Monday, April 30, 2012

A New Hat

Who doesn't love a new hat? This is one I got a while back in February but I hadn't had the chance to wear it.

And the bangs looked great with it. I adore 50s hats.

I got loads of compliments on it. The green bronze combination isn't one that I have a lot of in my wardrobe. Guess I'll have to find some more things to wear with it.

Goodness! I do try to smile when I have my pictures taken but it doesn't come across very well.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hair to Try

I've been doing some research to find some short hairstyles to learn how to do for my youtube channel. I'm on a 50s hair kick right now.

This one looks cute and simple!

This look is pretty similar to the first one.

A lovely evening style.

Love the bangs on this one! Can't wait till my bangs grow out just a bit so I can do this look!

What kind of hair styles have been inspiring you lately? Do you have any tutorial requests?

Friday, April 27, 2012

1940s Peak-a-Boo Bang

Who doesn't love the 1940s peak-a-boo bang? Here's how to do it!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Updated Disney Wardrobe

Because what else do I have to think about. My original one is here.

I've got two Wearing History patterns in my "suitcase". I made the sailor playsuit last summer and have adjusted it for fit so it's ready to go. The chic ahoy! pattern is still in progress. The jacket is done and the shorts just need closures. I haven't even started on the blouse but I'm going to get cracking.

Colette Patterns are also coming along. I made a macaroon that I've had the fabric for forever. I also finished a long standing beignet UFO with pirate fabric. I had some crazy issues with bad snaps, half of which fell off and the other half wouldn't come off. Thanks to my weight loss, I just cut them off and reworked the front of the skirt from there.

I'm bringing along my polka dotted back button blouse. I'm also working on this cute 60s playsuit that the lovely Brittany of Va Voom Vintage sent me. Super cute and it's a stash busting project. Just have to get some buttons for it.

And I also have a refashion project coming along. This 30s dress from Past Patterns was just the ticket to help a 70s does 30s dress go a bit more 30s. It had some damage at the zipper because it was a jersey dress sewn with regular stitches so I needed some repairs anyways. I left the top mostly the same but changed the skirt to this one and added the belt.

Last but not least is a circle skirt because I can't not bring one of those.

Yesterday, I decided that I'd better get looking for a swimsuit if I wanted one. Now, I'm not usually a swimming kind of a gal. I don't even remember the last time I was in a pool. So my swim suits, while in good condition, are from high school. And even though I've just lost gobs of weight, I do not have that body anymore. So I did some serious etsy scouring and had no luck with vintage suits. I couldn't have one made because they wouldn't be done in time but then I stumbled upon this one:

It's from Fables by Barrie and modeled by the lovely Bernie Dexter. Super cute, retro, multi-sized and on sale. And it will be rounding out my wardrobe. Not sure why I could get by in Florida for a week without a swimsuit but now I have one.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vintage Dance Rehearsal Ensembles

I love old movies about show biz, especially musicals. Whenever there are dancing numbers in the "show", there's usually at least one rehearsal scene. And I just adore them!

Dancers wear short shorts for ease of movement and so the choreographer can see mistakes.

Short skirts were worn too! Of course, they had an underlayer to cover their underwear. When I did dance as a kid we called them lollies.

It doesn't hurt that they are usually wearing awesome shoes too! I also love the suspenders on the girl on the left.

I think they have a lot in common with playsuits except no long skirt.

Isn't the one with the flowers just to die for! And get a load of the teal shoes on the girl next to her.

These gals look sharp in matching ensembles!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Inspiration: 1940s Hats

I adore hats but most of mine are 1950s and I've decided that I need more 40s lovelies in my life.

Tilt hats! I think this style would be great for me as they'd cover my large forehead.

Eep! Matching plaid hat and gloves = awesome.

Stylish and patriotic "Freedom Fashions"

Hat hair leaves a nice flat area to house your hat.

Flowers and turbans and netting, oh my!

What's your favorite era for hats?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bang Inspiration: Bernie Dexter

It's bang time at The Girl with the Star-Spangled Heart again! Previously, I've had Bettie Bangs that were fairly straight across like this:

1950s Wedding Style

Bettie Page herself had more of a U-shaped fringe.

They were fairly long, deep and curved under.

This time, I'm going for a little bit different shape inspired by the lovely Bernie Dexter.

She's a model, pin up and even has her own clothing line!

She has rocked a more straight across/gentle U-shape...

But I love the stronger U shape! She also goes quite short with her bangs sometimes. And (though I can't confirm this with photos) she looks to have a pretty high hairline like me.

Isn't she just darling!

I particularly like when her bangs are aimed more forward and less around to the side in a half circle.

I've already cut my bangs but they're not quite there yet. I like to wear them for a few days and then fine tune them. Plus bangs always need some training to get them to go the right way. Hopefully, I can pull these bangs off as well as she can.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Two more weeks!

 What I need to be thinking about:


What I can't stop thinking about:

Disney World!

Bettie Bangs!

What I will get around to having time to think about after vacation:

Stash Busting

Dressing Downton

Two more weeks!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hide-a-Bang Hairstyles

Having modern bangs or growing out your bangs can be really frustrating when you are trying to do vintage hairstyles. Today's tutorial shows you how to do two different hairstyles that hide your bangs. The best part? Both use the same setting pattern!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Stash Busting

Although life has been school, school, school lately, my brain has been thinking extra about sewing to make up for not getting to actually sew much. So here's a peak of what's been floating around in my brain and some in real life. And as a plus, it's all stash busting! Woot!

 I'm dubbing this dress the ice cream social dress. It's from this 1940s pattern:

The twill has pink and black pinstripes and makes me feel like I should have an ice cream cone in one hand.

This darling pink fabric needs to be a Wearing History Smooth Sailing blouse. So 30s!

I have this chartreuse linen/linen look fabric and I can't decide if I like it or not. I think it might look interesting in this 40s Butterick reprint but I've not decided. I need some opinions. The photo color is pretty close to the actual color of the fabric.

I've also whipped up another stash busting back button blouse and I've got another one waiting in the wings. And Wearing History's Chic Ahoy pattern is in the works. I just need a trip to Jo-Ann's for a few things. I'm super excited about my stash busting progress. There is actually starting to be a bit of space in my fabric drawers! *gasp* At this rate I'll be at a nice, reasonable sized stash in no time.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Think Pink!

Today's post is brought to you by the color pink!

Pink sundress with bolero.

Pink dress with pelpum.

Pink dress with an apron.

Pink with pink accessories.

Pink in the spring.

Pink scarf.

Pink skirt.

Pink sweater.

Pink on pink print.

Think pink!

Friday, April 13, 2012


 Finally got some of my hats hanging in my bedroom!

New shoes!

I was in desperate need of some black t-strap shoes.

And more shoes! These read so 40s to me!

On a side note, can feet shrink? I've been a size 9 as long as I can remember, but for the past 6 months or so I've been good with 8.5 a lot but for both of these I had to go down to an 8!