Friday, June 28, 2013

Pinspiration: 1950s Underpinnings

Research is key in finding the proper vintage undergarments! So let's indulge in some 50s underpinnings advertisements!

Crinolines have to be my favorite vintage undergarment! I need some in pretty colors!

Shapewear! Easier than dieting!

I love all of the feminine details! Underwear can be pretty!

Bras and girdles and waist cinchers oh my!

I just adore the tricolored petticoat! :D

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Yellow

There are some colors that just go so well with summer and I think yellow is one of those colors!

Not to mention that bright cheerful colors help me be more perky in the morning. (I am so not a morning person.....)

And you know, I just bought a cute pair of yellow gloves! Normally, I'm much more of a matchy matchy person when it comes to shades of colors, but I'm trying to get over it.

Alas, we've gotten to the part of the summer where my hair deflates a lot if I'm outside at all. Oh, how it makes me long for the days when it was long enough to just throw up in a snood.

Let's hope you're all too distracted by my bright yellow dress to notice.

What colors do you love wearing in the summer?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More on the vintage silhouette

Judging by your comments on my bra post last week, getting a good silhouette is important to many of you! So let's discuss the basics of proper 50s under pinnings!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vacation's Where I Wanna Be

Summer time often means summer vacation and summer vacations mean packing! Packing can be so stressful and then of course, you forget something. (Like your hairbrush and then you are stuck trying to brush out your pin curl sets with a hair comb.....) Here are my tips for a successful trip with vintage and me-mades.

1. Start packing early!

Ok, so you don't have to actually put anything in the suitcase yet, but start a list. Start with the basics and then try to flush out all the details. Your less likely to forget things this way. Don't forget proper undergarments, belts, purses, hair accessories, and shoes.

2. Watch the weather

I always add the weather forecast of my vacation destination to my phone so I can watch it for a few weeks before I go on my trip. This will help guide your wardrobe selection so you'll have appropriate clothes. I've made the mistake of going to Florida in the winter and thinking I'd get to prance around in shorts the whole time.

3. Plan extra outfits

It's especially important for us vintage loving gals to bring extra outfits in case of surprises on our trips. Some modern activities are just not that vintage friendly and you won't want to miss out on your trip because of clothes! I'd recommend at least one outfit with pants/shorts/capris and a snood or scarf for bad hair days.

4. Consider going travel sized

Vintage hair and make up uses a lot more products than most people like to take on vacation so consider going travel sized to keep your toiletries from needing their own suitcase. I like to save the small bottles from the hotel to refill with my own supplies.

5. Pack your own pillow

This one may seem a bit silly, but sometimes crappy hotel pillows can make sleeping in pin curls so uncomfortable. You don't want to toss and turn all night in the name of cute hair. This one is much easier to accomplish if you travel by car though.

6. Consider coordinating separates

When I think back to how I packed for vacations as a kid, my suitcase looked something like this: one pair of shorts, 7 t-shirts, 7 pairs of socks, 7 pair of underwear and one pair of pjs. It's so easy to get distracted by pretty dresses and forget separates but they are so much more versatile and will keep your suitcase light. Keep them mix and match-able for maximum utility. If you stick to one color palette, you can also get the most use out of your accessories too!

7. Remember, it's ok

Vacations are supposed to be fun! So what if it's so humid that your hair refuses to cooperate. Or you happen to manage to not pack a single stick of red lipstick. Just have fun and remember you can always pick up one of those tacky touristy t-shirts in case of an emergency.

Need more travel tips? Try these.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Country BBQ

One thing I really miss when having an apartment is grilling out. So I love when friends invite me over for a bbq!

The weather was really gorgeous but a bit sunny so it was the perfect excuse to pull out this great sun hat.

These friends are huge animal lovers and have all sorts of creatures including chickens!

I love birds and these guys are pretty cute! The babies are even cuter. :D

I love these silver confetti earrings! They go with pretty much everything but they are quite huge.

This dress is Simplicity 2801 that I made back in May.

I love that it pretty much speaks for itself and doesn't need a whole lot to make an outfit.

I wish I had thought to take a shot of the steaks we had. They were huge! Even the guys ended up splitting them.

Do you love summer bbqs?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pinspiration: 1940s Beachwear

I'm not headed anywhere beachy this summer but there's nothing wrong with enjoying a bit of beach inspiration inland! I love 40s beach wear because it's fun and youthful and easy.

I love this playsuit set! It's so cute without being too kitch.

I love the idea of a bra top with matching skirt for those super hot days.

Check out this great boating ensemble! Puff sleeved crop top and skirt. I bet she has some bloomers under there too! And love the shades. :D

I love the two tone dress on the left! It would be swell as a wrap dress!

Check out these darling skirts! The colors and prints are just divine! Please send me one of each.

And no beach outfit is complete without great shoes. I love all of the wedges down the left. Perfect for walking the beach or board walk.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Importance of Silhouette

When going for a vintage look, silhouette is important. It really goes a long way towards making you look authentic vs costumey.

A while ago, I mentioned on facebook that I had bought a vintage style bra at Kohl's and I've been trying it out ever since. (You may have spied it in a few previous outfit posts.)

 The bra I choose was Playtex 18 Hour Classic Support style 20/27 wire free. The website lists them a bit odd and B&C are here and D&DD are here.

 I did have some trouble with finding the right size. One cup size was completely full, possibly too full but the next cup size up had a lot of empty space. I went with the smaller cup (which was smaller than the cup size I wear in modern bras. I'm still not sure I ended up with the correct size but the shape is definitely more 40s/50s! :D

Tasha of By Gum By Golly has an excellent post on how to find a great 40s style bra. That's what I used when shopping for my bra. Hint: You'll want to look in the old lady section.

And goodness, it sure worked! My girls are definitely NOT modern shaped. They are higher, pointier and quite separated. Check out this outfit with a modern bra here.

It looks great under sweaters (and vintage dresses) and just gives a bit extra umpf to my look. I'd definitely recommend this for you gals looking for an affordable vintage style bra.

It's pretty comfy and isn't too odd looking. I don't have quite enough guts to wear a bullet bra. This particular one gives a nice 40s/conservative 50s shape.

I'm so happy to finally have this piece of my vintage foundations down! Costuming has taught me that the correct underpinnings are so important! Do you wear vintage style undergarments or do you stick with normal ones. What's your favorite brand?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Youtube: Beginner's Vintage Beauty Kit

Getting started in vintage can be pretty intimidating! But vintage make up can be simpler than you think! Here are my top beauty products that you need for a vintage look.

What are your vintage beauty must haves?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Window Shopping: Confetti Earrings

There are a lot of trends in popular vintage costume jewelry. Whether it's bakelite bangles, novelty brooches, or screw back earrings, it seems like everybody has a favorite type of jewelry. Personally, I've never been much of a jewelry person but I think I've found a type of vintage jewelry I can get excited about- confetti earrings! They were popular in the 50s and 60s and are super cute.

They can be fairly simple such as these red and green square confetti filled earrings.

Or with different sizes and shapes such as these cute red and silver ones.

Sea shells were popular add ins.

Love the matching bangle! But sets do get pricey.

This pair would give just a bit of sparkle without being overwhelming.

Pink! I need a pair this color!

These earrings could also be tear drops and other shapes.

I've also found this great etsy shop, Sparkle Lux, that makes repro confetti earrings! Look at all of the pretty styles she offers! They are post backs and she even offers a sterling silver post option for those with extra sensitive ears.

Do you have confetti jewelry? What's your favorite type of vintage jewelry?

Monday, June 17, 2013

HSF#12: Pretty Pretty Princess

It's Historical Sew Fortnightly time again! This challenge was pretty pretty princess! "Channel your inner princess and her royal wardrobe. Pick a princess, queen, empress, arch-duchess, or a de-facto queen as inspiration for a fabulously royal frock (or other garment). The occasional prince is also most welcome."

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Tada!  I took a bit of a different approach to this challenge. I love historical masquerade and fancy dress costumes so this is my 19-teens does Elizabethan fancy dress.

I was inspired by dresses such as these:

 See this pinterest board for sources.

 I ultimately decided to focus my design on the bottom left dress from 1916.

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Fabric: 5 yds red home dec ($45), 2.25 yds sheer embroidered leaves ($16), 2 1/3 yd white crepe ($10)
Pattern: VPLL Ladies Dinner Dress c. 1918, Simplicity 3782 (and some drafting)
Year: 1916-1918
Notions: 150 glass pearls (mostly stash $3), snaps ($3), hook and eye ($1)

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How historically accurate is it? Ok, so it's made completely from polyester so no good on the fabric. I tried to pick colors and styles that I thought would be a bit of Edwardian and a bit of Elizabethan (and a dash of whatever I felt like). The construction is a bit of each period too. The skirt and sleeves are from a period pattern but the top is a modern Elizabethan costume pattern. Mostly I was just going for the look.

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Hours to complete: 30 (hand sewing pearls......)
First worn: June 2013
Total cost: ~$80

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I'm pretty happy with this dress. The fit of the sleeves is a bit off, but not so much that I can't wear it. The neckline was a bit wonky in this shoot but I've fixed it. I really like the way the bustles/poofs look on the skirt.

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I also whipped up this hat and used the feathers from my Blonde Swan Elizabethan hat. Why? Because feathers are awesome.

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Yay, yay gala dress!!!