous mistake in measurement for a small skirt and since I hate to let anything go to waste I found a way to salvage the mishap. The back panel crocheted piece is a vintage “chair arm cover” doily which was handmade. The lace trim along the edges and straps is from the Edwardian era as is the front embellishment of embroidered cotton with battenburg tape lace trim.

 

Thank you so much for reading, leave a comment if you have a few minutes to spare …much love,
Charlotte

You can find more of my work at https://resurrectionrags.indiemade.com

 

Altered Couture Lace Bolero Vest Reconstructed Vintage, Bridal Shrug

Altered Couture, Lace Bolero Vest, Reconstructed Vintage Wedding Shrug

 



Lace Bolero vest, altered couture from vintage laces and fabric by ResurrectionRags. (this item is no longer available for sale, but  similar items may be custom made to fit your needs


I like to tell the stories of the clothes that I create, especially when I use handmade vintage linens and laces. I started this piece years ago and got stumped and buried it among the rest of my unfinished projects hoping someday to have that Eureka! moment that would bring it to life.

 It started out to be a little cropped top made from crepe rayon left over from a reconstruct of an 80’s grunge dress, remember the big floral Maxi length dresses with the empire waist and tiered skirts?  This was the bodice, what was left of it, after using the copious ruffles in several other projects.  The front panel is a vintage hanky made of fine Irish linen with very intricate hand embroidery using a technique called Dresden Work, drawn thread embroidery.  

For me it was a little too plain and seemed too delicate to wear. I stashed it away and mostly forgot it.
 
Fast forward to when I recently moved back to Miami Florida, my home town and had to organize my stash of vintage fabrics into a much smaller place and sorted all of my unfinished projects and decided I needed to finish them. Unfinished business is not good for the soul and it’s really not good for creativity. 

 

I auditioned a few possibilities before the aha pieces fit together for me.  part of a Battenburg lace collar (above) on the right side and a very delicate handmade tatted doily on the left side. I liked the doily but the Battenburg lace was too bold and a little stiff for the backing.
 
 

 

This (above) was a piece from a vintage peasant top which was made of patchwork vintage laces and handkerchiefs. It was beautiful but way too delicate, for wearing. 
 
 
This was a corner of a vintage table runner, it was strong enough and fit perfectly. The floral lace trim along the top was leftovers from a wedding dress I made a few years ago. All of the elements were sewn on by hand, beads were added and VOILA!
 
 
 

                                              

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed the story. I use to sell at a farmer’s market and I miss telling the stories and the interaction with the new owners of my pieces.

Enjoy!!

Feel free to visit my Resurrection Rags Facebook page to see more altered couture designs, vintage jewelry, reconstructed jewelry, handmade flowers and accessories, and much more…

       



Hand Made Reconstructed One of a Kind

Handmade OOAK Deconstructed Crocheted Bohemian Skirt

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This skirt is a one of a kind deconstructed piece, the yoke of this skirt is from a pair of vintage 1980’s, Gloria Vanderbilt,cotton blue velvet, jeans, and four crocheted cotton, rectangular doilies. The top skirt is from a vintage 70’s cotton crocheted mini-dress and it has an under skirt which was salvaged from a vintage, girls, cotton gauze, dress to which a crinkled taffeta ruffle with raw edges, has been added for that great layered bohemian look.. The original pants zipper is still in use as the front closure and a decorative lace up application has been added to the back yoke. The watch pocket has been appliquéd with a sequined flower patch in deep royal blue (hard to see in the pictures), in order to cover the swan monogram that is Gloria Vanderbilt’s insignia. All of the original pants pockets are still usable, as the crocheted rectangles were sewn on by hand with sturdy quilting thread,or tacked on with vintage buttons in the back.

 

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Handmade Reconstructed Patchwork Apron Top of Vintage Laces

 

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This is a hand made deconstructed/reconstructed patchwork lace apron-style, top, made from vintage laces, vintage cotton eyelet lace, and a bit of satin, the upper edging is cotton crocheted edging, (made by myself), and the upper yoke is vintage, crinkled satin, stitched with random running stitches, it buttons in the back with a pretty vintage brass button, and a loop closure. The upper bodice ties halter style, and the bust is lined with a soft satin lining material. This is a very delicate piece but is well constructed, for durability. and the open back and halter style neck line makes the size slightly more adjustable.

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MARIE ANTOINETTE GARDEN TEA PARTY VINTAGE LACE WRIST CUFF

 

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This beautiful gauntlet/wrist cuff is made from a vintage, green and cream, cotton lace, with leaf and flower motifs, and a sturdy, White Chantilly lace from a vintage wedding dress, it is embellished with little pink ribbon roses, the lower edge is embellished with a moss green, free form, hand crocheted and beaded, bracelet with faux pearls, Australian crystals,glass beads, and malachite chips. It’s closure is a vintage rhinestone button, with hand made cotton loop. A ribbon is used to cinch in the lower arm corset style.
this cuff reminds me of Marie Antionette,and pretty little cakes, and fairies, and tea parties in gardens

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