Choker necklaces have a long history in the fashion accessory world. They were worn as early as the First Century A.D. In the 19th Century, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom was said to have started a fashion trend for chokers when she wore one to cover a small scar she had on her neck. Since then they have drifted in and out of fashion like so many other accessories do. As of right now chokers are being featured prominently in stores and in fashion spreads in magazines.
Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett
Wisconsin farm boy, Bjorn Nasett has a career that spans 30 years. He enjoys being a writer, wardrobe stylist, vintage and resale clothing expert, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer! In his spare time he adopts senior dogs and strongly believes in pet adoption. Check out his website www.fashionfarmboy.com!
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Whenever I go to my local Goodwill store, I always check out the area where they put sewing patterns, scrapbooking and craft supplies. You just never know what you’ll find there to inspire you! Recently I ran across some colorful iron-on repair patches in different colors which were in a bin with other sewing items. Then I noticed some paper punches for scrapbooking. I got the idea that I could use a punch to cut out some designs from the iron on patches! Now, I just happened to have a star punch at home already, so I decided to use that. Stars are a great design because they transcend age and gender, and I thought they’d look great on a variety of items.
One of the biggest trends in fashion this year is the cropped top. Cropped tops are, of course, not meant to be tucked in, so they’re usually hemmed above the waistline so a little skin shows on the torso. After seeing so many examples during my time at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week while taking pictures at runway shows, I thought I’d take a stab at creating my own version to illustrate just how easy this trend is to adopt while using something you may find at Goodwill, or a blouse or top you already have in your closet. It’s really a simple project to do, even for those without any sewing skills. If you like this DIY, you may be able to achieve it your own way by using iron-on fabric bond to create hems like I will show here. If you don’t have an iron, well perhaps it’s time to get one! Or, perhaps you might trade a service or job to someone who could sew this for you. Bartering is just a great way to benefit both parties involved!