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!

Monday, January 16, 2017

One Last Holiday Outfit

The last of the holiday decorations are finally packed away. I know Christmas was a few weeks ago but I wanted to share one last holiday outfit. I took these photos the same day as my last holiday outfit post. This is the sweater and pinafore I was wearing under the coat in those photos.

I had plans to make a special holiday dress but never got around to it. I actually pulled the fabric out a few days before Christmas and looked through my sewing patterns but felt completely uninspired. Does that ever happen to anyone else? Perhaps I'll revisit the fabric this summer and sew something then, we'll see.

I took a look through my vintage wardrobe and was surprised at the combination of Christmas-y outfits that could be created using the few red, white and green items I own! I have more red than I thought, lol! Anyway, as you can see I settled on my red and white striped 1940s pinafore and a green sweater. Add some green shoes and a few red and green accessories and voila! The pinafore looks a bit different then when I styled it with blue and white accessories as seen in this post.

Putting together this outfit made me realize how versatile a pinafore can be. I think I'm going to need to make another! Two things I really like about this particular pattern are the pockets and removable bib which attaches with buttons to the waistband.

This was also a good opportunity to wear my red retro seamed stocking from What Katie Did. They are a little more opaque and have much more stretch than my vintage ones. My one complaint is the little gap between the end of the seam and the colored point. I thought at first this was a manufacturing defect but my pink seamed stockings are the same way. Ah well, still love the pop of color!

As most kitties do, Miss Ava (also known as Miss Fuzzy Face) likes to be involved when there is something going on!

Outfit Details
Sweater - Gift
Pinafore - Made by Me, McCall 5014
Stockings - What Katie Did
Shoes - Ebay
Lip color - Victory Red from Besame

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