Monday, February 28, 2011

Slipping from vintage to antique

I have to admit that I watched the entire first season of Downton Abbey today..... It was on Netflix so I couldn't resist. I did clean and do laundry and take apart a dress while watching. Now I'm going to dream about beautiful 1910s fashion.

I love the hats! So big! So bold! When are hats going to make a come back!

Isn't this divine! Gold embroidery and fur!

The jacket looks like silk. An Asian influence perhaps?

I adore the blue and white dress.

I love the plaid number with the red details. Wish I could see the frong!

This lady is just gorgeous.

I did have a difficult time finding pictures from the show of the outfits I actually liked, but here are a few.

Lady Mary's blue shirt with the cute collar. I must find a pattern I can turn into this!

Cora's coat- I do have a pattern for this, but as it is already almost March, it'll have to wait until next year. :(

Lady Sybil's purple dress. I love the collar details and the buttons.

What eras have been inspiring you lately? Have you caught the Downton Abbey bug?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Brunettes have more fun

So I am definitely staying brunette, at least for a while. Here are some pictures of fabulous brunettes to keep me happy with my hair. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Scrap Happy!

Today was my monthly scrapbooking day at a coffee shop. A bunch of ladies get together and scrapbook all day. It's super fun and I love it. I was going to be sitting and crafting all day so I needed to be cute and comfy.

Sweater and cami: New York and Company
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: I've had forever
Belt: Cassie Stephens

I also curled my hair last night and it came out ok this morning. The far side is pulled back and I just did a little curl with my bangs.

Hope you all had a good Saturday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snoods, Belts and .... Prom Dresses????

So I promised photos of my two new belts from Cassie Stephens! I was so excited to get this package in the mail! Then I opened it and was even more excited.

EEK! Is this not the most darling packaging you've ever seen! I felt like it was my birthday or something. So, I opened my presents.

I choose two belts from Cassie's store. After seeing Solanah sporting a kitty belt, I had to get one of those. I chose a classy black and white one. I loved the lace and the fact that the kitty itself was reversible too! I also loved the bird belt too! The buckle is a gorgeous gray color with a great texture. The belt is red velvet on one side and a cute "learning to write cursive" print on the back.

I got snoods from Arthelia's Attic in the mail today. It just must be my week for mail! (Or last week was my week for shopping....) They came wrapped in pretty tissue paper just like my last one. I opted for a navy and a black one this go around as my purple one is a bit hard to match to things. I love these snoods as they are hand crocheted and just so much nicer quality than other snoods I've seen.

I love that Naomi adds bows! So 40s!

I also signed up for a local sewing challenge hosted by my school. It's a fashion makeover/unconventional material challenge. Here's what I picked up tonight to use as my building materials.

I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to make yet, but I'm thinking separates, hence the bringing home three dresses.

The off white dress is the one I grabbed first. I loved the lace and pearl details. I figured I could salvage it. Guess I'll have to do some sketching a la Project Runway. I'm pretty excited. I'm hoping to make a vintage inspired something but we'll see. The fashion show is March 19th.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Swing Dress Sew-along Progress

I am a bit behind on the Swing Dress, but that's ok. Here's what I got finished this weekend:

The back of the dress is attached!

Pocket under construction!

Hmmm.... my poor dress looks a bit sad on the hanger. I got supplies to make a duct tape dress form, but have yet to get around to it. Must get on that.

I have one more panel to attach to the front of the skirt and then I can attach it to the dress. Overall, the project is going very well. Working with the fabric has made me realize that it's a lot thinner than I thought it was... I think I should have underlined it. Guess I can always get a slip.

The reason I am behind on the sew-along is because I worked furiously over the weekend on my secret project. Alas, I ran out of the color thread I was using. This project has a lot of decorative stitching. Nothing too complicated, but it does go through a lot of thread. I was hoping to have it finished for Monday night's dinner out with the in-laws. Oh, well.

Here's sneak peak #2.

I'm hoping to have another youtube video up by the end of the week. (But I also have a paper to write....) I've also been doing some of the administrative paperwork type stuff to get my etsy shop set up. Hopefully that will be up soon as well!

Youtube of the Week: Getting a vintage brow

The shape of a person's eyebrows can greatly effect how they look. Check out this cute video by Casey that shows how she makes her brows look more vintage.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A hair raising dilema

After a mostly failed attempt at going red, I'm trying to decide what to do with my hair. My roots are starting to get quite scary.... :/

I really wanted my hair to get this color, but that is not to be. Red is just too high maintenance for me.

I was going to go back to my natural color and get a blonde streak in my hair a la Super Kawaii Mama or (as the book nerd in me likes to think) Polgara the Sorceress.

But after watching Iron Man 2 today, I would *love* to be strawberry blonde like Pepper Potts.

Or I could just go back to my natural color. In which case I'd probably get my bangs cut again.... or maybe not..... *sigh* To fringe or not to fringe would ensue again.

So what do you think?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Swing Dress Sew-along and what else I've been up to

Here is my swing dress so far:

I just adore this fabric! I decided to go for a contrasting waistband and ties to mimic a sash.

Top stitching! I'm not usually too good at this, but I've been practicing.

Wednesday, I went over to my friend Amy's house and we dug into her crafting gooddies and got crafting. I made two headbands, two hair clips and one broach. She had a lovely collection of ribbons and vintage buttons.

I also got a new toy last week!

Yup, it's an iPhone. :) I love my technology.

I also picked up this stylish plaid case for it. I figure if it gets too dirty, I can always recover it with some other fabric.

And here's a sneak peak of a project I've been up too. I hope to get it finished soon!

Looks yummy, doesn't it?

I also did a bit of shopping and should have some goodies to show you as soon as they arrive in the mail. :D

Have you been sewing or crafting or thrifting lately?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Faux Button Dress

Yay! I finished the faux button dress just in time for warm(er) weather! This is the last of my winter sewing projects so I'll be moving on to spring sewing soon! Anyways, here it is.

Dress: McCalls 5438 made by me
Shoes: DSW

I love that the buttons on this dress are purely decorative. It actually closes with snaps! So no pesky button holes to do.

I made these darling little buttons using Casey's tutorial. They were super easy and really cute. I did have a bit of difficultly with the small inside, but that's because I was using felt and it's pretty bulky. I also used Casey's tutorial for fixing sleeve ease, which was great! I have nice smooth sleeves instead of awkwardly poofy sleeves.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


So this week's youtube of the week may be a bit inappropriate as yesterday was Valentine's Day, but I adore the dress in this film!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pretty Baby: Fashion and Film

Twice a year, for Valentine's Day and Sweetest Day, my church has a dinner and a movie date night. It always features a black and white film and lots of yummy food. Now, I'm not usually a girl who gets into b&w films. Usually, I give up after just a few minutes, but who ever picks out the movies for our date nights always does a great job. This year we watched the hilarious Pretty Baby (1950) starring Dennis Morgan and Betsy Drake.

A lowly worker at a marketing company, Patsy Douglas (Drake) dreams of writing her own slogans and her hunky boss, Sam Morley (Morgan). One evening, she adopts a doll from a demolished baby display at work. The display was to impress Cyrus Baxter, a grouchy baby food giant, but had failed. Patsy wraps the doll up and uses it to get a seat on the subway as she'd seen a man give up his seat on the subway to a lady with a baby only that morning. On the way home, she explains to her neighbor that she named her "baby" Cyrus Baxter Douglas, after the baby food giant. Mr. Baxter, through his own series of mishaps, happens to be on the subway and over hears the conversation. Touched, he sets out to improve her station in life and give his advertising contract to Patsy's marketing company. But baby Cyrus is, after all, a doll. What ensues is a comic series of events that attempts to keep Mr. Baxter in the dark until the all important advertising contract is signed.

Besides being terribly funny, there are tons of hats in this film, particularly in the subway scenes. It's not in color, but that means you get to use your imagination.

The wardrobe has some jewels too. Patsy has lovely work wear and even gets to wear a nice evening dress, which I picture to be pink. I wasn't able to find a picture of it though.

Check out these darling promotion posters. See the second one from the bottom on the left? There's a peak of the elusive pink dress.

Anyways, I adored this film. It's full of great clean humor. Usually, I'm the only one in the room laugh at vintage humor, but this film had the whole room roaring through out. This is one I really have to track down somewhere.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Snood Challenge

Last night was my church's Valentine's Day Dinner and Movie. They always show an old black and white film. They usually pick a good one and the one last evening was quite funny. I suspect there will be a movie review soon and an outfit post. Anyways, I felt like going in full vintage get up-including my snood! My husband was not amused. So, we had a nice little discussion on the way over to church. And he gave me a challenge-find five ladies wearing snoods in the 40's styles and he'd wouldn't give me anymore grief about them being "Renaissance-y" (even though they did wear snoods then too) or just weird.

So here they are:

1. Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage

Brittany has many lovely outfit posts with snoods. She was the one who first inspired me to take the plunge and get one!

2. Ashley of Lisa Freemont Street

Ashley is another snood sporting gal. She already has a couple of snood style tutorials on her youtube with more to come!

3. Casey's Elegant Musings
Casey went as far as to make her own snoods! Too bad I don't need another hobby!

4. Solanah of Vixen Vintage

Solanah is better known for her adorable pincurls, but has been seen sporting a snood as well. Here, she has on a fine, evening style snood with several flowers.

5. Aya of Strawberry Koi

Although Aya has shorter hair now, here she is back in 2009 sporting a snood.

6. Syd of Golden Girl of the West

Syd lives in Arizona and often sports snoods in the summer to combat the hot, humid days. I suspect that I'll be following her example this summer.

7. Super Kawaii Mama

SKM is always glamorous! Here she sports a lovely purpley pink snood.

Note: Pictures are properties of the lovely ladies pictured in them. Click the link to see their posts featuring these snood-y looks.

And here are some vintage ladies sporting snoods as well.

Love the bow!

Girls rocking the power tools!

A snood looking classy.

So, what do you think? Are snoods a yay or nay? Do you sport snoods? Are there any snood sporting gals that you admire?