Friday, March 30, 2012

50s Casual

 Today I rocked the 50s casual look for class/hanging around the house.

Top: me made
Jeans: Lee @ Kohls
Scarft: thrifted

I'm super excited about these jeans. My old pair of modern jeans were on their last leg so I found this pair at Kohls. I wasn't particularly looking for a high waisted pair since they usually fit terribly but I slid this pair on and they fit great! Untucked, they look very modern and tucked the look a bit 50s especially when I roll up the legs to capri length.

I love my 50s back button blouse! I need like 5 or 6 more in my wardrobe!

I wasn't too bright last night and didn't set my hair thinking I could do it today. Normally that wouldn't be a problem but I'm running low on bobby pins (seriously, do they grow legs and walk away??) and had to do mostly sponge rollers. After quite a bit of finagling, I got them all up under this cute vintage scarf.

I have a feeling that this simple look will be a summer staple!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fashion and Flim: Sabrina and Sabrina

One of my favorite movies of all times is Sabrina. I adore both the 1954 version starring Audrey Hepburn and the 1995 version starring Julia Ormond. Each has bits that I like better than the same bit in the other version and  I never can decide which one I like better so I just love them both. I had planned on doing a comparison type post but, alas, photos from the 1995 version are scarce so it's more of a hodge podge than anything else today.

Ah, cooking school in France! Juila works in Paris in the fashion industry, which makes her transformation a bit more logical but who would just absorb fashion and poise living in Paris!

 Post-Paris in a sharp 90s suit and hat!

Post-Paris in a great black suit and hat and puppy! I want Audrey's  hat so bad!

I love Audrey's boating outfit! She so great because she can rock a plaid button up shirt and shorts just as easily as the ballgown of your day dreams.

I'll take these earrings too!

One thing I dislike about the 1954 version is that it's in black and white and I so want to know what color all of the costumes are in! I was super excited to stumble upon the boating outfit in color!

Julia rocking another suit. And Harrison Ford-yummy! I love him so much more as Linus than Humphrey Bogart (especially after I learned that Bogart did not like Hepburn.).

And one can't talk about Sabrina without this dress! Divine! Casey of Elegant Musings made a blue and black version of this dress and it's gorgeous!

I never can decide if I like this hat or not. Oh, to see it in real life!

I love Julia's short, curly do!

Hepburn and Bogart backstage. I love candid shots. I made a version of this dress.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

50s short hair for summer

 I'm getting my haircut this weekend and it's going to be short! I've been wrestling with whether to keep growing it out and getting a middy or something or chopping it off, I've decided to chop. While I won't be going near as short as last time, I really am happiest with short hair. I hate my hair long when it's not been styled vintage and I just don't do vintage everyday. You guys just get most of the vintage-y days. ;) I also miss all of my cute 50s style hair dos and hats so short hair, here I come!

I'm not a fan of the hair cut on this lady but some of the surrounding illustrations are tres cute!

I adore vintage patterns for hair and accessory inspiration.

And short hair is divine for summer!

Knitting patterns are also great for hair inspiration as they often feature live models.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Laptop update

My poor laptop did indeed die this weekend. It won't turn on at all. :( I did manage to save most of my important documents and such as my computer was nice enough to give me some warning that the end was near. One bit that did get missed was all of my Downton Abbey pictures that I'd collected for Dressing Downton inspiration posts. :( Hopefully one of my technologically minded friends can retrieve it for me!

It looks like I'll be getting a Mac though! :) Please bear with me as I wait for my new laptop to arrive and handle the pc to mac switch.

Hope you are having a happy Monday and I'll leave you with some 1950s beach wear photos. 42 days till Disney World!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vintage and Knitting

I finished another knitting project from A Stitch in Time Vol. 2! I decided to go with something a bit more simple this time around and knitted a beret! I wasn't exactly thinking about what I could wear this with when I picked out my color of yarn but it happens to go great with this vintage dress.

This dress is something I haven't been able to fit into for a while but I put it on this week and it makes me feel amazing! No supportive undergarments needed.


I just pinned the beret onto my curled and brushed out hair and it looks super cute.


This pattern called for the hat to be knitted flat and then sewn up the back. My back seam was really ugly but the bow covers it nicely.


It was quite simple to knit up. Just knit stitches and the decreases made a lovely swirl pattern on the top.

And can I just say that it is really hard to photograph the back/top of your own head!

I hope the weather cools off so I can wear this beret again before summer hits. (It's knit out of wool.)

My computer has been acting really weird the last couple of days and I think it may be on it's last leg. I'm going to try and use it as long as it will last but if I disappear for many days, it probably kicked the bucket. I get facebook on my iPhone so feel free and pop over to my facebook page to stay up with all things Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunshine and Hair Cuts

My computer was acting up this morning but I did get it working finally so today's youtube video could come up! Woohoo! This tutorial is on faking a middy haircut if you don't have one. I'm planning on getting a middy in the not to distant future so I definitely wanted to get this video done before then.

I've also been awarded the Sunshine Award by Mommy en France who blogs over at Two Little Cabbages & cie. Thanks dear!

And here are the questions that go along with the award.

 Favorite color: Generally, I like green. Right now I'm loving mint, coral, teal and Tangerine Tango. Really depends on my mood though.

Favorite animal: Cats! 

Favorite number: not sure I have one

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Diet cherry soda (It's really abut all I drink aside from water.)

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook. I don't even have a twitter account!

My passion: I have many-vintage, fashion, reading, writing, sewing. I tend to be very opinionated about things and either love it or hate it.

Getting or giving presents: I like giving presents if they are good presents. Giving people generic type presents is no fun and it usually means you don't know them very well and (at least for me) doing it out of social obligation rather than because you really want to. My husband is hard to buy presents for so I always get excited when I find him something nice!

Not going to lie though, I like getting stuff too. ;)

Favorite pattern: Anything by Wearing History and also the circle skirt pattern available from Casey's Elegant Musings

Favorite day of the week: Any day when I get to sew. Also days with nice weather. Right now: Wednesday and Fridays since I don't have to be in lab and can wear cute things.

Favorite flower: Roses and Hydrangeas

I'm supposed to pass it on to some blogs. It's too hard to choose, so I won't. Instead, I'd like to pass it on to all of my readers because you all bring sunshine to my life! I love each and every single one of your comments. Thanks for reading! If you accept this award, please leave a link to your answers on this post. I'd love to get to know you! Don't have a blog? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dressing Downton: Modern Mary

We all want a bit of Downton Abbey in our wardrobes so after posting some inspiration for adding some Downton flavor to your wardrobe, I took up the challenge of working my latest Dressing Downton piece into a modern look.

Tada! I made a rather more reproduction type piece but opted to style it modern.

You can find this costume's Dressing Downton post here.

I paired this skirt with a modern white t-shirt.

It has an almost lace like print (I guess you could call it) that is translucent and a black lace pattern printed on the front. I really wanted to capture the romantic feel of the original outfit.

I ended up making this skirt using a self drafted half circle skirt pattern. There's only one seam which I placed in the back. It closes with snaps and hooks and eyes. I made self fabric covered buttons that are purely decorative.

The back doesn't hang quite as nicely as I'd like but I'm sure Mary has on a slip and petticoat under hers.

Oh and this is so fun to wear! I do need more of these long half circle skirts!

I also envision this with a period blouse or styled as a 40s evening look! They too had long swooshy skirts. And the color is just so yummy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Voting open for 2012 Eva Dress pattern contest

I entered this lovely piece into the 2012 Eva Dress Pattern Contest and voting is now open! Just pop over to the word press blog to vote. Xandra the woman behind Eva Dress Patterns has included a line in the side bar so you can see all of the entries in each of the four categories. Click on the stars on the entry's page to vote for it but only vote for one entry in each category!

I'm entered in category #1 so feel free to vote for me if you liked this outfit. (here) Please also look at all of the other categories and vote too! There is a $100 Eva Dress Pattern gift certificate on the line in each category so please vote. Voting is open until March 26, 2012 12:00 midnight EST. Also, if you get super inspired by all the entries and want to whip up some of your own Eva Dress Patterns, you can find them online here.

I need a vacation

...but not from blogging! I'm going on vacation at the beginning of May (eep! just 49 days!) and this weekend I realized that I hadn't thought much about what I was going to be wearing! I'm going to Disney World in Florida.  Way back in January, I came up with the idea of wearing Disney princess inspired dresses but, alas, after one of my lovely readers pointed out that they will not let you in the park in costume if you are over 10, I had to scrap that idea. Better safe than wasting an hour going back to the hotel to change!

My new plan involves some vintage and some modern pieces, some piece already in my wardrobe and some that I'll be making. There's not a whole lot of theme going on. I just want to look cute and not roast. I've only ever been in November, December and January so I really don't know what the weather will be like.

I'm bringing the cherry circle skirt and this green top to wear in Hollywood Studios. My hubby suggested making a poodle skirt to wear but as I have 5 circle skirts already I doubt I'll get around to making a new one.

I really like the look of this dress. I never wore it much as the under layer didn't fit my hips very well, but since I've lost some weight, I'm hoping it hangs better now. Not sure where I'll wear this but I like it.

I adore Wearing History's 1940s Sailor Playsuit! I don't wear it as a set very often because it's a bit costume-y but what better place to be costume-y than Disney World! I suspect the shorts need taken in though.

I'm also finally making Colette Pattern's Macaroon in this lovely bird fabric. I've had it in my stash since last May but this is going to happen! (In fact, it's already cut and partially sewn together!)

Wearing History's Chic Ahoy! pattern is on my must sew list for this summer so might as well have it for vacation. Super cute and practical as it's pants masquerading as a skirt. I was worried that I wouldn't like this style of pants but I adored my 1930s beach pjs so these are a go as soon as I decide which size packet to order! (Grr that I'm now between size packets!)

I'm also pondering a jersey dress. I was wanting to make an Edwardian style tea dress in jersey but I don't think I'll have time to work up a pattern but I was just given a vintage jersey dress that is very 70s does 30s so I'm thinking of giving it a make over a la Nabby of This Old Life (seriously, she made this lovely from a plaid vest and an oversized red sweater dress).

I have 5 park days plus 2 travel days (half of one will be spend in Downton Disney) so I'm short one outfit plus I could use an alternate for good measure. I'm leaning towards another circle skirt. They do take up so much space!

What would you take on vacation to Disney World?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Inspiration: 1940s Hair

Lately, I've been reinspired by 1940s hair! I've even been setting my hair more than one day in a row (which never happens). I really love having curly hair and have even worn it a couple times with modern clothes. So come get inspired with me!

I adore this look! So simple and cute! Plus there's no need for perfect curls.

There was definitely some hold over from the 30s because waves still made an appearance. Don't think I'll be doing this style any time soon but *swoon*.

I'm still trying to grow out my hair so I see lots of snoods in my future. I love this fabric one!

Another wave hair style!

I really want to learn how to do this type of rolled hair do. I've seen some tutorials and think that with my kind of hair I'll need some hair rats.

Oh, hats! So yummy!

This lovely hairstyle is rolled up instead of under like a pageboy. 

This one has victory rolls and I imagine the back to be clipped in a pretty barrette.

What kind of 40s hairstyles do you love?