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Outfit: Pincic Sweetheart


dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

The Missouri River floods have been on the news for several weeks so I didn't expect to get to have a walk and picnic on my favorite trail so soon! My husband was off work last Friday and we had a gorgeous sunny day so I finally got to go on the first picnic of the year.

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

I never mind the mild flooding that spring brings because it leaves a soft white silt on the path when the water recedes and old gnarled trees from somewhere upstream, perfect for a spot to sit and watch the barges and river birds. In the summer, when the water level is low, I'll hang on to this tree while I climb down a steep hill, down to the sand bar to look for pretty drift wood and fossils. 

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

I brought a vintage table cloth to sit on and some sandwiches and berries from the farmer's market for our lunch. This picnic basket is a gift from my grandma and it has a little wooden stand inside to carry a pie so it doesn't get squished. 

I wore my new Dolores Sweetheart Picnic Doll Dress from Collectif. I can't get enough of the mint green and berry print. I wish I could find the fabric to use for everything in my life. 

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

 I always wanted to try an off-the-shoulder top. I see so many cute girls on other blogs and Instagram wearing them but I thought they would slide all over the place and fall down too much. I thought I'd give this style a try though, because it can also be worn pulled up on the shoulder like a peasant blouse.

 I tried it on and slipped the sleeve down and the elastic in the top of the sleeve keeps it right where you want it to stay whether you want them up or down. Oh and it has pockets!! I'm wearing a size 4XL for reference. The Dolores dress comes in other cute prints and solids and this style is available as a mix and match separate in the Dolores top.

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

After our picnic we had time for a walk around the trail and some errands before the little ones got home from school. I can't wait for some pretty weekend weather so they can picnic with us! 





Outfit:
vintage red straw hat- antique mall
red spectator heels- BAIT footwear
bakelite bangles- various antique shops
dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

Free Pattern: 1952 Knitted Toss On Bolero

Its time for this month's free vintage knitting pattern. This one is from 1952 for an adorable basic bolero. This bolero fits bust sizes 32-38 inches but if you need help resizing please check out the resources listed at the bottom of this post. 

This is knitted in a chunkier yarn so it would be pretty quick to whip up. Since basic boleros were also popular in the 1940s, this is a great versatile addition to a vintage wardrobe. I love hand knits that can be worn all year too. Its such a disappointment to spend so much time knitting only to have to wait til the weather is right to wear it! Not so with this classic knit. Pair it with dresses, skirts or even pants for a cute 60s look. 

If you've ever wanted to learn to knit and don't know how, this is a good simple pattern to get started with. I always find wonderful tips and tutorials for beginners on Youtube so if you're not sure what a stitch means, check out Youtube! 

I hope you enjoy this month's pattern and be sure to check my Free Patterns page for more and follow along on Instagram for updates on monthly freebies! 





free 1950s knitted bolero pattern from Va-Voom Vintage




vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Pin Curl Setting Patterns from 1953



Here are a couple of classic pin curl setting patterns and brush outs from American Hairdresser Magazine 1953. American Hairdresser is a magazine for salon owners and professional stylists so they have a lot of tips for working on clients and articles about salon equipment that was available at the time. 

If you enjoyed this post, see my other old magazine scans for more vintage beauty and fashion magazines. 




 



Free Pattern: 1955 Tweed Box Coat Knitting Pattern

free 1950s knitted box coat pattern from Va-Voom Vintage


There's still some time this spring for light coats and jackets for brisk days so this month's pattern is a perfect  little tweed box coat from 1955. This coat is in a body bust size of 32-36 inches but if you need help resizing this pattern or finding the appropriate yarn, check the vintage knitting resources at the bottom of this post.

This loose fitting coat with a large collar has decorative pocket flaps and wide cuffs. It closes down the front with four large buttons. Knit it to wear this spring but bring it out again for round two this fall.

If you enjoy this pattern, check my free patterns page and follow along on Instagram for updates on new free patterns every month.







vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Look inside American Hairdresser magazine 1953


A few years ago I found a small stack of American Hairdresser magazines at an antique shop. These wonderful magazines are full of pin curl setting patterns, spectacular hairstyles to try and old ads for tools and hair products that they used back then. This issue is from 1953. This one even has a hair cut and pin curl set for a little girl that I wouldn't mind getting done for myself!

This magazine is for industry professionals so there are a lot of articles about running your salon and salon equipment. If you enjoy this post, check out my other old magazine scans for more hairstyle mags. 








Outfit: 1960s Lemon and Mint


In January, I went to a thrift store in my neighborhood one morning and I really didn't have any luck finding anything until this stripe top peeked out of a rack. I love stripes and most of mine are black and white or black and pink so it was exciting to find a slash neck stripe top that wasn't black for a change! 



I wish I could find the brand and see if they still sell this top because I'd buy one in every color if they did. Simplicity's 1364 Jiffy blouse is a pretty close match so I guess I'll have to settle for making my own. 

We went on a little walk through the neighborhood one day when it wasn't snowy and bitter cold and I wore my new stripe top and a bright yellow skirt that I thrifted last summer. Pj said I look like a peppermint candy in this outfit and I'll take that as a compliment! 

I love to wear bright colors when its so cold and gray outside, which is why I was so excited to find this lemony 60s coat in cozy wool. I think I bought it when Olivia was tiny and its been in the back of my closet for a long time I pulled it out right before we left. 



Another lucky thrift find is this plastic basket purse. I spotted it at a Goodwill one day by the school supplies. It reminded me so much of those adorable bags from Sun Jellies that I've had my eye on for a long time. This one doesn't have a brand mark so I don't know if its vintage or modern but I love it anyway and I think I'll use it even more in the summer. 



I experimented with blue eyeshadow for the first time since my teen years on this day. I used NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights that they sent me.  didn't think I'd ever crack it open since I tend to stick with copper, browns and other neutral shadows but its really fun and beautifully pigmented. I think I'll use the palette a lot now that I've been doing more 60s looks. 



Speaking of 60s, I wrote a tutorial for this beehive hairstyle a while back. It requires little to no teasing so if you want to give it a whirl, check it out! 


Outfit:

vintage 60s coat: thrifted
vintage chiffon scarf- thrifted
stripe top- thrifted
yellow skirt-thrifted
basket purse- thrifted
black flats- Target


Outfit: At the frozen pond



Last week I shared a walk to this beautiful little park near home but I wanted to go back and show you the frozen pond and all of the wildflowers and plants.





Usually, wildflowers are only appreciated in the summer when they're in full bloom but I love a field with crunchy plants under foot and little tufts of seeds that haven't been blown away yet. There's even a tiny bit of green with these soft looking ferns that lay close to the ground.






It was a little cold this morning so I wore one of my Pendleton 49er jackets and jeans. This top is one of my absolute favorites that I can't get enough of. I sewed it myself with Simplicity's Jiffy blouse #1364. I want to sew a dozen more in various colors, especially greens.





For several seasons we had a vine by our kitchen porch that grew these seed pods that were full of fluff once they turned brown. The kids loved to play with them. I can't resist pulling the silky puffs out and making a wish while I blow them away.



This park has several picnic tables and I can't believe we've never had a picnic here with how close it is to home. I think we will have to do that as soon as the weather warms up enough.




Outfit
blouse- made by me with Simplicity 1364
vintage pendleton 49er jacket- thrifted
jeans-thrifted, originally from Target
loafers-also thrifted
bakelite- various antique malls and flea markets


























Outfit: Scenic Skirt



Sometimes I go thrift shopping with no real plan of what I'm looking for. I just wander around and see what I find. The day I found this skirt was one of those days. I had already been to a few shops and didn't really  have any luck so I was feeling kind of "meh" about shopping by that point.




While walking down a long, tightly crammed skirt rack I saw the sequins and pink of this skirt pop right out at me. I pulled it out for a closer view and fell in love with it. I thought it might be original vintage at first because of the beautiful scenic print but its a modern skirt. I think it was originally from JC Penny or Kohls or something like that. It is covered in black sequins but the camera sadly couldn't capture the sparkle.





My wrap top is actually one of those modern trendy cardigans that are lightweight tee shirt material and kind of boxy but I think I'm going to sew it into a wrap top permanently. For now its tucked into my skirt to hold it in place.



There's a very pretty little park close to home that we walked to on this morning. It has a small pond surrounded by a little field of wildflowers. There's a gazebo that people rent for weddings and photos in the spring and summer.




 There's a little border where the landscaping ends and the wild native plants take over and the city cuts a small path through it so you can explore closer to the pond's edge. I come here often in the spring and summer on our way to the playground with the kids but we don't often get to explore its beauty in the winter so I'm glad we did on this day.


Outfit:
top- from my sister
skirt- thrifted
flats- Walmart