Thursday, August 30, 2012

1940s Hide a Bang Hairstyle

My new middy haircut is great except that my bangs are not long enough! Here's how I cheat with my bangs to get that classic 1940s look.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Inspiration: 1940s Post-War Fashions

Recently, I shared some early 40s fashion inspiration, but now it's time to look at the other end of the spectrum.

After the war, Dior came out with his New Look collection and while the average woman didn't jump on these fashions right away,  this style dominated the fashion world throughout the 1950s.

Luxuries like yards and yards of fabric were available again and everyone had more time for frivolities.

In my brain, the 1940s feminine ideal is this young, fresh girl while the 1950s ideal is a confident, sexy woman. That's an over generalization, of course, but that's my impression of the two decades.

There's something so mature and sophisticated about the New Look.

I love late 40s patterns for capturing a blending of the 40s and 50s look. I feel another inspiration post coming on!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Oh, a Wedding

My husband is a professional photographer (and I help) so we go to loads of weddings. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a wedding as just a guest.

On Friday, I decided that I did indeed want a new dress to wear so I set about whipping up this dress.

Fabric: mystery garment district fabric ($2/yd)
Pattern: Simplicity 2509
Year: 1948
Notions: zipper ($2), buttons ($4)
First worn: August 2012
Wear again? Yes. I want to make the sash that goes with it and shorten the hem a bit. I decided that it was a bit long but I didn't have time to rehem it before the wedding.

I did view 2 on the right.

I just paired it with my normal shoes. These ones have just about kicked the bucket though. :(

I found the most adorable rose shaped buttons for this project at Jo-Anns.

I completed the outfit with a vintage hat and thrifted belt.

Me and my sassy mother-in-law.

I also met another vintage loving gal at the wedding.

Her name is Sarah and she rocked the wedding in a darling vintage 50s dress and hat.

She just started a vintage blog so pop over and say hi. Sarah has a few of our photo booth shots posted.

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's almost here!

Renaissance Faire season is almost here! I've been working furiously on my costume to make it wearable again.

I've made my sleeves detachable and whipped up a second pair of sleeves from Simplicity 3782 for when I'm in the mood for a more Elizabethan look.

Each sleeve is mounted on a facing and the rings are tied to another set of rings on the shoulder of the dress.

I didn't end up lowering the neckline since I was worried about it opening up a whole new can of fitting worms. But I did retrim the dress.

And I am almost finished with the foresleeves for those chilly days. Plus I have my lower class dress to wear. I really can't decide if I want it to be hot or cold since I want to wear both costumes so much!

My first outing to the Ohio Renaissance Faire will be Monday September 3rd. If you are going to be there that weekend (or another) and would like to meet up, please let me know. I was so bummed that no meet ups worked out last year.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Congrats to the four giveaway winners!

#1. ScottandAmy

#2. Bunny Moreno

#3. Erica Frymire

#4. Sean Mackenzie

Please email me your address at so I can send you off your new pattern!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Girl Next Door

Last night, we went over to some friends house for dinner and a bonfire. I've been a kind of meh fashion week this week (probably because the humidity has been wreaking havoc with my hair) so this cute outfit was just the antidote I needed.

For some reason I felt very girl next door-ish. I think it was the ponytail.

I adore this vintage dress! It's light and cool but not super sheer.


I paired them with my new 50s style shades that I snagged in the LA garment district for $5. My husband makes fun of them but he also hates the shape of modern women's shades, so I figure that if he's going to hate them either way, I may as well wear the $5 pair that I adore.

I actually wore a bit more makeup than usual. I picked up a couple of mini eyeshadow palettes from Sephora a while back and I've been feeling adventurous in the eyeshadow department since then.

All in all, a really fab outfit, but now I have to go because I have a wedding to go to today (as just a guest for once!) and yesterday, I decided that I really did want to make a new dress to wear.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

That time of year again

It's that time of the year again when school starts and a whole new crop of freshmen arrives on campus. I'm sad to say that most of them are already roaming the campus in sweats and workout gear.

Look at these cute posing gal pals.

What a cute lounging robe for all nighters!

The 50s college girl went for a circle skirt and a sharp blouse.

School spirit

They even looked cute on move in day.

Happy new school year!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Middy-ish Haircut

Woohoo for a new hair cut! I went for something based off of the Middy Plus but would look cute when not styled.

Here are some unstyled photos:

If you're looking for other photos of unstyled Middies, this site has a few. There is more unstyled Middy footage on youtube than when I first started getting into vintage style, but it's hard to take a video to your stylist!

Monday, August 20, 2012

New To Me

I love getting new things but new to me things can be just as nice.

I recently went on a bit of a vintage pattern shopping spree. Some of these I bought for a specific project but some were just good deals.

A cute 40s dress complete with original embroidery transfer.

A cute scalloped 50s dress with fabric swatch pinned to it.

I also got this scalloped dress pattern with fabric swatch from the same seller as the one above. Both have handwritten notes on the envelope and I think they may have been from the same sewer's collection.

Super cute late 40s dress with detachable collar. I planned on using this dress for my white rayon until I found this pattern:

Super awesome early 40s shirtwaist dress!

One of my friends asked me if I would be interested in some of his mother's old hats and I said yes, of course!

A cute navy hat with 3 rhinestones.

A pink hat that looks like it may have had some veiling at some point in time. I'm thinking that I'd like to replace it.

And a very pretty white floral hat.

And right after I came home from Costume College, there were two surprises waiting for me!

Last summer when I went to visit my grandparents, one of my dad's cousins offered to give me her serger that she never used any more. Well, her house wasn't exactly on the way home and there was no room in our car to take it back home anyways so I figured it'd be a while before I ever saw the serger but my dad was nice enough to pick it up and drop it off for me when he went to see my grandparents while I was at CoCo. My dad's cousin also gave me a hemmer machine. Both the hemmer and serger will be visiting a sewing machine repair shop in the near future (hopefully) for a tune up before I use them but I'm super excited!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Early 40s Inspiration

Lately, I've been very inspired by early 1940s fashions. It really makes me wonder what would have happened to fashion if World War II hadn't broken out.

I love early 40s hats! In my opinion, the late 30s and early 40s had the best hats.

I love the one on the left with contrasting gores.

Oh, that pink dress!

Look at all of the fun pocket shapes!

Oh, what fun details on the tops of these dresses!

I love the center dress with the asymmetrical closure and one button.

I love the way 40s dresses drape over the body.

Eep! What a hat!

What part of 40s fashion do you love best? Prewar? War time? Or postwar?