Another Old Dress

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I went to VinPrime again yesterday and found a few noteworthy vintage dresses that were MAJORLY on sale.

My favorite one, however, I paid full price for.  A whopping  ₩15,000.  That’s only about $13.00, so I felt like it was a pretty good deal.

This dress is from the 60’s or early 70’s.  Handmade, and gorgeously tailored.  I took some photos for you of the inside and the outside so that you can drool over the details with me!

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First of all, THAT FABRIC. Secondly, THESE BUTTONS!

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They were covered with foil when I bought the dress, which I have never seen before.  If you have any idea why the owner might have done that, feel free to comment and let me know.  I’m super curious.  Maybe just to keep them looking nice while it was cleaned?

The front buttons to the waist and then has a zipper that goes down about 7″.  At the bottom of the lapped front there is a snap, which has broken and I will need to replace.

All of the buttonholes are delicately bound.

Now let’s take a look at the inside!

The skirt lining  is secured to the dress by hand with tiny stitches.  The dress skirt itself is pleated in the front and back, but the lining is simply darted.

Here’s a look at the zipper:

And I love how the maker reinforced the shoulders!

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Bra strap holders are in place, which is uncommon (at least in my experience) in shirt dresses but super cool!

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Most seams are finished with pink bias binding.

But blanket stitch was used to finish the back yoke seam.

A simple hem.

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The lining back seam was machine stitched and then hand stitched before being pressed.  I’m sure this is a tailoring technique that I have not learned yet!

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All-in-all a lovely dress.  I can’t wait to wear it.  It needs a couple repairs–one button is broken (I will replace it with the button from under the collar, which I will not use and you will not be able to notice is missing), and then the snap that I mentioned above.  Once everything is fixed, I’ll be sure to take a photo or two of me actually wearing it!

Here are the other gems I found at VinPrime:

The “Trees and People” shirt:

70’s Tailored Dress with Yellow Buttons:

Cute go-go-esque dress, which looks like it’s from the 60’s:

Have you found any cute vintage garments lately?  Do tell!

Bessie

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Making The Perfect French Press

 

I’ve always preferred my French press to any other method of home brewing.  However lately I had begun to feel like my pots were lacking in depth.  This point was brought home in a big way when I stopped by my favorite local patisserie for a pastry and the most delicious French press that had ever danced around my taste buds.

I knew at that moment that I was doing something wrong.  I had to figure out how to make a French press like that.

So I went online and did some learnin’.  One thing I learned was that it is beneficial to help the wetting process along by giving your grounds and hot water a 20-30 second stir before letting your coffee brew.  I use a chopstick, and gently swirl the coffee until a lovely, yummy foam forms on the top and then cover and let brew.

The second thing I learned was that I was not brewing my coffee anywhere near long enough.

When I was younger, I worked at Starbucks for a bit.  It was a fantastic place to work, and I loved it.  However, I don’t believe they can be looked to as the best resource for coffee brewing expertise–at least not on every level.  I was taught that if you let your French press brew for any more or any less than EXACTLY 3 minutes, it would be ruined.  THREE MINUTES!  Three. Minutes. Period.

Turns out, if you let those grounds soak for 7-8 minutes, your coffee will taste amazingly better.

Today I took some pictures of my coffee making process, and without further ado I will share my little step-by-step Amazingly Awesome French Press Coffee tutorial with you!

Step 1: Beans, grind ’em.
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Obviously you want to use good beans.  I’ll admit, although I’m sure they are not the fanciest of beans, I absolutely LOVE Dunkin’ Donuts coffee beans.  Turn up your nose at me if you will–I’m not ashamed.

Anywho, put them in your grinding device (we use a Magic Bullet-type blender) and grind until your beans look about like grits.  In case you are not from the south and have no idea what grits are, here’s a good example:
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I use about 1/3 C of whole coffee beans per 4 C French press.  Some people like to use more than that.  I personally like a rich coffee that is not too strong or bitter, and 1/3 is perfect for me.  Feel free to experiment!

You can also grind the beans a bit finer, if you like.  However your coffee might end up a little bitter, and you might see a few grounds in it.

Make sure you take the time to inhale the intoxicating scent of freshly ground coffee.  Forget smelling the roses.  Smell the coffee, people. SMELL THE COFFEE.
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Step 2: Put the beans and water in your French Press

I had a helper this morning.  See above how he deftly demonstrates the emptying of the blender contents into the French press.  I then allowed him to pour boiling hot water over the grounds.

Just kidding.  I did that part.

I learned at Starbucks that boiling water was actually a little too hot for a French press, but have since read elsewhere that it is acceptable.  I haven’t noticed a difference when I use slightly cooler water, so boiling it is for me.

Step 3: Swirl, swirl, swirl!

Next, take a spoon or chopstick or something of the sort and give your coffee and hot water a few nice, slow swirls.  When a fine foam floats to the top (that is carbon dioxide escaping from the grounds), you’ll know it’s ready to start brewing.

 

Step 4: Let Brew
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Place the lid on top and set your timer for 7-8 minutes.  IMG_3406

 

Step 5: Plunge and enjoy!
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Gently press down the plunger of your French press.  Pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee.  If you have a delicious French pastry to go with it, all the better.

Oh, and I must share my awesome mug with you.  My sweet friend and sewing buddy over here bought this for me.

Do you like my little coffee “splash” on the counter?  Yeah, this is real life people!  Sometimes you spill a little coffee.  And that is ok.

What type of coffee brewing method do you employ?

Bessie