Thursday, December 30, 2010

true grit

Andy and I went to see the Coen brothers' True Grit remake the other day, and it was, as expected, wonderful. I have to admit, I can't recall seeing the original ever, so I can't compare the two films. But the cast, scenery, dialogue--everything about it is excellent! (And don't you love the artwork from the 1969 hardcover book?)

Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old and exceptionally determined heroine, is dressed mostly in men's clothing that is too big for her--clothing that is practical for the journey she is undertaking. She wears pants and a man's overcoat, belted tight, and a fantastic wide-brimmed hat.

I tried to find a similar hat on Etsy, and this one from LonesomeBrown (what a great name!) was close enough.

I didn't find much more clothing of that era on Etsy that reminded me of Mattie, but this amazing outfit from VeraVague does look like something the adult Mattie would have worn.

Speaking of which, I got all excited when I saw Mattie, near the end of the film, wearing a suit kind of similar to--and made from what looks like nearly the same fabric--as this cute 1940s suit in my Etsy shop.

I also have in the shop prairie boots of the same era--surely the same kind of boots Mattie would have worn--as well as a 1950s petticoat skirt that looks like it could hail from the Old West.

And please let me share with you a few more Etsy items that have that True Grit feel. Tooled leather belt from belovedvintage.

Pyrography carved wood frame, from MouseTrapVintage.

Antique photo of a most determined-looking girl, from PaperMoChez.

Old money receipts book, from nesstiques.

Vintage spurs, from pearlsvintage.

Neat old aluminum coffee pot, from AntoinettesWhims.



  1. I've been wanting to see that movie!! It looks great. Looks as though you captured the fashion essence of the movie here. I greatly appreciate you including the coffee pot among your wonderful Etsy finds.

    My mom (70) wears those wonderful wide brim hats, and men's tweed blazers with the leather elbow patches and a stunning brooch on the lapel. It's a great look! And she certainly has True Grit of her own!

    Thanks so much!

  2. I loved this movie! I want to see it again. I made a true grit treasury yesterday!

  3. I want to see it, but I feel like I'm betraying John Wayne a bit. The original True Grit was wonderful.
    I LOVE Mattie's hat. I could wear that. Great post!
    dahlila xo

  4. What a great theme! I loved the movie and your collection really captures the look and feel of the film. Have you posted this as a collection in Etsy Treasury?

  5. Thank you, Lauren! I actually did make a True Grit treasury--before I even saw the movie! I meant to link to it in my post but totally forgot. Here it is, missing a couple items now:


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