Vintage Style #24: DIY Style

Lap robes are fine, but they've got nothing on the Snuggie.  One of the rare occassions on Retrospace where the modern era trumps the vintage.

n.1.(noun) A fictional asexual animal in the Star Trek universe.

You'll note that nowhere in this definition does it state that they can be used  as head wear.

I'm diggin' his wide collar, burns, and jewelry, but someone needs to explain to him about 'personal space'.  Jesus, this awkward.... let's move on to the next one, shall we?

This one was written by a woman named 'Babs", so you know it's going to be good.  Also available: Sacra-Mates for Catholics.

It makes me sad to think that people in their twenties and under will never know the thrill that is the sound of opening a pop-top.  Before the whole "litterbug" thing became an issue, I remember the sidewalks being covered in these things.  The Buffet song about stepping on a pop top and cutting his heel is pretty damn accurate.  In most places, you couldn't step two feet without either landing on a cigarette butt or pop top.  It's only natural that somebody would come along and try to do something useful with these nuisances.... although, wearing them was a bit of a stretch.

Awesome. I want his and her sweater vests with dystopian scenes of urban decay. 

Don't laugh. Jeans were a big thing in the seventies - the result of mainstreaming a counterculture fashion. It wasn't until the late seventies that the name-brand became an important part of denim pride.

... and here's a few more for good measure. I look forward to reading your comments!


  1. I might have said so in another Needlework A-Go-Go post but I guess I can say it again: I went through a big crafting phase when I was younger and it seems everybody on crafting I found in the library was from the seventies with the big collars and the long, feathered hair and suede and macabre and...yeah, that's not a bad thing but I remember wondering why that was.
    "He-She Jewelry"? Why not "Unisex"? Calling it 'he-she' is kind of an...unfortunate name O_o

  2. I prefer lap throws to Snuggies. At least they don't look like cult robes. People in Snuggies look like they drank the Flavor Aid.

    I have some old beading books from the 70s for jewelry making. I had to adapt the one pattern I used so far for working with wire instead of thread. If you'd like, I could scan some of them for you and send pictures of what I've made.

    As for the man in the jewelry book above. I can't help but think they're both so turned on by their homemade necklaces that they're about to get it on. That's why he's so close and she's happy about it.

  3. Oh, and BTW, you're missing some of the best stuff from Pop-Topping. Like the doggy chain mail.


  4. Jami, the people on the Pop-Topping cover are also members of that same cult. Man, they looked freaked out.

    I always wondered where they found the pop top chain they had in the basement on That '70s Show.

  5. I suppose with no internet and only a handful television channels, people had to do SOMETHING to pass the time.

  6. You should do something on the DIY home improvements of the 1970s.

    I have the entire Time-Life Home Improvement series they used to sell on TV in the 1970s. Some of the stuff in that is awesome. It's the home-building equivalent of a macrame vest.

  7. @Anon - Well, they did have the whole casual sex before the age of AIDS thing going on. So maybe this stuff was for the virgins?