Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Youtube: Vintage Tag!

I still don't have a new camera but I decided to do this vintage tag just using the webcam on my laptop. Do let me know what you think of the quality.

1. Who are your style icons? 2. What is your favourite way to get inspired? 3. What's your most-used hair tool? 4. What's your favourite hair tool? 5. Updo, down, or half-and-half? 6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions? 7. What's your favourite blush & lipstick? 8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats? 9. Off the rack or homemade? 10. Do you swing dance? 11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches? 12. Favourite perfume? 13. Favourite skincare product? 14. What does your family think of your style? 15. Favourite accessory? 16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby? 17. What drew you to vintage style? 18. Favourite places to shop vintage? Yea....can't count here. LOL. Numbered wrong on my paper! 19. What vintage eras are your favourite? 20. Most glamourous film stars? 21. Favourite vintage object that you own?

If you'd like to do this vintage tag, consider yourself tagged! Don't have a youtube channel? Feel free to answer any (or all) of these questions in a comment. I love getting to know my readers!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Inspiration: 1940s Sundresses

August is almost here but that means at least another whole month of sun dress weather! The weather has finally gotten back to normal (but still hot) so I'm finally comfortable enough to think about being cute when I'm not in the ac.

I love cut on sleeves for comfort. You'll win with either the scalloped or chevron version.

I adore nautical and these separates look so light and easy.

Pinafore dresses are cute and playful.

Boleros are a great option for an event that carries on into the cooler evening.

Another pinafore dress because they are so cute!

I love the heart version!

Are you still gungho for summer or are you counting down the days till fall?

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I've been crazy busy getting ready to leave for Costume College next week so sorry for the irregular blog posting. Instead of having guest bloggers like I did when I went to Disney, I've prepared some posts ahead of time so you'll have things to read. I'll suggest that you pop over to my facebook page and like it. I won't be on blogger while I'm gone but I will be posting updates on facebook.

We finally got rid of our old kitchen table so we can use the 50s table I bought way back in February. Now we just need to find some better chairs.

I've been planning and replanning outfits for Costume College. I'm sure this list will change again before I leave.

This is a wearable muslin for a Costume College project. Don't ask me why I thought it'd be a good idea to do a wearable muslin in a plaid. I do not have Lauren's plaid matching skills. The fashion fabric is a solid, thank goodness.

And I've been shopping around for accessories for the photo shoot today. So far, the dress itself has cost maybe $2 (for a zipper) but the accessories are piling up! Somehow, none of my dressy shoes or shiney jewelry from high school are still in my wardrobe......

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keeping a Stash

After seeing my birds play with my stash book, Ginger of Scene in the Past wanted to know more. I did mention it back in January when I first made it, but it's never gotten it's own post so here it is:

Ok, so it's not so exciting to look at but it's really helpful. It all started when my dad wanted my help designing a fabric stash keeping iPhone app (because he's a nerdy programer like that) last Christmas. It's still a work in progress but it got me thinking about stash organization and then I remembered these great stash organizing sheets from Mena over at Sew Weekly.

So I organized my stash!

Each fabric gets a swatch and blanks for selvage width, yardage, type, cost, aquired, era and other notes. 

For a lot of my older stash, I don't have all of this info, but that's ok. I just filled in what I had. I bring it with me to the fabric store so I can just write all of this down off of the bolt. Some other info that I sometimes include are washing instructions and whether or not it's been prewashed.

Once a fabric is used up, I check the little "no longer in stash" box.

And because I'm a nerd and I like Excel, I added all of this info into a spread sheet so I can crunch numbers and make pie charts.

One day, I want to do something like this for patterns so I know how much yardage I need for a pattern while I'm out shopping but I can't draw and I haven't figured out how to get an illustration so no luck there yet. Maybe I'll have to get my dad working on an iPhone app for that!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This and That

This past weekend, my husband and I shot a wedding. I adore weddings and this one was lovely.

For weddings, I like to tone down my style a bit so I wore a modern me-made dress and a 40s style hair do with dark pink lipstick.

I adore this dress and now that I've fixed the gaping at the back neckline.

Weddings for me always mean a bit of extra pocket money and it's been entirely too long since I had a new Wearing History pattern so I snagged the 1940s apron pattern and the Rita pleated shorts pattern.

Now that my gala dress is finished, I've been working on this 1915 skirt pattern. It's been.... interesting.

The directions are pretty vague and it took me a while to figure out how the closures went. Inside the skirt, I used some grosgrain ribbon for belting.

It hooks together and is covered by a flap. Then there is another flap on each side that close with hook and eyes.

Insanity! How I long for a simple zipper! The waistband ended up too big due to my haphazard attempts at grading so I made it work. Alas, the hook and eyes on this top layer still like to peak out. I hate them so much and can never get them to stay hidden. I'm sorely tempted to try and color them black with a sharpie and call it a day.

Here are all of the buttons for this skirt. Thank goodness they are all decorative so no buttonholes for me!

My birds had fun talking to their reflections in my scissors...

... and playing with my fabric stash book while I was wrestling hooks and eyes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pink Pink Pink

I love this pink striped jersey dress!

 I wore it to my New Year's Eve party and it was fabulous!

When I purchased this dress on etsy, it was modeled with a great pink hat also for sale in the shop and I just had to get both.

I didn't end up wearing it on New Year's Eve because my husband thought it was too much for a small party at home but yesterday I said tough luck to "too much" and wore it out to church.

Dress and Hat: FabGabs
Purse: belonged to a friend's mother
Belt: from a vintage skirt

I have a friend at church who also loves old stuff and she told me that I was wearing this hat backwards! Eeep! I had assumed that the beading went in the front. She said that the beading went back to show off your hair and that this kind of hat was often worn with the snood. I did try out wearing this hat the other way around and it fits much better. Guess you learn something new every day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

In search of the perfect vintage shoe

Lately, I've been really wanting a pair (or four) of vintage shoes, but since they are not always in the greatest of quality, scarce in my size and often pricy, I've been scouring the web for repro shoes instead.

I started with a gander at Remix since I've heard so many wonderful things about them.

*sigh* Maybe one day I'll snag a pair on sale but that day is not today. So I went searching.

I found a bunch of cute designs by Chelsea Crew on ModCloth and Amazon.  These read very 40s to me.

Another 40s looking pair but red.

I also fell in love with this shoe. I also spied it in navy, black and burgundy around the net. Of course, the color I liked best (burgundy) was only available on one site and out of stock in my size.

I also loved this pair but I think this is a discontinued style.

Another burgundy shoe

I also stumbled upon Aris Allen swing dance shoes.

I'm loving these 30s style wedges! And they're less than half the price of the Remix ones.

And these 30s style lovelies are for when you are feeling a bit dressier.

So I guess the question is which pair to buy?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

C'est fini!

Woohoo! The Promaballoona/Costume College Gala dress is done! I promised myself that I wasn't going to share any pictures of the dress once I got into the fashion fabric stage but I can't help myself!

I didn't end up buying any of the trims I posted....but I re-purposed a sparkly belt instead! It's an inch of sequin and beaded trim and it was almost long enough to go all the way around my hips. So I added a self fabric tie to bring the bow back into the design. Oh, it is so fun to wear that I just want to prance around the house in this gown but I have more stuff to sew for Costume College. The closer it gets, the more ideas I get so it's time to get sewing!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1950s Rhinestone Bling

Oh, it's so much fun to prance around the house in a mostly finished evening gown. It's got me in the mood for some serious bling. Be forewarned. These lovelies are all available on esty and range from you might as well get diamonds to just plain old expensive.

This one is super sparkly and I adore the unique clasp.

I adore the pear shaped stones. It's my favorite cut after oval.

For when you just have to be over the top.

This one has a lovely dangling piece.

This complete set is just lovely with all of the marquis stones.

A stunning bib style necklace.

These lovely emerald cut stones are fit for a princess.

Alas, very few pieces of my high school rhinestone bling have survived in my collection. I do have a pair of earrings that may work but I'll be haunting the local thrift and vintage stores for some more affordable pieces!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Promaballoona: Decision time

So, I'm making this dress for Costume College Gala and Promaballona:

I had originally wanted to do the black view with the giant bow in the back but I didn't have enough fabric! So now I need your help deciding what to do instead. I did some window shopping on etsy for inspiration.

This 50s black dress opts for a simple self fabric band just like the jumper view of my pattern.

This one is just a bit fancier with a bow. I probably wouldn't have enough self fabric to do any kind of bow but I could do something in a contrasting fabric. I was thinking silver.

This dress has some kind of pleated/gathered self trim.

I adore this one with the contrasting trim. So yummy. I think I'd stick to a simple band at the drop waist. I've sourced a couple of great sparkly trims (from most to least affordable).

Plain rhinestone trim. Very affordable and I could always do a couple of rows.

 A yummy vintage trim with rhinestones, pearls and sequins.

 A danglely pearl and bead trim. I'm not sure if I'm in love with the ivory color though.

 And last but not least, this scrumptious bead and rhinestone trim. My favorite and, of course, the most expensive option. At $37/yd, it's not the most expensive trim I looked at by far but it's definitely at the top of my budget.

I also spyed this adorable bow applique but I have no idea what I'd do with it.

My poor dress has no hanger appeal what so ever and it's kind of making me sad. I need to get the zipper in asap so I can try it on and stop thinking that I really do need that $100/yd Swarovski crystal trim.