With a self-timer and a tripod, Esther Boller, 15, takes fantastical pictures of herself in her hand-sewn threads for her blog, Esther From The Sticks. The sticks would be Indiana, where she lives and sews everything from vintage-inspired swimsuits (made from a sheet!) to Picnic At Hanging Rock frocks. We pick Esther to be the next big blog thing. In the meantime, the Titian-haired teen gave us a week of her shopping life.
Slip, $0.50, Goodwill
“I’ve been after a slip for a while, because some of my dresses are see-through. I found this one at Goodwill, but it went all the way down to my feet. So I had to hem it and then it was good to go.”
10 yards of jersey knit fabric, $10, Wal-Mart
“I love going to Wal-Mart to buy fabric. It’s really an inexpensive place to buy fabric; plus, the ladies who work there are nice. They were selling this fabric by the bolt; so, of course I jumped right on it. I’m always in need of jersey knit.”
Earrings, free, made by me
“I made these earrings from two buttons that I took off a bag that someone gave to me. It’s a great way to make your own earrings. If you ever have an old jacket you’re about to throw away, make sure you take off the buttons first, because you never know what you can make.”
Vintage tan leather shoes, $6, Goodwill
Indian-style beaded belt, free, made by me.
“I love vintage style shoes, and when I saw these at Goodwill I was pretty happy. I hand-beaded this belt using seed beads. It takes forever to make, but I always love the results. At first it was going to be a necklace, but it was too big so I decided to turn it into a waist belt.”
Raincoat, $4.50, Goodwill
“I love when Goodwill has sales! This raincoat was 50% off. It was love at first sight when I saw this coat. The bow in the back, the red and blue embroidery, just everything about it spelled L-O-V-E. I shall wear it every day of my life, well every rainy day at least.”
Printed cutout dress, $2, Goodwill
“I got this dress the day before at the sale but it was way too big for me so I had to sew it up. I love it when the backs are cut out on dresses. I think it looks really flattering and cute.”
1940s-style hair piece, free, made by me.
“I watched, The Notebook the other day and I loved all of the hair pieces the main character wore. So after I stopped drooling I decided to make my own. I took off some appliqué from an old dress that I had, sewed them together, and glued bobby pins to the back of it, and it was ready to go.