Sewing is so easy!

Oooh look what I made!!!! (a gravity defying child AND clothing to fit my gravity defying child!!)

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Sooo, it’s the end of February and this is my very first post this year yeeeeahhhh sooooooo sorry eeek…. I can’t say I have been lazy just really busy doing stuff. January was a bit of a blur of school holidays, bbqs, an annual trip to Barooga in NSW, celebrating Australia Day and getting ready for the new school year. Of course that meant I had to clean the cupboards in the kitchen…?? I had to!!

Then February was all about..more Summertime bbqs, getting my little 3yr old settled into kinder, which I am happy to say she loves, as well as a very quick and very much unplanned trip to Sydney to visit a very dear friend of mine (Hi Gina!!).

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I made a few New Year Resolutions and one of them was to dedicate more time to sewing. I am ok at it…not brilliant but I have made a two dresses, a few circle skirts and a top based on a pattern from 1942 but most of those were done in the sewing classes I attend each week.

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Really what I wanted was to be much more autonomous when sewing. Not having to ask for guidance or help or getting stuck but just being able to sew & understand the instructions that come with patterns. So I bought a few patterns and yep…I instead of taking me 4-5hrs to complete it’s dragging on and I’m now 4 weeks (2hr lessons each week) into a top that I thought would be easy.

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Regardless for ages I have been doubting my ability and doubting that I can really sew, then about 3 weeks ago I popped into spotlight and saw this really cute ‘Vintage Paper Doll’ patterned fabric with a yellow background and on a whim I bought it. It was on sale and I was thinking that I could make myself a novelty circle skirt with it.

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Then Miss A saw it and declared it “her new dress”. So I got to thinking that there might be a simple free girls dress pattern that I could find online and then if I stuff it up..meh. If it works then HOORAY!!!

I Googled, I Facebooked, I searched the sewing pages that I follow until I saw a few pics and that led me to Create Kids Couture. I found a dress that I liked. I bought it and printed it out and really started to stress…the ‘what ifs’, the ‘not sure’, the ‘I don’t think I am going to be able to interpret the sewing jargon’.

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Then I figured…it’s a piece of fabric…material. So what if I stuff it up. It’s all practice anyway. Away I went. Oh uh…first road block. I didn’t have any contrasting fabric to use. I could make it all using the same fabric but it would look so much better with contrasting fabric.

Off to Spotlight I go and I find some  but there on the sale table is the exact fabric I already have at home ready to be cut but with a pink background, rather than the yellow background I have. Miss A declares the yellow is yucky and she wants the pink. I would have preferred the pink too…in fact if I had seen it the first time I would have bought the whole bolt. Anyway…I also bought it because I figured I could keep the yellow fabric to make my novelty circle skirt.

Sewing07I followed the instructions and with the exception of one step, which I quickly rectified it took me two nights to complete this dress.

The gathering on the skirt took me 3 goes. The first time the thread broke, so I unpicked and stitched again. I got my gathers all done and then ahhh…BROKE the thread again and this time I have no idea how it broke.

Third time lucky…!!! Oh and of course…ha ha…FRICKEN ha…I found an awesome tutorial on creating gathers using a zig zag stitch that just looked so awesome that I am going to give this dress a crack again and see if this new fandangled zig zag gathering business works.

My most gorgeous most adorable baby girl! Sewing05

I don’t have an overlocker so I wasn’t able to finish my edges as nicely as I would have liked, however my Pfaff has a huge number of stitches to choose from and one of them is a zig zag that will suffice for raw edges.

Overall I am absolutely freaking thrilled. It’s amazing how something so small can boost your confidence so much. I want to find a few patterns that have sleeves –  I don’t think I can let my child out of the house in the middle of winter with a halter neck dress on.

In any event the dress I have made is called Hadley, cost $10.00 and you can buy it from the Create Kids Couture website. It’s a downloadable PDF pattern with full instructions and pics to go with it. Any pieces of the pattern that have straight edges you have to measure up yourself but the curved pieces are on the PDF. Absolutely perfect for beginners so give it a crack if you need a confidence boost or have a gorgeous Daughter like mine!!!

 

Cheers

Alex

Trick or Treating in Melbourne

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I was a little more organised this year and had my darling husband put together a DL flyer that I could print up x 3 to an A4 sheet and then cut down to size  I bought 150 balloons from Spotlight and yes spent a bit of time sticking the orange balloons to the flyers with sticky tape. My friend Fleur and I took our kids on a very warm afternoon & delivered the flyers to let our neighbours know that we would be Trick or Treating on Halloween.
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In September my son had chosen Darth Vader as his costume so for his birthday we got him a light sabre. He already had the costume so I didn’t have  to worry much about that. My daughter had chosen Queen Elsa (like pretty much every little girl under the age of 12). Then a bombshell…my son changed his mind on the Monday morning before Halloween. he didn’t want to go as Darth Vader, instead he wanted to go as a Vampire. Great!!!
I went back to Savers and for $14.99 I picked up a cape (with a red satin collar), vest, medallion, bow tie & white gloves. we did a makeup trial with a few photos & i spent about 5 minutes doing his make up & he looked awesome. My daughter THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN says that she wants to be a witch. Sorry little chicken it’s too late to change.
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 My costume wasn’t really a costume, actually it probably would be a costume to someone, I just picked out a poodle skirt from my wardrobe & went as a zombie cheerleader. In retrospect maybe I should have tried to organise a Princess Anna costume for myself & gotten an Olaf or Christoph for Oliver. Surely a grown woman walking around with a costume like that is scary??
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So Friday 31st October in Melbourne was warm…31 degrees warm (87.8 fahrenheit) so yeah, not exactly layers of clothing & walking around the streets type of weather. We headed over to our friends house and started from there & worked / walked our way back towards home.
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Oliver ‘The Vampire’ & his best friend Ruben ‘The Grim Reaper’
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Me & Fleur rockin’ the red coloured hair.
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 I really wasn’t sure what the reaction to my flyer would be like but it was awesome. Quite a few houses for us to trick or treat at, the kids received an impressive stash of lollies, to the point of me having to unload their buckets so they could fit more lollies inside.
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This ‘wrestler’ was one of the Dads walking around with his kids. Undies on the outside!!!
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Kids from our local school heading towards us. All the kids were so excited.
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How clever were these Chupa Chups disguised as spiders.
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One of the houses we went to was amazing. Two ladies inside cackled like witches and posed for photos & made delicious shortbread witches fingers. The kids were actually a bit scared and we had to tell them that they weren’t real witches.
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Fabulous Witches – these ladies made my evening!
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We got back home before the sun set & I managed to offload quite a few of the lollies that we had ready for trick or treaters. The kids had a very late night & were up to their eyeballs full of sugar. This is some of what Oliver had received.
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All up it was a great night and I felt slightly off the next day (a few strawberry margaritas & walking around in such warm weather will do that to you).
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This was the giant spider I had on my front door. Some of my friends children were very scared of him.
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This was the lousy decorating at the front of my house. The web looked awesome when I first put it up, a freaky spring storm that had rain coming sideways wrecked the webs. I tried to fix it but it just made it look crappier. Up close there were black bats hung with fishing line.
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Our carved pumpkin & even a headstone with some dead flowers!
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If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a great time. I am positive we will do it all again next year. Anyway, all the Halloween decorations have been removed now & we can start getting ready for Christmas!
Cheers
Alex

Vintage Party Dress

By Saturday, September 20, 2014 2 , , Permalink 0

 

Last weekend we were invited to my friend’s Daughter’s 6th Birthday Party and it was a dress up party. Naturally my 3yr old went as Queen Elsa and I decided it was time to finally breakout one of my true vintage dresses. This baby I bought about 1yr ago on Ebay. It has sat patiently waiting for me to wear it somewhere special.

Post party pie pic…my cardi did fit but I neglected to fix it before taking this photo.

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I dug around my wedding keepsake boxes and found the tiara that I last wore on our wedding day and along with my frock dressed up as a princess.

KIVA Creations Vintage Dress

It’s a gorgeous dress and very comfortable to wear – the ever compulsory metal zip is there and it was made by KIVA Creations and is made of Nylon. All over the dress are little circle patterns made with blue, pink & silver sequins. I am so glad I bought it and I received a few compliments so I will wear it out again but eeek…it’s Vintage and I am so scared that I will wreck it or stain it.

OH and my white cardi – a Savers purchase, the pink ballet flats are from Target & my double strand glass beaded necklace is also vintage bought at the ‘Round She Goes’ market last year when it was held in Box Hill – the vintage beads matched my modern tiara. Love it when that happens!

Cheers
Alex

 

I got my hair cut!!

I cut my hair!!

I did it!

I finally gathered up all the bits of courage I had laying around and stuffed them into my purse and got my hair cut.

Long story short, I have had MANY bad haircuts. A mixture of trusting new hairdressers and letting them do what they wanted or thought was best for me, as well as my own lack of knowledge when it came to styling my hair and therefore not being able to accurately describe what it was that I wanted.

So I let my hair grow and grow and grow. With minor trims here and there but never anything over the top. I think my last big hair cut was about 11yrs ago & that was THE worst cut. I eventually got over it and found a great local hairdresser who was responsible for my colour as well as the odd trims & layer cuts.

The BEFORE shot

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My hair was looong!
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In the meantime I found my confidence and discovered I actually have some skillz when it comes to setting my hair in vintage styles. THEN I found the words to describe the cut I wanted THE MIDDY.

My life has changed. Amazing that one good or bad hairstyle can have such a huge impact on how you feel about yourself. Right now, I ROCK the world. I simply adore my hair and I will admit that I am incredibly pedantic when it comes to doing wet set pin curls and the stylist today wasn’t as precious I am and the curls are still amazing.

 

The AFTER shot!!!!! (so many exclamation marks…I must be happy!)

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I am looking forward to trying all my different setting patterns that I have learnt over the years as well as seeing the difference between foam roller wet sets and pin curl wet sets. Either way, the next few weeks will be loads of fun.

I did insist that the front length still be long enough that I could continue doing victory rolls, faux bumper bangs as well as faux Bettie Page bangs, so my Middy may not be a ‘true’ Middy, it still suits my needs.

The colour – ahhh how great is covering all those grey hairs. My red is red. I asked for red and I got red, actually it’s a mix of two different reds (and pink based red & an orange based red) made by ‘Special Effects’. It’s vibrant and I am hoping I can stick to one wash a week to keep its vibrancy as long as possible.

For those who want to know I got my hair cut & coloured at Wildilocks in West Melbourne, VIC.
My black button down shirt is a Savers find
My 3/4 sleeve black cropped cardi an op shop find
My red & white polkadot circle skirt is hand made by ME!!
Vintage Pearls are a purchase from the ‘Round She Goes’ vintage market

Cheers

Alex

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

By Thursday, December 26, 2013 1 , , Permalink 0

 

Merry Christmas!!

Wow…November & December was just a little crazy for us. End of Kinder for my little man, Birthday Parties, Christmas Parties, Farewell Parties and throw in some pretty hardcore respiratory infections, gastro & the odd snotty nose and there you have our the final months of 2013 for me & mine.

Honestly, I am dog tired. I have never been so sick for so long and it’s been months (see that ‘s’ at the end of that word..eeek) since I have been to the gym. I love the gym, it’s my special place for stress release and it makes me a happier person when I get to kick the shit out of the punching bag or lift weights and having not done that for 2 months is starting to get to me. Come January my only excuse for not doing any form of exercise will be death.

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So I plan on seeing out the rest of the year /  week just eating (gorging even) and drinking and chilling with my people. A visit to the beach, maybe a bit of a tidy of our garden and then fingers crossed we can do something special to see in the New Year and then Jan 2nd I am on the bike again – literally on my bike!! Can’t wait.

I was spoilt for Christmas and I am actually wearing (although no full length pics…sorry!) one of my gifts. A fabulous strapless dress I got on sale from Peta Pledger. The dress is called ‘Lucky Diamonds’ in red and white stripe with the most gorgeous little nautical buttons on the bust! (I think they have one left in size 8!!!)

I wish you all had a fabulous Christmas and nothing but good health, lots of wealth & much happiness for 2014. Happy New Year!

It was Christmas Day and I had to have a few silly shots!!!

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Cheers
Alex

Outfit of the day

 

I love this skirt. It’s called the Jenny Cherry Skirt & I got it from MisKonduct for my Birthday this year. I would love to make a skirt like this but I fear the cost would be outrageous, there is just so much fabric and I don’t need to wear a pettiskirt under it because it foofs out all on it’s own.

The red Marilyn top I am wearing underneath my cardi was also bought from MisKonduct.

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You can’t go wrong with cherries!

Jenny Cherry Skirt

I teamed it with a plain black cropped cardi and a fab brooch I picked up from Savers (which has just opened near me) from memory the brooch cost $3.99. I wore this outfit to do my grocery shopping, it was a bit cold the day I took this pic so I have an ugly pair of panty hose on but they are so robust – I actually chuck them in the wash sans washing bag and they survive!

Peek through my Victory Roll.

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 Side view of my Victory Roll.

Martinis & SlippersCan you believe my 5yr old Son took the shot below!!! Very talented young man!!

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Cheers
Alex

365 Days of Vintage Hair Styling

It’s a retrospective hair post!

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I have been quietly celebrating a small achievement of mine. As of the 6th October 2013 I officially wore my hair in a vintage style everyday for 365 days. YUP!! 12 whole months, 365 days of styling my hair with a vintage style. Some styles have been fairly elaborate and have taken me a few goes to get right. Some styles take me less than 5 minutes to do and have people saying “you must spend so much time doing your hair”.

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Even the days that I spent vomiting with gastro and had endless showers and laying in bed convinced that I was dying, I STILL managed to have some form of a vintage style (so grateful that day that it was my Bettie Page faux bangs!).

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I do this for me. I do these hairstyles because I like them. I do them because sometimes it really is a bit of a challenge and I do them because up until about 2 years ago I had no idea how to style my hair in the cool styles I do now. My vintage repertoire consisted only of a girls version of a pompadour – a style that I have been using since I was about 14yrs old.

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So if you want to try a new hairstyle or do something different to your hair. Make yourself a drink, get onto YouTube and search for hairstyles that interest you. Watch a tutorial, get the tools you need and get into the bathroom and try it.

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I still have a long way to go and so much more to learn and will eventually have to bite the bullet and go all the way and have a Middy Cut done – I love my long hair but wet set pin curls or foam rollers take forever and my hair is thick so I need eleventy billion years to get it totally dry.

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It’s amazing how many people acknowledge my hair or the clothes I wear. I receive a compliment from a complete stranger at least once a week, which as you can imagine is an amazing boost to your confidence. People always smile at me and are always keen to stop me to have a chat. I also get recognised immediately – whereas years ago people could never remember if they had met me before. There is no mistaking now!!

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Anyway…some pics that I managed to take of my hair over the past 12 months.

My gorgeous Son and I – I’m wearing one of my Hell Bunny dresses.

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My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.

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Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

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Below is the before shot – about to take out my foam rollers.

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This is during the brush out – my hair looked like so much fun so I had to take a pic.

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Wearing my Sourpuss Cherry cardi.

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My Retrospec’d dress.

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Below is my first trial of doing finger waves and I still can’t believe it worked first go.

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A cold day at the snow and I was grateful for my 1960s vintage swing coat.

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Cute snowflake brooch.

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My 1920s finger waves with my fabulous vintage fur stole that I named Bernard.

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Below I had no makeup and a fab vintage necklace that I picked up from the ‘Round She Goes’ Market.

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This style below is a post visit to the hair salon to get my colour done.

Vintage curls

 

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My gorgeous Daughter & I.

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Wearing a gorgeous 1950s dress I picked up from Bess Georgette.

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I have an obsession with cardigans, this pink sequinned cardi is one of my favs but it’s very fragile so it’s not worn anymore

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Red and white striped cropped jumper from ‘Friends of Couture’.

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Another amazing vintage cardi, this one has amazing flowers made out of beads.

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One of my favourite vintage reproduction dresses from Vicious Venus.

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Faux pearl & hand sewn floral cardigan bought from a local vintage store.

Rosie the Riveter

 

Victory Rolls

This cropped 3/4 sleeve 1950s sequinned jacket has been in my wardrobe for 2yrs, waiting for the right moment to be worn. I adore this jacket!

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Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.

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On Halloween I wore black and green – a 1930-1940s vintage Swarovski & emerald green rhinestones necklace with my very overdone green eyeshadow.

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Cheers

Alex

Happy Halloween!

By Friday, November 1, 2013 2 Permalink 0

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Last night I took my kids (and myself) trick or treating for the very first time and I LOVED it. I had a blast. I dressed up in a black swing dress – it has a collar and a bow that sits on the hip. I bought this dress online and when I tried it on I really wasn’t too impressed with it. So to the back of the wardrobe it went. Until I realised that I could actually wear my vintage styled dress with a witches hat that I had bought ages ago (building our dress ups collection for the kids). I also went out and bought a witches broom so I could complete my look.

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My Son already had a Woody from Toy Story costume so he was organised and we asked my Daughter what she wanted to wear “Jessie” she said. Hmmm. So I checked out all the department stores and a costume shop and eventually ended up in Spotlight and they had a ‘Jessie’ costume in size 4-6. My Daughter is tiny more like a size 2 so I had to make her costume.
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Woody & Jessie

I bought a boys white shirt (girls versions had pretty flowers on them), yellow felt, cow print fabric and a hat. I cut strips of fabric for the chaps and safety pinned them on to her jeans. I cut out the felt to sit on the shirt and then used red tinsel pipe cleaners that I made into loopy shapes and then using the hot glue gun stuck the felt to the shirt and pipe cleaners to the felt. Taa daaa. The felt on the arm bands aren’t even stuck on I just wrapped strips of felt around the cuffs and made a hole for the button and it held on.
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Her hat drove me batty. No red hats that were right for her. I found a cowboy type hat but it was black. So I bought red spray paint and discovered the most super absorbent material in the whole world. I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed and it would not go red. Instead the paint was just sucked into the hat. We bought another hat and tried again and this time it worked but it took a few layers of paint to get it all even.

Woody Jessie Toy Story Costume

Oh and I found a pair of black rubber boots for my Daughter I know she needs them so I bought them & sprayed them brown. She can re-use them next Winter – if her foot fits.

Woody Jessie costume

We had a great night and managed to get a good haul of lollies & chocolates – I mean the KIDS got it..not me…nooooo cough cough.

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I think the decision has been made for a letterbox drop in our immediate area next year and asking if people are participating in Halloween to put an orange balloon on their letterbox. Would be nice to meet some of our neighbours.

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Happy Halloween
Cheers
Alex

How to make & use a faux hair rat

 

I lost my only black faux hair rat recently. I suspect that my daughter has gotten a hold of it and hidden it somewhere, she is something of a bowerbird when it comes to other peoples belongings and yeah I imagine that I will come across it one day when I tidy her toys in her room. Until then I decided that I would make a new one.

Faux hair rats are easy to make and they add bulk & support to your hair when you need it. I have written about them before but that hair rat was the wrong colour for my hair and I did have a creepy DIY version, made with my own hair collected (harvested perhaps..lol) from my own hairbrush. The ladies used to do that in the good ol’ days and it makes sense because it would match your hair colour.

Step 1.

Buy a hair bun sponge. I got mine from one of those cheap stores that sell everything (glassware, party goods, gift wrap, toys etc). They have them in chemists & priceline but they are sooooo much dearer, make sure you get a colour that is as close to your hair colour as possible.

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Step 2.

You need scissors, needle and thread to match the colour of your sponge.

Hair rat Step 3.

Cut the hair bun sponge. One simple cut and now you have a sausage instead of a donut. You will need to cut it to the length you prefer. I paired my black hair rat next to my old brown hair rat to ensure the new one is the right length.

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 Step 4.

Thread that needle and stitch your rat so it doesn’t roll open. This time I didn’t have to do it but eventually I will need to as the thread that is currently holding it together isn’t secured properly. It will start opening up at the ends and it’s easy to fix. With previous hair rats I have made the original donut shaped sponge once cut was really thick, so I had to cut the thread holding it all together, unwinding the roll until it was the right thickness and then cutting the excess off and restitching. If you plan on using a hair rat regularly then it’s worth the effort but if you can get a smaller thickness hair bun sponge in the first place this will save you time unwinding/restitiching.

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Step 5.

Use your hair rat!

A little bit of pre-planning is helpful here but not totally necessary if you are doing Bettie Page faux bangs. I prefer to set it the night before because it’s easier & quicker for me to do my hair the following day. I rolled my damp hair in foam rollers and sectioned a triangle section of hair at the crown of my head. I use a bit of hair serum to help smooth it out & use my newly created hair rat to roll it and use bobby pins to secure it. It’s rough and not very tidy at all but the point of this is to get that curl to help me roll it properly in the morning. I wrapped my hair in a lovely vintage red nylon scarf and kept it safe from any tossing & turning I may do while sleeping.

Bettie Page bangs

 Now, I am no expert when it comes to rolling my hair in rollers. I have only been doing this for about 2 years and I know I am getting faster at doing it. Initially it took me almost 2 hours, sectioning and trying to roll and re-roll and re-re-roll. Now it’s 45 minutes at the most. I have thick long hair and rolling the back is the hardest. I will section the sides and roll those first. Then section the back into 3 parts. The middle part is the bit I do next. It sucks and I know from behind it probably looks a right mess. Then the other two parts are rolled. Practise, practise and practise. Watch tutorials on YouTube, there are heaps and they are easy to follow and understand.

Vintage hairstylesWhile my hair was still in the rollers I started on my Bettie Page faux bangs. I take out the pins that are holding the faux hair rat and use Brylcreem to smooth my hair and make it shiny. I use a tail comb to smooth it all out and then start the roll at the ends of the hair which has some mean curl action happening and it makes it so easy to wrap around the hair rat. Then you roll and roll and roll all the way up to the forehead and using bobby pins, you pin it in place at the base of the rat & your hair roots. It takes practise and can be a bit fiddly but persevere.

Bettie Page BangsRolling, rolling and pinning. Taa daa! All done and then it’s time to move onto the next section, taking out those curlers. I don’t put hair spray on until I am done doing all my hair. Try and be careful taking the rollers out around your newly rolled bang.

Vintage hairstylesNo pics of me taking the foam rollers out but I start with taking the rollers out at the base of my head and work my way up. I unwind the curls to keep them from going all frizzy. Once they are all done I have all these cute Shirley Temple ringlets. It’s hard to see them because of the colour of my hair but they are there.

Foam rollersNow I start running my fingers through the curls to separate them. It’s fun if you have an 80’s themed party to go to…you could get to this stage and stop because my hair is a big curly bouffant. This time however it was still a little damp, even a blast with the hair dryer didn’t help.

vintage hairstylesOnce you have run your fingers through those curls you need to start brushing and brushing and yup…more brushing. This bit takes ages and there are times when I seriously want to quit and shave it all off but instead I just keep brushing. I use a paddle brush and eventually it comes into this amazing curl. You might also want to put some serum or smoothing lotion onto your hands to help with any frizz while you are brushing.

Vintage hairstylesAaaand I’m done. Now it’s hard to see because of the colour of my hair but I have a mean curl happening right at the side of my hair the other side however…

Bettie Page Faux BangsMy hair was still damp-ish so the red curls worked a treat but the rest of my hair kinds went…meh. So when it doesn’t want to work…FLOWERS!! In the past if this has happened I have ended up doing victory rolls on either side of my head but a flower it was today.

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

Ooh and I love my Erstwilder Harvey the Hot Rod Cadillac brooch!! I was going to go to a car show so I wanted to show ‘my car’ off! It rained and by the time we arrived most of the cars had left. I think they will be having another car show in February so hopefully the weather will be kind to us then.

Cheers
Alex

Sewing lessons – It’s completed!!!

I did it!!!

I finished my skirt and I am thrilled!!!

I actually finished it about 4 weeks ago but just never got a chance to have some proper pics taken of the finished skirt, last night was my first opportunity so here it is.

Sewing lessons 1940s skirt

I am really proud of my effort and because Melbourne had some amazing warm days in the first week of September I did actually wear my skirt outside…in the world…and it was perfect. Made all the more better because I FREAKIN MADE THIS BABY!!!.

Sewing lessons 1940s skirtYup…handmade by me!

Sewing lessons 1940s skirt

So, what to do now? Well I decided to do a top next.  A good friend of mine is a collector of vintage patterns and she recently finished an adorable blouse from a pattern made in 1944.

1944 Blouse PatternCopyright 1944

1944 Blouse Pattern

I couldn’t help myself, I have to make this top. So I borrowed the top and tried it on – perfect fit and works so well with my Freddies of Pinewood jeans.

The pattern is a 34 inch bust and I AM NOT a 34 inch bust. So I copied the pattern onto interfacing – no way in hell I am cutting up a paper pattern from the 40’s!

I then skillfully (HA!) added an extra 3cms to the sleeves and sides of the pattern – the black lines are the original lines on the pattern and the red is my attempt at increasing the size of the top.

1944 Blouse Pattern

When I got into my sewing lesson I showed my teacher the pattern and my friends blouse and my ahem…dodgy alterations to the pattern size and I decided that was my next challenge. It’s a gorgeous top and I will actually make a few of them and shock horror…will go and buy the same fabric as my friends version just because it’s so freakin perfect!!

The real deal – vintage sewing pattern instructions.

1944 Blouse Pattern

So by the end of my lesson I managed to finish my skirt and started cutting my fabric out ready for my gorgeous blouse, just hoping that it does actually fit when it’s done. If not, then that’s ok. It’s all good practise I suppose!

 Ready to cut the fabric.

1944 Blouse Pattern

Cheers
Alex