Retro Swimwear, JoAnn Fabrics Discounts and Julia Roberts Sews

Posted by on Jul 05, 2011

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Summer is undoubtedly here, which means that bathing suit season is now well upon us. But not to worry, ladies, because this year’s hottest swim trend is one we can all get behind: Vintage swimsuits. Well, okay. So some of us are skeeved by the idea of wearing someone else’s old suit (no matter how many decades have passed), but many others see it as just like any other vintage item. If you’re in the former camp, you can still get in on the trend thanks to a spate of companies and handmade artisans offering vintage-inspired swimsuits. Our favorite? Frankie Four, the label behind this adorable bikini.
For more vintage-inspired swimwear brands (and how to wear retro swimsuits), check out this article from NWSource.

Julia Roberts learns knitting and sewing
Julia Roberts Gets Crafty

She’s always one of the first celebs named whenever the inevitable “Hollywood Loves Knitting” article appears. But now it seems like she’s moved onto a new crafty hobby: Sewing. The A-list actress recently purchased a sewing machine and is teaching herself the basics.
Read more about Julia Roberts’ new hobby at NDTV.
Jo-Ann Fabrics gives college students discount
Jo-Ann Fabrics Hearts College Students

Going back to school in September? (Or still look like your college I.D.?) Then you get 15% off your purchases at Jo-Ann Fabrics through July 30th. The search for our old I.D.s begins now.
Find out more about Jo-Ann’s college student discount program at Business Wire.
Woman sews and repars flags
Modern-Day Betsy Ross

84-year-old Sally Kushman of Aberdeen, South Dakota sews 200 flags a year. She’s been sewing since the 1940s (starting out on a foot-powered machine) but only started working with flags recently. And here’s something you probably didn’t know: It’s perfectly fine to mend and repair a flag, as opposed to the more popular thought of just retiring them.
Learn more about flag repair at The Aberdeen News.
yarn-bombing exhibit
Yarn Bombing, The Exhibit

Are you in the Santa Monica, California, area? Then head to the 18th Street Arts Center for the exhibition “Yarn Bombing the 18th.” On display are trees wearing sweaters, knit flowers and doorknob cozies, amongst other sights. But hurry, the exhibition ends July 9th.
See more about “Yarn Bombing the 18th” exhibition at the Arroyo Arts Collective website.

Image credits (from top): Julia Harmsen Photography,,, John Davis and

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