Friday, February 10, 2017

More From the Ladies Home Journal, February 1943

I would like to share a few more images from my February 1943 copy of Ladies Home Journal. (For fashion-related images from the magazine see this post.) Vintage magazines are so much fun to read through. The images I picked for today are all health and beauty related. Three of my favorite 1940s movie stars have ads in this magazine. Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth and Rosalind Russell. I've always wondered if they star who advertised products actually used them on a regular basis. What do you think?

It seems ladies in the 1940s worried about their weight too, just like many of us today.

How about this ad for nail polish? I find little things like this helpful when choosing make-up and nail colors for an authentic look.  I also appreciate that, given it's 1943 and WWII is in full swing, the ad features a female shop worker. Just because you're working in a factory doesn't mean you can't have pretty nails! Or so the ad would lead us to believe. ;)

Even this lovely lady, recently engaged, has her nails painted!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Victory Griddlecakes - From "The American Woman's Cook Book"

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Who likes pancakes? Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods. I've tried a couple different recipes over the years and the two I like the best are my mom's and the one I'm going to share with you now.

If you don't own a copy of The American Woman's Cook Book you need to. It's a great addition to any kitchen. Not only is it full of great recipes it's loaded with advice on meal planning, food prep, and more.

Here is the recipe for griddlecakes. And a few extras!

First gather your ingredients and your mixing bowl. I used a Pirex dish that belonged to my grandmother. I like this one because it's a small size and has a little pouring spout.

Your griddlecake batter should be nice and bubbly once it's all mixed.

Heat up your pan with some oil and pour!

Cook until golden brown!

Add a side of bacon and orange juice and you have a breakfast of champions!

If you try this recipe let me know how you like it!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ladies Home Journal February 1943

Is it February already? January seemed to fly by as I'm sure this month will too. I'm enjoying winter but around this time I really start to crave warmer days and spring colors. One of the things I like to do to fight the winter blues is to have some fresh flowers in the house, either in potted plants for flowers from the grocery store.

Today I'd like to share some images from my February 1943 copy of Ladies Home Journal. Over the weekend I pulled out my stack of vintage magazines and started flipping through them. Seriously, I have enough content to blog about for the next two years!

Among the many advertisements in this magazine was this one for fighting colds. Seems appropriate for this time of year. There were also several ads for makeup and skin care but I'll share those for another post.

It's interesting to see how much focus is put on encouraging people to "do your bit" for the war effort.  What a cute attic apartment. I'd live there now! Also I'd like to point out that we are currently painting one of the rooms in our house this color. But we picking the color long before I saw this picture. I do like the yellow and green combination so I'll be sure to work that into the room somehow.

And let's not forget the impact of the war had on fashions. Here are several pages dedicated to sprucing up the wardrobe you already have! I love that the colors on these pages are so fresh after all these years!

Do you have a favorite image from this post? What kind of content from vintage magazines are you most interesting in seeing in the future? Fashion, food, ads, health and beauty products, other kinds of articles? I'd like to keep this requests in mind as I go through my magazines.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1940s Rita Hayworth Inspired Hair Tutorial

I made a rambling video thing! Some of you may have seen it already, but if not be sure to check out my YouTube channel for my latest video. (scroll down to view) This is my first ever hair video so please be kind. It turned out much longer than I had planned but I hope some of you will find it helpful. 

Rita Hayworth - Source
The hairstyle in my video is inspired by Rita Hayworth and has become my go to style when I want a vintage look for everyday. I use a very basic pin curl set, I don't follow any real pattern. Though I do section off the front portion of my hair to make couple pin curls, normally 2 or 3, that are then brushed and pinned to one side. All my curls are rolled in the same direction just because I find it quicker to do so.

For the video, I set my hair using Garnier Fructis curl shaping spray gel for natural hair hair. I let the pin curls dry over night. My hair was slightly damp and I sprayed the gel onto each section of hair as I went. As noted in the video I will sometimes use LottaBody settle lotion, which for humid weather, I find has a stronger hold.

Here is what the hairstyle looks like when using LottaBody. I should note that I had been outside for several hours before this photo was taken. :)

Photo by Jim Gallagher
I would love to hear your thoughts on this video as well as any suggestions for future videos.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2016 Year in Review

Looking back at 2016, I can see my sewing plans were rather ambitious, perhaps a little too ambitious to be perfectly honest. I love planning projects, looking through my patterns and selecting the perfect fabrics and notions, but as many of you know, sometimes life just gets in the way and many dream projects never come to be. However, looking through my list of completed projects this year I am pleasantly surprised at how much I DID sew even if many of those thing were not included on my original 2016 Sewing Wish List.

OK, so what had I planned to work on this year? 

2016 Sewing Wish List
ALL THE 1940s PANTS! - Smooth Sailing Wearing History trousers and Simplicity 1306
Late 1930s Ike style jacket
Another 1940s hoodie
1930s/40s White linen dress or play suit
1920s Bathing suit
1940s Matching hat and bag
18th century silk gown
Revamp 1860s plaid cotton dress
Finish green stripe Regency dress, started oh so looooong ago
Bathing boots

An ambitious dream list to be sure! I've been itching to get back into historical sewing, and still am, hence the last couple of items. But with so few historical events in those eras to attend these days, those projects quickly took a back seat to other sewing, different projects and life in general. I took a look at the historical/vintage events I knew I would be attending and decided to focus on making/finishing things I would need for those.

So what did I complete this year?

Finished 2016 Projects

1940s White blouse to wear with my WAVES uniform
1930s Dress Simplicity 1945
1940s Red reproduction print dress Du Barry 2413B
Wearing History beach separates (here and here)
1940s Blue pants Simplicity 1306
Late 1930s brown linen skirt and matching bolero (seen in this post)
Long sleeve 1940s blouse
1920s-ish Bathing suit

I also made some good progress on my UFO pile. Mostly adding buttons and button holes to a couple blouses (Du Barry 5172), adding straps to my Du Barry 5296 skirt, finishing my 1940s red striped pinafore (McCall 5014), and putting the finishing touches on a few reproduction items for my Etsy shop.

Favorite makes and outfits from 2016 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7, 8, 9
I didn't get to blog about all my sewing projects and I haven't been able to get photos of them all. But that's OK, you will be seeing a some of them later on I'm sure.

Blogging and sewing-related highlights of 2016 include...

Starting a newsletter (You can sign up here!)
Creating my very own YouTube channel and posting my first couple of videos
I took part in the vintage Tea Cup Exchange
I got a vintage style hair cut for the very first time
I was a guest judge for 2 EvaDress Pattern sewing challenges (there is a new one starting in February)
I won $75 to Chronically Vintage's etsy shop
And to close out the year, my little blog was number 60 on the list of Top 100 Vintage Blogs!

Some of the vintage goodies I purchased from Chronically Vintage with my winnings.


This is completely unrelated to sewing but I started riding again and really look forward to riding more this spring when the weather warms up! Though riding in the snow is fun! This is Nicco, he's a 19 year Dutch warm blood. And at 18 hands, he's a big boy!

Well hello there!!
So what kind of things can you look forward to here in 2017? My main goal, other than more sewing of course, is to collaborate more with fellow bloggers. I already have a few things tentatively lined up but if you have ideas for guest posts, link swapping, etc. I would love to hear from you!
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