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Halloween Season at Goodwill- Shop Vintage Now!

Halloween Season at Goodwill- Shop Vintage Now!

It may be September, but our Goodwill thrift stores are ready for Halloween! Regardless of your costuming needs, this is one of the best times to search for vintage and vintage-inspired items! Many thrift stores save up costumes and vintage clothing specifically for Halloween season, […]

Apple Time!

Apple Time!

It’s apple season, and we’re just rolling in apples around here! Time for some apple crafts, starting with a suitable pair of earrings! I found some apple-shaped buttons and removed the button hole on the back using wire cutters. I glued on the backings and […]

1940’s Headscarf DIY

1940’s Headscarf DIY

Headscarves are a recent discovery of mine, as I love creating 1940’s looks, but have hair that is inappropriately short for the decade! (I also love snoods. Check out my diy here!) I failed, however, in my attempts to scarf my head until I discovered […]

Sewing Journey: Fit & Flare Dress

Sewing Journey: Fit & Flare Dress

You know those projects that end up being more involved and time consuming than you had planned and become an epic journey of learning, failing, and occasionally succeeding? My summer journey involved sewing- learning fundamental techniques while increasing my ability to sew from patterns. Although […]

Retro Beach Attire

Retro Beach Attire

During my 10 Decades in 10 Days Fashion Challenge, I experienced first hand what people may have worn during summers in the past. As I had two beach trips planned during the ten day period, I had to come up with beach-appropriate-but-still-vintage-inspired outfits! Needless to […]

Fashion Challenge: 10 Decades in 10 Days

Fashion Challenge: 10 Decades in 10 Days

As the title indicates, I gave myself an extended fashion challenge. For ten days, I would wear outfits inspired by the decades between 1910 and 2000. Realistically, I couldn’t aim for historical accuracy, as most of my “historical” clothing is homemade or thrifted. I also […]

The One Hour Dress: Day 2

The One Hour Dress: Day 2

As you may conclude from the title of this and last week’s posts, the vintage “One Hour Dress” pattern has required more time than its name would suggest. Since I have much to learn about sewing, I have chalked this and several similar projects up […]

The One Hour Dress: Day 1

The One Hour Dress: Day 1

One of my summer goals has been the improvement of my sewing-the-right-way-from-a-real-pattern-instead-of-winging-it skills. Accordingly, I researched patterns know for simplicity and raided my fabric stash. A week, many youtube videos, lots of clipped thread, and a certain amount of sweat later, I had learned a […]

Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama

Vacation is a state of mind, right? In that spirit, I’m busting out my favorite vintage mumus in all their bright, summery glory! I will be taking a little vacation time to visit family and friends, and hopefully allow a summer breeze to waft through […]

Summer Jewelry Projects

Summer Jewelry Projects

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite jewelry DIY’s! These are perfect for making your own summer accessories or creating gifts for others. (We love stashing a few supplies in our suitcases so we can craft on vacation!) Click the article title to see […]

Retro 4th of July

Retro 4th of July

Sometimes projects take you by surprise. I had another post originally planned for this week, with an outfit and photoshoot in the works. But then I spotted star printed fabric and a sailor collar on the Goodwill rack. I COULDN’T LEAVE IT THERE! A Providential […]

Modern Supplies, Retro Results: Vintage Fruit Jewelry

Modern Supplies, Retro Results: Vintage Fruit Jewelry

I love vintage costume jewelry! It’s fun; it’s blingy; and it’s often kinda wacky! One of my favorite styles to look for is novelty fruit jewelry! Although *adorable* vintage styles are easy to find online, they can be pricey! I challenged myself to make my […]

Summer Painting Projects!

Summer Painting Projects!

Summer is painting season! Time to refresh clothing, accessories, and gifts with a little color! We have rounded up a few of our favorite DIY painting projects, just in time for the warm weather. Click on the photo’s caption to see the full tutorial. Let’s […]

Retro Summer Favorites

Retro Summer Favorites

Here are a few of our summer outfit favs, most of which were thrifted or refashioned! Click on the photo’s caption to see the whole project. Thrifted style + summer sun = favorite outfits! Fashion Challenge: Peasant Skirt Ice Dye: Apartment Edition “Refashioned” Button-Up Shirt […]

Summer Jeans Makeover!

Summer Jeans Makeover!

Summer calls for easy DIYs and fun wardrobe refreshers! (If the project involves clothing you already own, even better!) Today’s project checks all those boxes with fun update for your denim! Time to get colorful, Jeans! As with most of my painting projects, I love […]

Don’t Rain on My Photo Shoot

Don’t Rain on My Photo Shoot

After the wettest “spring” in living memory, a theme has developed in my wardrobe- umbrellas! What can you do when you have a photo shoot planned and rain is forecasted AGAIN? Change your outfit, modify your travel plans, and bust out a retro umbrella, of […]

Mother’s Day Tribute: Grandma Style

Mother’s Day Tribute: Grandma Style

As our final Mother’s Day tribute, this week’s post asks the question, “What is grandma style?” Well, if you are lucky enough to have a fashion-conscious grandma who kept lots of fabulous pieces from the 1950’s, grandma style is pretty awesome! Lindee and I seized […]

Mother’s Day Tribute: Mom’s Gunne Sax Dresses

Mother’s Day Tribute: Mom’s Gunne Sax Dresses

This week’s Mother’s Day post honors none other than our Mom! Thank goodness she saved her awesome Gunne Sax Dresses from the 1970’s! This brand proudly took the prairie/medieval/hippy trends of the day to a whole new level! Since the dresses fit Lindee perfectly, she […]

Mother’s Day Tribute: Let’s Go for a Walk!

Mother’s Day Tribute: Let’s Go for a Walk!

In preparation for Mother’s Day, we are writing posts in honor of some fabulous ladies in our family! Today’s post takes us to one of our favorite wildlife preserves and honors true outdoor enthusiasts- our grandma or “Amah” and our Great Grandmother Mary! Amah took […]

Flower Accessories: Sunflowers!

Flower Accessories: Sunflowers!

We have been loving our DIY flower accessories! Today, we feature a throwback bloom popular in the 1990’s. You guessed it- sunflowers! Lindee designed these pieces to add a touch of 90’s grunge to otherwise girly accessories! Let’s first see how she made the hair […]

Flower Accessories: Bobby Pins

Flower Accessories: Bobby Pins

Inspired by this spring’s hair trends, L and I have been busy crafting our own DIY accessories! Check out last week’s tutorial for a vintage-inspired silk flower pin and hair clip set! This week, we are making use of the simplest of hair wear, namely, […]

Flower Accessories: Hair Clip and Pin

Flower Accessories: Hair Clip and Pin

To celebrate spring, we have been busy crafting bouquets of DIY flower accessories! I love this retro pin and hair clip set and have worn them several times since their creation! The pin was the perfect accent to the vintage hats I posted here and […]

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1920’s

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1920’s

Although the last to be featured in our series, hat patterns from the 1920’s were the first to spark my millinery curiosity! A quick search of Pinterest revealed many free patterns with accompanying dimensions and sketches of hat styles. The projects appeared to be quite […]

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1950’s

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1950’s

The more I dove into free vintage hat patterns, the more intrigued I became! After making the 1930’s/1940’s pattern shown in last week’s post , I chose a new style from the 1950’s! There was really no excuse to not try this pattern, as the […]

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1930’s-1940’s

Vintage Hat Patterns: 1930’s-1940’s

While scrolling through Pinterest, I became intrigued by pictures of vintage patterns. Many of these patterns had been originally published in old periodicals but were recently scanned and posted online! I decided to try some of these patterns to see if I could follow them […]

Vintage a la Thrift Store: 1960’s

Vintage a la Thrift Store: 1960’s

A huge advantage AND disadvantage to thrift store shopping is the fact that you never know what you will find! Sometimes you find exactly what you are looking for and other times no such luck… Of course, there are the days when you find something […]

DIY Painted Leggings: St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

DIY Painted Leggings: St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

I love seasonal clothing, but those cute holiday leggings always seem to be too expensive or the wrong fit! After much thought, I discovered a way to paint my own! Humble stretchy pants, prepare to become fabulous! I began by making my own stamp for […]

Fashion Challenge: Refashioned Sweatshirts

Fashion Challenge: Refashioned Sweatshirts

Every since their creation, my refashioned sweatshirts have been on regular wardrobe rotation! I enjoy their comfy style during both work days and down time! To make your own, check out the tutorials here and here for step by step instructions! Happy sweatshirt refashioning!!

Sweatshirt Refashion- Tie Waist Cardigan (with No-Sew Option!)

Sweatshirt Refashion- Tie Waist Cardigan (with No-Sew Option!)

Time for another sweatshirt refashion, this time a cardigan style with a belted waist! Since this design relies heavily on eyelets, you could skip the sewing steps if necessary! First things first, I obtained a men’s extra large sweatshirt. Unlike last week’s project, this new […]

Sweatshirt Refashion- Wrap Front

Sweatshirt Refashion- Wrap Front

The cold weather and shorter days have revealed the “hibernation phase” of my wardrobe. The only thing I really want to wear are sweaters, leggings, and baggy sweatshirts. Since baggy sweatshirts aren’t particularly work appropriate, I’ve made it my mission to transform the simple sweatshirt […]

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Polka dots and raindrops go well together. Today’s storm-brightening outfit comes courtesy of the fabulous Miss Heather whose fabulous mom wore this hat in the late 60’s to early 70’s. A big shout out, as well, goes to my fabulous grandmother who donated this dotted […]

Heart On Your Sleeve Stamped T’s and Cards

Heart On Your Sleeve Stamped T’s and Cards

Valentine’s Day is such a great excuse for crafting! In our last post, we made fun DIY gifts for our Galentine’s friends. Today’s post, however, is all about making your own holiday gear! I used a favorite paint stamping technique to give a plain T-shirt […]

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Nifty Gifties: Galentine’s Day Earrings

Here’s a simple DIY that’s perfect for making Galentine’s Day Gifts for all the awesome ladies in your life! To start with, gather cute little appliques and heart-shaped buttons. Next, check out our Flower Applique Earrings post for a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions. […]

Fashion Challenge: Leopard Print Love

Fashion Challenge: Leopard Print Love

Brittany and I have been eyeing leopard print items at Goodwill for quite a while. With a little encouragement from our favorite fashion magazines, we decided to embrace the trend! The Partners in Craft took a walk on the wild side… We soon realized that […]

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Thrift Store Style: Menswear Sweaters

Especially at this time of year, Lindee and I are on the hunt for thrift store sweaters comfy and cosy enough to counter the January blahs. On a recent thrifting trip, we made sure to search both the women’s AND men’s clothing sections! Some of […]

Year in Review: a Few of Our Favorite Moments!

Year in Review: a Few of Our Favorite Moments!

Happy New Year, Partners in Craft! While attempting to write a New Year’s post, I rediscovered some amusing photos from the archives! Here are a few of our favorite blogging moments! Summer Craftiness Update Fashion Challenge: Tie Dye Week Sweater-vember: Thrift Store Sweater Challenge Fashion Challenge: Vintage Blouses […]

Nifty Gifties: Quick Gifts to DIY!

Nifty Gifties: Quick Gifts to DIY!

Merry Christmas from Partners in Craft! In the spirit of the season, we proudly present some of our favorite Nifty Gifties! These crafts are perfect for last minute presents or for fun projects to make during your holiday break! Happy Christmas and Happy Crafting! 🙂 […]

Holiday Accessories: 1940’s Style!

Holiday Accessories: 1940’s Style!

Merry Christmas, Everyone! To celebrate, I’m sprucing up a refashioned dress with homemade accessories, just like they might have done in the 1940’s! I searched my craft store for vintagey silk poinsettias and holly, shoe clips, pin backings, hair clips, felt, and glue! I tackled […]

Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Here’s a fun and easy DIY gift for the young ones in your life! It’s even easy enough for crafty kids to make for themselves or for younger siblings! The main ingredients are yarn and pom-pom makers, and you know that I love any excuse […]

Vintage a la Thrift Store: 1930’s Holiday Edition

Vintage a la Thrift Store: 1930’s Holiday Edition

Fashions from the 1930’s are a challenge. For a long time, I assumed that most people dressed in hand-me-downs, like the orphans in the Annie musical. Turns out I was totally wrong. Times were tight, but there were some fabulous fashion statements made in the […]

Nifty Gifties Kids’ Edition: Felt Playsets

Nifty Gifties Kids’ Edition: Felt Playsets

While poking around in my craft stash one day, my inner child became inspired! Turns out I had all the random bits needed to create felt playsets for my nieces! Each playset is basically a miniature world that kids can customize and use for creative […]

Fashion Challenge: Vintage Ralph Lauren Sweaters

Fashion Challenge: Vintage Ralph Lauren Sweaters

We love a great sweater, especially when we find it at the thrift store! Finding a quality sweater second hand often means finding a piece from a great brand. If the item is high quality to begin with, chances are it will hold up to, […]

Plaid Dress Re-Fashion!

Plaid Dress Re-Fashion!

I will admit that this dress was a bit of a project. I attempted the transformation for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I loooved the fabric! Yellow plaid flannel?! Whoa! Secondly, and very importantly, the dress was basically free. I found it while sifting through […]

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Customized T-shirt are some of our favorite projects, and what better excuse to make shirts than our Blogiversary?! Yes, our blog has officially turned one! Cue the music and bring on the cupcakes! Make the fanclub shirts and wear them shamelessly! Wha-hoo! 🙂 In order […]

Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) […]

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Halloween is almost here! Today we are showcasing some of our favorite costumes from across the decades! Click on each photo to see the whole post and outfit DIY! Happy costuming, Everyone!

Costume Time: 1920’s Style!

Costume Time: 1920’s Style!

I used the think that 1920’s costumes were challenging to create. Over time, I have found that it’s very possible to turn thrift store garments into “mod” looks! Today’s post features some of our favorite 1920’s outfits and a range of crafting commitment. Bring on […]

Costume Time: 1940’s Style

Costume Time: 1940’s Style

With Halloween around the corner, it’s the perfect time to create vintage fashion magic! This month we will feature some of our favorite tutorials for turning thrift store clothes into old-time fashion statements! Wear them to a costume party or wear them everyday! Today’s post […]

1920’s Dress from Polo Shirt

1920’s Dress from Polo Shirt

I *love* re-fashioning thrift store staples into unique, historically-inspired outfits! Oversized polo shirts are ideal for such projects, since they are easy to find and are practically dresses already! With the addition of some coordinating fabric and elbow grease, my polo shirt will become a […]

Fashion Challenge: A Week of 70’s and 80’s Dresses

Fashion Challenge: A Week of 70’s and 80’s Dresses

I am always on the hunt for vintage dresses during my thrift store adventures! Only recently, however, did I notice a collection of dresses from the 1970’s and 80’s beginning to take over my closet. When I was gifted a box of additional dresses from […]

Apple Crafts

Apple Crafts

Apple harvest is underway, and I have been busy creating a “bushel” of fruity crafts! These projects use some of my favorite techniques from previous posts, but give them an apple twist! All of these crafts would be perfect for teacher gifts (show those teachers […]

Make A Statement: Painted Denim Jacket

Make A Statement: Painted Denim Jacket

Recently, I have been inspired by statement jackets and decided to paint my own as the perfect adition to my back to school wardrobe. This oversized denim jacket used to be my dad’s but he let me steal it from the coat closet. If you […]

Ice Dyed Curtains

Ice Dyed Curtains

Two of my best friends recently moved into a new appartment and needed some new curtains. I thought what could be more fun than tye dying them some curtains! My mom had saved some white cotton sheets and Brit and I had just tried out […]

Ice Dye: Apartment Edition

Ice Dye: Apartment Edition

Britt and I have a tradition of tye dying almost every year. This summer we decided to attempt it at Britt’s apartment… Instead of doing pots of dye on the stove or in buckets outside, we discovered ice dying, which was a new technique for […]