Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bridesmaid

Last weekend was the wedding of my best friend, Britt, and I was a bridesmaid! When it came to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, I offered my sewing services to create us something one-of-a-kind. There were a few design ideas kicked around, but in the end we decided to go with this design inspired by a 1919 Vionnet dress. Britt's colour scheme was shades of blue, so we went with a royal blue material with black hems+belt. I love this dress so much!! I am going to be making a few for the shop (in different material), since it's just such a pretty and flattering style.

I'll post more about the wedding once we get the official photos back, but for now here are some photos I took of the dress after the wedding. I tried really hard to smile in the photos but I was pretty exhausted by that point. It was a lovely but very long day. Time to sleep for a week!






 That's All.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Almost Autumn

Hello everyone! Long time no see. Last month was not the best health month for me and I haven't been around the ol' interwebs as much as normal. Just the last couple days have been a bit better energy-wise, so I'm enjoying it while I can. My best friend's wedding is coming up soon and I'm certain I will absolutely shattered after that! 

I just passed my final driving test and am now a fully licensed driver! (Ontario has a graduated license system meaning you have to take a written test plus two different driving tests over a few years before you are fully licensed. I've technically been able to drive for many years, just not alone on some of the major highways). To celebrate, my parents took me to Cobourg. It was a lovely afternoon of driving in the beautiful countryside and sipping lattes in a quirky independent coffee shop. 

I haven't dressed up in ages. When I'm not feeling well, dressing up is just too much effort and thus doesn't happen. But I don't feel like myself in normal clothes, so I took the opportunity today to put on something vintage-inspired. I wore my me-made grey-wool skirt, hand-knitted 3-hour sweater plus a matching hat from a 1930's pattern, and a necklace/earring set I made a few years ago. I also brought along a shawl (which you can see off to the side in the photos) as it was a touch cool out when we left.  





I am so happy autumn is soon arriving. Bring on the wool and knitwear!!!!! I've just cast on yet another 3-hour sweater (this makes #5), because I may have gone to the yarn store after passing my test and may have been overwhelmed by the yarn fumes and may have succumb to buying even more yarn... Celebratory yarn purchases are hard to resist! Even though I have zero need for more yarn, I bought enough for 2 more 3-hour sweaters. One will be in autumnal shades of brown and copper, with the other one in wintery shades of blue, grey, and silver. Did I mention I already have several other projects on the needles that I have yet to finish? I think I may have a problem. (The problem is not enough time and not enough yarn, obviously­čśë)

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

That's All. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shopping for Fall Clothing (1920)

I've been fantasy shopping in old catalogs again. Browsing through antique mail order catalogs has long been a hobby of mine and oh how I wish I could actually order from them still! With autumn approaching, I've started to think about my fall wardrobe and what gaps need filling. I will post an updated wardrobe plan in the near future, but for now here is my wishlist if time-travel was possible and I could order from the 1920 Eaton's Fall/Winter catalog!

I'm loving the plum coloured coat on the right. The lower neckline would suit me better than the high collars, plus it would be the perfect shade for when winter rolls around.

I may have to get a few of these dresses. Hmm... let's see... The green one for sure and the turquoise one. I rather like the navy one on the far right and at only $11 I may as well order one of those too.  

Yes. All of them.

A big shawl would be perfect for the colder months ahead. The serviceable all-wool shawl for $2.50 will do.  

This is hard choice, but I think I will go with the hat on special bargain. It would be easy to add extra trimmings to if I fancied something a little bolder. Although that smart velveteen hat is also calling my name...

I should pick up an apron for wearing around the house. I think I'll go with the bungalow apron.

A new chemise or two as well, I think. 

Yes to any of these.

Ditto.

Before I place my order, I may as well add some yarn because...well.... yarn.


Well, that was fun. I do wish one could still order from old catalogs because they have the loveliest items. At least it gives inspiration and ideas for styles to be on the lookout for. Maybe next time I should go furniture shopping and redo my rooms.

And if anyone invents a time machine... can you pick me up a few things?

That's All.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More Showers


Last Saturday was my best friends second bridal shower. I shall not get into how I feel about there being a second shower, especially since it was a "personal" shower (i.e. everyone, including elderly relatives, had to bring panties + lingerie for the bride), parties take a massive toll on my health, and the fact that I had already put approx. 50+ hours into my gift for the first shower. I will let you draw your own conclusions about my mood that day.... I feel I should mention this second shower was not the brides decision. She is such a lovely person and good friend, and it was for that reason that I attended (albeit, under-protest). Anyways, enough grumbling! 

I wasn't sure what one wears to a panty-party, but I figured a vintage nightgown set was a good choice. This soft mint green nightgown+jacket is so comfortable and I'm pretty sure everyone just thought it was a dress. With the surging prices on vintage dresses, vintage nightwear is a relatively cheap alternative and can be styled to look dress-like. I paired mine with a thin black belt, vintage-style hat, and some striped flats.  


Suffering with chronic illness means parties are hard. Like, really hard. I'm still recovering days later, even though I took 2 days beforehand to rest up. I'm also recovering from a hand/wrist strain that happened last week. Recovering is so boring! I'm limited with what I can do with my hands at the moment so my normal diversions are off-limits (including video editing). Luckily, I have a touchscreen computer so I can still read blogs and look at instagram without the hand-strain caused by using a mouse. Hopefully in a few days, I will be back to normal.

I did finish some knitting projects before the hand-strain (actually, I'm still doing a little bit of knitting as it helps to loosen up my hands and isn't what caused the injury in the first place). The first project finished was this Edwardian sweater. The pattern is a free one from a 1918 "Columbia Books of Yarns". I mistakenly knit the entire sweater on the wrong sized needles (whoops!), but it turned out ok in the end. The arms are a bit snug/short, but the sweater is still very wearable and I prefer 3/4 or 1/2 length sleeves anyways. 



This was the original illustration for the pattern:

Yeah... mine didn't really turn out like the picture. Oh well. Live and learn. 

I love the yarn I used on the cuffs/collar, but I would never use the main yarn again. The splits, pills, and matted bits in the yarn ruined the smoothness of my knitting.  It was a mess and it does make the sweater look less well knit than it is. The camera shows up the yarn flaws more than it looks in person, so I still plan on wearing it, just perhaps not on days when I will be photographed. For more details on the project, check out my ravelry project page. 

The other project I finished is a 1950's bolero. It's so cute but I have yet to photograph it, so stay tuned for that!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

That's All.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cottage Days

I recently returned from a lovely few days up at the family cottage. There was lot of swimming, yarn shopping, and coffee sipping, and it was glorious. It was a surprisingly busy and exhausting week but somehow it managed to be refreshing as well. 

I didn't really take any outfit shots while I was up there, but I did have to take some photos of my new bathing suit. Yup... I now have an Edwardian-style swimsuit. I knew I needed a new swimsuit this year and opted to make something a little more covered up than my previous 1940's bikini. The reason? Well, mainly because the lake is always freezing plus I think Victorian/Edwardian bathing suits are adorable. I had a friend who used to always wear a wet suit to go swimming in the lake, so I figured this is just a cuter version of that. 

The material has a great texture and looks a bit like wool on one side, but it actually very similar to modern swimsuit material. It's super comfy and stretchy enough to make movement easy. I did plan on doing some real swimming in this thing so I worked hard to make sure it was a functional garment. I didn't actually wear the tights or ribbon belt for swimming, but the rest of it made for an excellent swimming costume. The only downside is that it takes forever to dry out.



I researched a lot of historical suits styles before designing mine. In the end, I opted for an Edwardian  suit rather than Victorian (it seemed a little more practical). Most suits also seemed to have a sailor collar, so I felt that detail was a must-have on my suit. While most of the original suits were not black, this fabric was on a very good sale so I opted to add in colour with the trim instead. My main inspiration was the swim costume top-left in the below image:

I'm sure I looked quite a sight floating around in a giant swan in my Edwardian bathing costume...



You may have already seen part of my Canada Day outfit on instagram, but I thought I would repost the uncropped versions here. I wore this the day we left for the cottage and snapped a few quick pictures after loading up the car. I was hot, grumpy, and tired when these photos were taken, but hopefully it doesn't show too much. 

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer so far!

That's All. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Birthday


Monday this week was my 27th birthday. I found this birthday more difficult than most since my health has had me in a bit of a slump lately. My thyroid issues are actually a lot better, but my cfs/me has been bad lately and left me with very little energy for fun. Luckily, I managed to get out and have an enjoyable (low-key) birthday. We went to my fav. small town for coffee and a wander in the afternoon, followed by takeout from a local restaurant and a relaxing family dinner at home. 

Of course I needed a special birthday outfit. It was rather tricky picking something out this year though. The heat/humidity was a major concern, plus I have lost some weight (yay, thyroid!) and a lot of my clothes don't fit quite right. I finally decided on this skirt, which is an old favourite but which hasn't fit in a long time. The plaid print is very similar to the Gordon tartan (part of my family originally emigrated from Scotland and that was their clan), which makes it extra special. The skirt was me-made a long time ago and has a matching cape (which I was not going to wear in this heat!). The blouse was bought many years ago from a store that no longer exists, and the hat was purchased as one of my first forays into vintage fashion. It's not actually vintage but I've always thought it looks rather 1930s.  

And below we have a picture of my homemade Birthday Cake. It's a grain-free, gelatin-free, refined-sugar-free cheesecake, sweetened with fruit (blueberries, strawberries, and cherries) and a just a spoonful or two of local honey. The crust is made from almonds, pecans, coconut, and some cacao powder. I also made three fruit whipped creams to match the swirls of fruit in the cheesecake and decorated with an edible flower. It was delicious.

I recieved lots of lovely gifts from my family, most of which I've photographed below:



In other news, I just completed my first short film and have posted it over on my YouTube channel. It's completely different than what I normally do, but it was a lot of fun to make:



If you prefer my regular content, this week's video was a Colleen Moore makeup tutorial:



I have also finally made an Instagram account! I don't have a cell-phone and up until recently was not able to use all the features using their computer interface. However, they just updated it and I am now able to use all the features I was missing before. I haven't quite decided how I'm going to use it yet. It won't replace my blog, but I'll likely use it to post things that seem out of place on here (such as photos from old magazines, what I'm reading, maybe some works in progress for the shop, etc). My account is thelonghairedflapper (same name as my youtube channel) and I've added to link to the bar at the top of my blog.

I'll admit I was hesitant to join. I don't need one more thing to keep track of and Instagram seems to have less substance than blogs. While I like pretty pictures, I do also like reading and learning about people and various historical topics. However, over the past year or two it seems like more and more of the vintage community has stopped blogging and switched to Instagram. I understand it's appeal but I do miss the deeper conversations/connections that blogging gives. I'm going to give it a go and try to use it in a way that feels right for me.
As I just signed up, I'm not following many people yet so if you have an account let me know!

I hope everyone had a great week.

That's All. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Changing Seasons

It seems the summer weather has suddenly arrived. I'm not ready!! I'm not a big fan of summer or it's clothing. The days are too warm for my liking and I prefer spring/fall fashions to those of the hot sticky months ahead. I also came to the startling realization the other day that I have very little actual summer wear in my wardrobe, at least for the very high temp days. When I made my wardrobe plan, I somehow missed the fact that I had hardly any light clothing (denial perhaps?). So now I'm scrambling to get a few pieces ready before the humidity reaches oppressive proportions. 

Speaking of sewing: I just finished my new grey wool skirt... just in time for summer.... Ok, perhaps not the best timed piece but I still love this skirt! I'm trying to eke out as much wear as possible for now by combining it with the few lightweight tops I own. This skirt is such a versatile piece and works well with a variety of styles and decades. I paired it the other day with a cotton gingham 1940's/1950's style me-made top and my Victorian style boots. This sort of outfit has a vintage-vibe without being too fussy for going out for coffee and a few errands. I wore my hair (almost)down since it was just re-hennaed and it seemed a shame to tuck it up or hid it under a hat. 








I've been getting a lot of knitting done lately including a long-sleeve Edwardian Pullover and a new pair of Edwardian socks (again, perhaps not the best timing). I haven't finished sewing all the sweater pieces together quite yet, but the socks are completely done. I must admit, I'm not a big fan of these socks. The pattern seemed interesting but the final sock fits oddly. The toe area is snug and the top-of-foot/heel area is way too loose (even on my rather large feet). It was an interesting project to work on, but I couldn't recommend the pattern. 

Don't they look odd when not on a foot?! It's actually surprising they fit at all.


I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

That's All.