Behind the Scenes

Peace of Me

December 1, 2011

I wrote about Paz aka “Pacita” before. A close family friend (almost granny’s cousin), she gifted me her old sewing machine. My great-grandma taught her to sew, and the student surpassed the master. She was the shizzle, a bias cutting master! All the socialites of her time lined up outside her workshop with loads of fabric. It feels so surreal to even type this, but Pacita passed away a few months ago, and I was handed down many of her sewing supplies and half-finished projects.

vintage buttons

Cutesie vintage buttons and studs.

Vintage sewing supplies

A jacket needs these buttons smacked on it RIGHT NOW.

vintage sewing supplies

She kept her things neatly in whisky tin boxes. Whisky. How cool is that?!

Vintage trims

 Tons of lace and trims. SO. FRIGGIN’. PRETTY.

Vintage fashion catalogues

Catalogues with plenty of funny looking haircuts and vintage inspiration. Strips of fabric are still stapled to whatever style her clients were asking for. So much fun to see!

Vintage sportswear catalogue

I’m thinking A.Wang (mostly SS’10) with all these sporty silhouettes. Suddenly I’m in the mood for some mesh!

Fashion moodboard

A stack of vintage fabrics with abundance of texture and shine, my cup of tea. Spot Chloe Sevigny? I’m in love with the woman.

I thought I’d never dare use these precious heirlooms, but I think it’s about time I make justice to her legacy! Wish me luck, I’ll need it. I will miss Pacita with all my heart and really appreciate all these wonderful things she’s left me. I’ll make sure to post about what I come up with!

Paz= Peace, in Spanish

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  • różowa szminka December 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful buttons

  • chulala December 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    gr8 post as alwys

  • Belinda December 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Buena suerte! 🙂

  • rouli December 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    love all these:)

    kiss dear

  • Nina December 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Pacita, esta en la Gloria! <3 Suerte con tus nuevos proyectos amiga!!! :0 I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!!! besos!

  • etoilee8 December 4, 2011 at 12:31 am

    In the US, you can get really great vintage fabrics and buttons at estate sales. (That’s where I get mine).

  • Loren December 5, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Thanks for your comment Fabi! Love all these hand-me-downs. I’m sorry to hear about Pacita, but you definitely do have to carry on her legacy with your talented designing and creating. xx

  • Ab·bie [ab-ee] December 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

    What a beautiful gift…you will do amazing things with those treasures…she would be proud 😉

  • kimiko December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Amé los botones, también compré unos así, 🙂 PEro sólo para transformar una camisa, porque no sé coser. ^^ Se ve que crearás cosas divinas 😉

  • *Glam Chameleon* December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Such a treasure u have here, I would like to see what beautiful things u will make!:) Great style and blog btw! kisses
    Jelena (

  • Patti G December 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    what an amazing inheritance!!

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries December 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    great inheritance, love those buttons!

  • Stella December 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful pics!

  • The Weekenders December 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Fabi! We are so sorry for Pacita and hope u r ok. We r sending u our best wishes, all our support and a huuuuge fat kiss from The Weekenders!! smack!

  • Aldo Marcucci January 17, 2012 at 5:33 am

    i’ve seen that cute pink tulle headband before!! i’m glad you still keep it <3 your posts keep on getting better!!!