The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 23, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL FASHION )98 Aft VINTAGE CLOTHING LEFT: Janice Forouzan, owner of Legacy Vintage Emporium In Knoxvllle, Tenn., says she always wears something vintage, even If It's Just a hat or Jewelry. BELOW: Forouzan's store carries accessories to enhance the clothing and hats on display. She says Jewelry is a big seller. Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Bringing back yesteryear Vintage clothing shop sells memories as well, owner says \ByKRISTIL.CRISTY I -' Scripps Howard News Service ; "W^-NOXVILLE, Tenn. — >. m£ Legacy Vintage Empo'"< M^k rium is a place where C'JK. ^^ eras cross. A beaded •':' evening gown from the 1920s keeps company with kitchy Hawaiian hula girls and wooden Chinese checker boards. Every inch of wall and floor space is ; crammed with something that's V guaranteed to bring back memories to someone. Owner Janice Forouzan remembers when some of the items she's selling were in her own home. When she opened her ; shop three years ago, she emp- • tied her house to stock the store. "I brought in everything I : owned, and it took up one little " : corner of the shop," Forouzan said. "I sold everything I owned except for one lamp, a coffee table, one chair and one painting when I opened. And even now, every now and then I'll start taking stuff home, but then I'll hit a dry spell and can't find -' anything unique, or collectible, or fun, so I'll start bringing stuff from home." It works for Forouzan's customers, who never seem have trouble finding unique, collectible, fun items, in her store.' In fact, it's hard to imagine the store with a bare wall, without racks and racks of vintage clothes, tables of dishes, shelves of old souvenirs and trunks of goodies to sort through. Shop's wares goofy, fun "Most of my stuff is from the '50s, and that was a period of optimism," Forouzan said. "After World War II, everybody was optimistic, and the things I find ; are optimistic: bright and color> ful and goofy and fun." Those words could describe .'her emporium, as well as the If you don't want to wear vintage from head to toe, treasures from yesterday can jazz up your own more modem wardrobe. Try these tips from Scripps Howard News .Service. • Have a hat: Hats are back in fashion in a big way -r funky fedoras for a fun day butor pretty pillboxes with gloves- for more special occasions. Try several types td:find a style that suits you. . • Get some Jewelry: 7 Whether ifs fun charms, from the '50s or fine faux pearls from the '40s, unusual jewelry adds interest to any outfit. "I sell a lot of jewelry," said Janice Forouzan, owner of Legacy Vintage Emporium in Knoxville, Tenn. "Everybody wants to be an individual." ' • Consider coats: Men's vintage suit jackets are in style for men and women, but that's not the only way to go. Women's dress coats from bygone times are different and elegant for dressy occasions. . • Score a scarf: It's a versatile accessory. Knot it around your / neck, tie it around you; waist qr drape it over your shoulders and secure it with'an firiticjui'scarf clip. ' » Slip Into a suit: 'There's nothing like a good tailored suit," Forouzan said. She suggests the 1930s and '40s, an age of elegance. And remember, Forouzan said, just because yqur blouse is '' from the '50s doesn't mean your hat and shoes have to match Usage. Tor me, that takes the fun out of it," she said. "Ifs like you're doing a stage play or something. I wear,vintage clothing because I enjoy it, and I've always got on something." way she looks at it. "When I named the shop 'Legacy,' " Forouzan said, "I was reading a story in the paper about this high-falutin', snobby woman who was telling that her legacy from her grandmother was black pearls from such-and- such, worth thousands. And I thought, well, my legacy would be a coconut monkey ashtray." Forouzan's legacy might be her love of vintage clothes. She started wearing them as a teenager in Mobile, Ala., in the 1950s, where "they had the Mardi Gras and a lot of old money," she said. "You could go into thrift stores 25 years ago and just buy stuff that would make your eyeballs pop out now," she said. "The very first time I went into one, I found a full-length, black velvet opera cape with rhinestone poodles. Of course, I was hooked. That's where I spent every Saturday of my life, in a thrift store." Forouzan and her friends had theme parties based on old movies, or Marx Brother parties, or Carmen Miranda parties. "We grew up watching these old movies," she said. "Fifth Avenue apartments, drinking martinis and these fabulous clothes. We'd go into thrift stores, and the guys would get tuxes with tails, and we'd get '20s evening gowns ... They were a lot more fun than parties today, I think. A 'Brady Bunch' party just doesn't compare to an 'I Love Lucy' party." About 10 years .ago Forouzan started seeing less of those old clothes, so every time she came across a good piece she'd buy it, later trading for things she wanted in vintage and antique stores out of town. Eventually, she was selling her finds from a room in a now-defunct boutique. When it closed, she decided to open her own shop. Cleaning, repairing needed Getting the clothes repaired and cleaned is a big part of her job. "If I go to somebody's house and buy 40 pieces, there's probably two or three pieces that I could come right back here, steam, hang up and sell," she said. "The other ones have to be cleaned, and when you clean them, sometimes they fall apart. Some of them can't be repaired. Sometimes the buttons fall off, or the seams under the arms, the thread falls apart, or sometimes where there was a stain, there will be a hole." It's a gamble. Still, she manages to keep the racks full enough to draw those dressers looking for something different to wear — or something that they wore before. "I'd say about half of my customers are college age, but you'd be surprised at the older people who come in and buy stuff," she said. "I have some customers in their 60s and 70s that you would think would not come in and buy something old. It amazes me." Many of her best customers, she says, are between 35 and 45 because "they don't care about trends. They know what looks good on them, and they know vintage clothes have a quality you just don't find on the rack." >L TFOOTWEAR Working women shun high heels tBy The Associated Press 5 NEW ORLEANS — Working women are walking [away from high heels. ' • According to a survey taken for foot and ankle surgeons, the younger women are, the more likely they are to work in flats — or even athletic shoes. ; ''Twenty percent of all women now wear sneakers to work," said Dr. Michael Bowman, chairman of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society's shoewear committee. And that's to work and for work — not just wearing sneakers on the street and changing to heels in the office. As a result, Bowman said, he is seeing fewer young women with serious foot deformities. For decades, women have had the vast majority of foot operations for problems such as bunions, hammer toes and pinched nerves. The reason: high-heeled, pointy-toed, narrow shoes with a soul of fashion rather than a sole of 'comfort. , "That's why I'm developing a bunion now — years '- of abuse to my feet," said Madeline Bobbin, a secre- itary at IBM's New Orleans office. ( She's held jobs where she thought of stiletto-toed •high heels as de rigueur. She won't wear those again, she said. 1 For one thing, secretaries' jobs are not what they ;once were. "Very few of us have the luxury to sit at a idesk with our legs crossed all day," Bobbin said. These days, her standard work shoe is a 1-inch pump. Friday she wore it in gold. "I have this same (identical shoe in taupe and black and navy," she said. i Nicki Cain, a 38-year-old information technology [specialist in the same office, wore a shoe with a wide <lnrinch heel and round toe. Dressier outfits call for T SEW SIMPLE Color-blocked pants outfit gives long line EUNICE FARMER King Features Dear Eunice Farmer: I would like to make a color-blocked pants outfit, but the ones I see tend to make me look heavier. Is there a pattern that will still give me a long line, even though I would like to combine two colors? — Nan K. Dear Nan: I have selected a simple pattern that gives you a long line because the high ygke is the only contrast. Look for Butterick 5547, sized 8-24. The pattern also features a shell, pants, skirt and a choice of sleeve lengths. Keep the lighter color at the yoke, or you may use a print'instead or contrast the upper ^ part of the sleeve. This pattern is easy to make, and it's perfect for summer. Dear Eunice Farmer: N6 matter how hard I try, or how many techniques I use, I simply can't avoid puckered seams! I notice that many other women wearing synthetic fabrics have the same problem. Is there a solution? — Katie C. Dear Katie: I have talked to many sewing educators, and they all agree that most of the trouble lies with the thread you use on synthetics. Don't use polyester thread for these fabrics, use mercerized cotton thread, size 50 or 60. The Swiss thread by Mettler is a long-staple fiber cotton. It works like a miracle on all fine fabrics such as silk, cotton and synthetics. Another tip to remember: Don't fill the bobbin too fast. If you do, the thread will stretch, and when it relaxes, the seams draw up, causing puckers. It's important to use the same thread in your bobbin. Dear Eunice Farmer: I remember that in one of your columns, you gave the name of a sewing book that was very up-to-date and informative. Could you please give us the name again? — Linda P. Dear Linda: I think the best sewing books are published by Singer Sewing Reference Library. They are easy to follow, have wonderful pictures and cover the most minute details. Begin with "Sewing Essentials," a great book for any skill level. I can guarantee that if you get this one, you will be hooked and want the entire library. If you can't find this book in your local stores, send $20 (includes postage and handling) to Eunice Farmer, P.O. Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. Seam ripper winner Winner of the lighted seam rip- Pattern: Butterick 5547 per and needle threader, for the sewing tip of the week, is Eugenia Kendall of Albuquerque, N.M. Her tip: "I zigzag hems of tuck-in blouses to avoid a bulky line at the hem. I also put snaps instead of buttons on the lower part of the blouse, so there's no more show-through from the right side!" \rtfulParties ' & Events • Arches • Balloon Bouquets • Columns 827-8448 921 Shallow Dr. behind Southgate cmrnuiMtoi Dairy Queen ""Salina Journal 12 packs 3 29 * Ocean Spray 16 oz. Si liters 1820 S. 9th Street Salina, KS Prices good through May 26'" Daily 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pin The Mighty m I1VAL The Associated Press Margie Klngsbery, a paralegal, poses with a shoe from a pair she keeps under her desk. She said this type of shoe goes better with dress pants, but boots go well with her Friday dress-down look. different shoes. "But that only happens once or twice a year, because none of the clients are dressing up anymore." f Carnival open at 5 p.m. on WED, THU, & FRI NOON on SAT, SUN & MON Gibson Store Parking Lot May 20-25 $10 Ride Wristbands with this ad (Reg. $12) SAT • Noon-9 p.m. SUN - Noon-9 p.m. MON - Noon-9 p.m. One discount coupon is required for each wristband purchase.

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