What! What is this junk? What happened to my impeccable thrift store taste!?! (Hee, hee-- yeah, right. I remember this dress I bought at Mission Thrift-- which will always be the best thrift store in the world-- to wear for a dramatic reading of Virginia Woolf's "Death of the Moth," and after the reading, I cut off the length and the sleeves, but didn't hem them... awesome. My mom yelled at me every time I wore that dress, and I cringe a little to think about how often I did.) Anyway, it's hard to see in this picture, but one of the purse straps is ripped, and the lining, which at first I thought was roses, is in fact leopard print, and there is something red and sticky all over the inside, too-- I'm really hoping it's candy. And there is also a frayed, faded, red hoody, not pictured. So yeah-- it is junk. But.... with a little bit of thread and some genius, I present to you...
Wait! Is that a genuine Harriet the Spy Tool Kit? You bet your sweet utility belt it is! The only thing I left off was the knife, because I didn't think it would be such a good idea to go onto campus with such an implement. I am dressing up as Harriet the Spy for Halloween this year, and even if nobody gets my costume, I don't even care (though I am wearing it to a party hosted by the Young Adult and Children's Services Librarians), because this utility belt is everything awesome in life. I might just take to wearing this everyday, so I can have everything I need right at my fingertips-- Blackberry's got nothing on this sweet set-up. I made it by hacking that hideous purse to pieces, sewing them into pockets, and sliding the various pouches onto that fab belt.
Here's a picture for comparison... I'll post one of my in full get-up the day of!