Hot! It’s all about the Bakelite!

Fabric: Rayon from stash, originally purchased at Poppy fabric in the 90’s
Pattern: American Weekly
Year: Late 40’s
Notions: Zipper from stash, hook ‘n eye
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Oh yes!

Total price: It’s been so long I just don’t remember, probably less than $10

What’s worse than not having fabulous bakelite bracelets? Not wearing them!! I have many, acquired through years of careful purchases, along with buckles and buttons…all just sitting in carefully organized boxes, waiting to be incorporated into some amazing outfit. There was no question as to WHAT accessories to use, the dilemma was WHICH specific ones.

I’m a red girl, if its red it’s in : ) I bought the gold to mix with the red but when I found this piece of fabric at the bottom of a box in a crumpled paper bag it just seemed ‘right’. Gold bakelite bracelets mixed with the carved black, round gold belt buckle and carved earrings made the PERFECT accessories! The skirt was so easy I may just make a few more. I left the buttons off the front figuring I had enough going on with my plastic jewels.

Now if I can only incorporate some of that red bakelite into my workday wardrobe…



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Your skirt is great, clean and stylish. I really love your Bakelite! I’m always so happy to see other people collecting it too. Sadly I do the same thing with mine and forget to incorporate it in to my wardrobe more often, but when I do it’s joyful!

    I hope your next SW outfit sports a little Bakelite!

  2. That dotty gold stuff was just waiting to be accessorized!

  3. I love bakelite – the colours are so striking and your skirt gives them the perfect background to show off.

  4. Love the bakelite, love that you have had fabric unused for 20 years like me! Let’s use it I say! Great skirt

  5. That fabric is crazy awesome! And your Bakelite bracelets- I covet! And had never heard of them before. What a cool accessory :D

  6. Love this look! I only wish I had bakelite to take inspiration from. You look divine :)