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Free Pattern: Two 1940s Short Sleeve Blouse Knitting Patterns

Friday, January 20, 2017

1940s free vintage pin up sweater knitting pattern from Va-Voom Vintage

This 1940s knitting book is beginning to crumble and has had a lot water marks, small rips and wear over the decades. Before it cracks and crumbles to dust, I'd like to post the patterns here to share! There's some truly fabulous sweaters in here.  Enjoy these two beautiful knits from 1942 to start with!

See my free patterns page for more free knitting, crochet and sewing patterns

Free Pattern: 1950s Crochet Fur Trimmed Blouse

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Finally, a crochet sweater pattern! This one from 1957 is done in a beautiful lace pattern and trimmed in fur. See my free patterns page for more vintage crochet, knitting and sewing patterns.

1950s free vintage crochet blouse fur trimmed pattern

2016 Ultimate Vintage Black Friday Sales List

Friday, November 25, 2016

 Last year's huge black friday sales list was such a big hit, I decided to do another this year featuring all of the wonderful vintage shops, repro companies and other retro small businesses that serve our vintage community.  Last year on black Friday, I was online all day long scanning for sales to add and this year will be no different, I'm sure so please do check back as new sales will be added constantly.  If you have a vintage business with a sale for the holidays, email me at or tag me on your sales post on instagram @vavoomvintage to be added to the list!

 Shops are alphabetical:

LAST UPDATE 11/25 11.01 AM CST

American Duchess- historical footwear freebies of your choice included in orders (historical stockings, shoe care products, button hooks for Victorian boots)

Atomic Swag- retro tees  TBA

Bait Footwear- TBA 30% off entire site including sales items, no coupon needed

Bernie Dexter TBA

Bread and Roses Vintage- 40% off orders of $10 or more with code INDIESBSSALE now through the end of November

Cats Like Us- 25% off with code HOLIDAY16-25 expires Monday at midnight

Collectif - 25% off through 11-28 with code BLACKFRIDAY16

Daisy Jean Floral handmade vintage inspired hair accessories-20% off entire stock use coupon BLACKFRIDAY

Dames a la Mode- handmade 18th century Georgian jewelry, lots of markdowns in the Black Friday Sales shop section

Dandelion Vintage antique to mid century clothing 20% off all stock now through 11-28

Dinky Craft - rockabilly and retro jewelry lots of deals and free shipping with code DINKYBLACKFRIDAY

Doll Me Up Darling- Up to 60% off everything now through 11-28, no coupon needed

Dolly and Dotty- Up to 60% off everything now through Monday

Eleanor Hats 20% off with coupon FRIDAY20
Emily's Vintage Visions-vintage clothing on etsy20% off everything now through Dec 10th use code "SPECIAL20"

eShakti- 30% off site wide, no coupon needed

Flashback Summer- handmade turbans  20% off with code THANKS789 on Black Friday

Freddies of Pinewood vintage style jeans and denim TBA

Glitter Paradise  handmade jewelry and accessories20-50% off, new articles listed every few hours!

Golden Era Vintage Jewelry  facebook sale- anything in all albums $10 and under only $3 each. Anything $11 and over 25% off
Hourglass Angel TBA

Jubly-umph- darling retro, hand drawn accessories and home decor- TBA 

Lady V London Up to 60% off, no coupon needed

Lindy Bop-Lots of items on sale in the black Friday sales section

Little Bits Cosmetic Company Historical Apothecary and Cosmetics25% off with code HOLIDAY25

Livin Vintage Shop the sales section for 25% off 11/24-11/29 and get an extra 5% off with EXTRATHANKS at checkout

Lux de Ville- sparkly handbags - Sale TBA

Luxulite- handmade lucite confetti jewelry 10% off everything and new sale items added. Use coupon BLACKSPA

Maddy James- vintage inspired lounge wear TBA

Martinis and Slippers- vintage inspired brooches 25% off use code BlackFriday2016 through Monday
Match Accessories- 35% off Friday-Monday use code HOLIDAY16 at checkout

Meteor Jewelry- vintage inspired jewelry 35% off all orders through 11/29 including sales. Use code THANKS35

Mischief Made retro tees 20-70% off Friday-Saturday, Coupon code TBA

Miss Fortune Clothing Up to 70% off no coupon needed

Miss L Fire- Black Friday sales listed on the site now through the 28th

Modcloth- Use code FRIDAY40 for 40% off orders $200 or more. FRIDAY30 for 30% off orders $100 or more  20% off everything with code FRIDAY20

Mrs Depew Vintage - vintage PDF and paper sewing patterns from 1920s-1960s TBA

My Retro Closet - handmade retro style lingerie 20% off Everything with code BF20

NicCoCo Creations- Custom hair flowers and accessories. Sign up for the newsletter for the early coupon code. Regular coupon code TBA
Oblong Box Shop- New designs and classic styles on sale, sign up for the newsletter to be the first to shop the sale through a secret link

Orchard Corset-CS-201 in Navy satin and gray cottom for $39.99 and CS-345 in royal blue satin and gray cotton for $44.99

Pinup Girl Clothing -35% off entire shop, no code needed

Powder Vintage - vintage clothing on etsy 40% off Black Friday deals marked down in store

Queen of Heartz TBA

Redthreaded handmade historical costumes, corsets and clothing 1860s Gored Corset 22-42 inch waist size available for pre-order

Re-Mix Vintage Shoes- 10% off regularly priced styles with code CYBER 2016 through Monday 

Royal Vintage Shoes-A new shoe on sale every day for an additional $20 off for 24 hours and free US shipping

Shabby Apple  TBA

Silver Hill Creative Millinery-Shop clearance on one of a kind hats in the sales section

Sink or Swim Bowtique- vintage inspired skirts and hair accessories, handmade 20% off all items with code "blackfriday"

Soda Sweethearts- Pre-Christmas Sale 20% off everything with code CANDYCANE at checkout

Sourpuss Clothing 25% off your entire order use code BLACKEST till 11/27 

Splendette vintage inspired jewelry- 20% off bangle stands and 20% off all "fakelite" carved bangles

Steady Clothing -  30-50% off lots of styles through 11/28. Enter repost contest on Instagram to win $500 gift card @steadyclothing

Stop Staring Clothing- TBA

Summer Blue Jewelry- Handmade confetti lucite and bakelite inspired jewelry- 15% off Everything Friday-Monday and free shipping in the US use code FREESHIP  International 50% off shipping use code 50OFFSHIP

Tatyana-60% off site wide use code Friday60

The Pretty Dress Company- 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

The Vintage Cosmetic Company-30% off Everything now through 11/27

Tinseltown Accessories- My shop,  Lucite initial brooches, handmade snoods and glitter purses, 25% off entire store now through Monday use code YAYFRIDAY

Trashy Diva 30% off everything including sales items use code GOBBLEITUP

UniqueVintage 25% off everything use code BEST25  Daily deals

Very Cherry Shop  50s and 60s reproduction clothing 25% off everything with code Friday25

Violet Vixen 50% off store wide and 70% off clearance today only

Vicio Vintage Goods- Vintage costume jewelry and wedding dresses 25% off with code VIN2016 on Cyber Monday

Vivien of Holloway-Free postage this weekend only on all orders

VoodooVixen Up to 50% off till Nov 30th

Wearing History  reproduction sewing patterns 30% off E-Patterns use code THANKS2016

What Katie Did TBA

re-Mix Vintage Shoes
The Pretty Dress Company

1940s Penguin Sweater Free Vintage Knitting Pattern

Sunday, November 20, 2016

 1940s free knitting pattern penguin sweater from Va-Voom Vintage

This adorable penguin sweater is from 1946 and is knitted in 33-36 inch bust sizes. Enjoy!

Check out my Free Patterns page for more free vintage knitting, sewing and crochet patterns

 * this pattern was posted for free for everyone to enjoy. Please do not sell this pattern but please do share it! *

Outfit: Quiet House

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I woke up early, thinking it was Saturday morning but it is, in fact Wednesday. Part of being a housewife is that you're never really sure what day it is until its the weekend. I do kind of love week days, though. When the house is empty and its just me and our hamster, Zozo, who parties all night and sleeps all day. By 8:00, my house plants are basking in the sun and I turn the tv off, turn my scented wax warmers on and there's just the droning of the dryer turning in the basement.

I've been neglecting my chores for the past few days so today I have to crack down and get some work done but first I brew some coffee in my french press and sit on the porch, watching the cars go by. I stretch my legs out to rest my feet on the railings and sip my iced coffee. In the summer, clumsy bumble bees and hummingbirds fight over the obedient plant in the garden and praying mantis perch on the porch railings next to my feet but now that everything is cold and drying up, its just me.

Yesterday, I was talking to my friend, Daffny about housewife clothes. No one sees me except the bus driver and the mail carrier so why bother getting dressed up? Some days I definitely don't get out of my pajamas. But I realized on pajama days, I don't get anything done. When I get dressed, fix my hair and put on makeup, I'm a productivity machine. I dust every nook, wash the windows, sweep under the sofa and even find time to sew or knit after the clean laundry is put away. Housewives have work to do and you can't go to work in your pajamas with your hair unbrushed.

On housework days, I like to wear cotton dresses. They're easy to slip into and easy to wash. I have several that are old and show their age through wear so I don't have to worry about messing them up. If I have to run errands, they look nice enough to be in public view. Today I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses, a little 50s cotton sleeveless dress that looks cute with any color cardigan in my closet. I don't wear a lot of accessories on housework days either. Bakelite bangles get gross with my hands in the sink and brooches snag as I'm hauling laundry. Today, I decided to try one of my vintage sweater clips that I haven't worn yet. This pretty gold clip has little flowers with rhinestone petals and was a gift from a blog reader.  I ordered some new shoes from ebay that I was hoping would arrive today because they would look so cute with today's dress and what to do you know? They did! They run a little small but I'm breaking them in this week with some thick socks underneath. I think after a day or so of wear, they should be perfect!

1950s dress
thrifted black cardigan
vintage sweater clip- gift from a reader

Outfit: Exploring Home

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I've lived in my city for most of my life. We've moved only about 30 minutes from where I was born and my house that I live in now is just 5 minutes from the first house that I lived in. You'd think that 31 years in the same city, I would pretty much have seen it all by now.

This morning, I walked a straight line from my front door, across a parking lot and a street, through a park, over a trail and into the woods. The light looked so pretty through the trees. As my camera soon made me realize, the light was a bit harsh being almost 11:00. I spied a leaf- covered trail nearby and climbed through some branches and over a small hill to find trail that I've never seen before. The light on the trail was also very strong so I walked down to a shady spot and to my surprise, I came upon a bridge!

I've walked near this area countless times and never knew this beautiful little bridge was so close to home! A dirt path covered in leaves wound through a clear river bottom forest. When the river is very high, this area may flood so that towns down stream do not. According to a sign on the trail, there used to be a neighborhood and a boat launch here but decades of terrible flooding wiped out the houses and you can't even tell that this area was ever anything except a forest. Pj called me on his lunch break while I was on the bridge and he said "Oh yeah, I've been there. I've taken the kids there a few times." so I guess I'm the only on who didn't know about it!

While exploring the trail, I came upon a second little bridge and an elderly man walking a little white and gray shih tzu. I said good morning and like the lady yesterday he asked, "Did you find any beautiful things for your photos?" I said "Yes! It's so pretty here and its funny, I didn't even know this trail was here!" he said, " Oh yes, the two foot bridges. It looks like a tree fell on that one." and he pointed to the second that I hadn't crossed yet. His little dog barked and growled and he said "She growls at anyone who doesn't give her enough attention!" The wind blew through and a shower of leaves danced down through the branches and he and his little pup went on their way.

vintage 70s shirt
vintage circle skirt
thrifted red boots
thrifted leather belt
thrifted faux leather bag from Target
vintage guitar brooch 

Outfit: Catch Your Luck

Monday, November 14, 2016

1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

I love that feeling you get when you pick up again on something that you used to really love doing. Every once in a while, I'll be cleaning out a box and at the bottom, I find a remnant of  something like a dried up piece of clay that I painted or broken pieces of jewelry that I kept because I'd definitely get around to fixing and wearing it again. Sometimes I do finish one of those projects or start that hobby again and the feeling when I get it all set up and get working on it is so great, its like returning to a favorite vacation spot or driving through your old neighborhood. So comforting and you wonder why did I ever leave?

1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

Today that happened. My mother in law reminded me the other day that I haven't blogged in over a month. Before that, it was still pretty sporadic. I don't believe in making excuses or reasons for things. They either have priority and you do them or you don't do them. I've been saying "I want to blog again" for a long time but saying and doing are two different things!

This morning,  I put myself together and took my tripod and camera for a short drive to the park. I'm home alone now that both kids are in school so the sky is the limit as far as where I go and how I spend my time. Its a beautiful autumn day and since I've been sick for the past few weeks with pneumonia, I thought I had wasted my favorite season quarantined in my bedroom with Netflix. After a very cold morning, the sun warmed everything and I thought "If I don't go out right this second, it will be snowing and the trees will be leafless before I know it!"  My sink of dishes and cluttered rooms will be there when I get back but the day won't wait.

This park has a beautiful walking trail that cuts through a bit of woods next to the Missouri River. In the summer, we take the kids here for picnics and if the water level is low enough, a few sand bars will peek out of the muddy river and we enjoy hours of skipping rocks, finding fossils and getting our feet dirty. Today, though, I thought I would take a walk through the woods, all by myself.

autumn berries via Va-Voom Vintage

1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

There's a folklore tale that my mom told me that says if you can catch an autumn leaf before it hits the ground, you'll have good luck in the new year. The woods were so quiet but every once in a while, a little breeze pushed through the trees, dropping gold leaves through the branches. I did manage to catch a little one! I also found some berries to match my brooch!

On my walk back to the car, down the trail, I came across an elderly lady with a walking stick. She watched me put my camera away and fold my tripod up. She said "Did you see anything wonderful today?" I said "Everything! It's all beautiful!"

autumn leaf via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

vintage pendleton 49er jacket
vintage leather buckle shoes
brown faux leather purse- thrifted, originally from Target
bakelite inspired cherry brooch made by me from Pins for Pin-Ups ebook

10 ways to wear a vintage hair flower

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10 ways to wear a vintage hair flower with flowers by Chatter Blossom

Flowers are a perfect way to add some classic vintage charm to your look. Wear big ones or small ones, singles or clusters, all colors and varieties! Throughout history, ladies have adorned themselves in colorful blooms and our favorite vintage decades are no exception.

I picked a gorgeous hair flower from ChatterBlossom to show you 10 ways to wear one hair flower. Chatter Blossom flowers are lovingly handmade, using authentic vintage flowers. The backing has multiple slits so you can move the clip around and style the flower differently.  I picked this cluster of white blooms with green leaves to stand out in my orangey hair and you can't go wrong with white, it goes with everything! Throughout October, Jamie is giving Va-Voom Vintage readers 10% off their order at Chatter Blossom with code VAVOOMVINTAGE10 throughout the month of October 2016!

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Here are 10 ways to wear a hair flower....

Dress up a scarf turban

how to tie a vintage scarf turban

 My hair is in pin curls here but if I have to go out with pins in, I like to take out the front pins and keep it curly and put a scarf turban on. Fold a pretty scarf into a triangle and put the scarf on, with the point over your forehead and the long edge at the nape of your neck. Tie the scarf on top of your head. Fold the triangle backwards and tuck it into the knot. Tuck the long ends into the sides. Clip your hair flower into the side of the turban

how to tie a vintage scarf turban

With a Poodle Updo
 easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower
easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower
Now I've taken my pin curls out and my hair is super curly. Pull the back section of hair into a ponytail on top of your head. Section the front into 3 sections, two ponytails on each side and leave the bangs down. Pin your bangs up if they're too long. Arrange the curls to cover your head, hairline and the hair ties. Clip a hair flower into the side
easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower

Betty Grable rolls 
1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

I've taken that curly poodle down and section the hair from in front of my ear out for the rolls. Roll the first, large roll, then clip your large hair flower in. Place the last roll right next to the flower. See my full Betty Grable victory roll tutorial for more detailed instructions on this look and how to get those rolls just right.

1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

 With a snood 

1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial

Section a large semi-circle out for the faux bangs. I've taken a mesh hair rat (mine is called Hot Buns) and rolled the hair around it snugly. Pin into a u-shape and smooth the hair over with your fingers to cover the rat. Bring the rest into a snood and clip the flower into place on the side.  Don't have a snood? Check out my shop, Tinseltown Accessories for lots of handmade snoods made by me.

1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial

1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial  
 Gibson roll

vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial

  On hot days a gibson roll is a favorite quick style and much fancier than a pony tail! Take a mesh bun form and pin it into a U shape at the back of your head. Gather your hair up and tuck it into the mesh, pinning all along. Clip your hair flower into the middle or off to the side

vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial
vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial

To conceal non-cooperating victory rolls 

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

Some days, no matter when you do, its impossible to get two matching rolls or sometimes, the hair on one side just won't cooperate! Pin your first roll into place and pull that irritating other side back with a side comb or bobby pins and clip your flower in. The bulk of a large flower balances out one victory roll

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

Sleek and chic pageboy or flip

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

A simple and elegant favorite starts with a basic pin curl set. Spray dry shampoo into the bangs and back comb them for height. Sculpt a wave with your fingers. Use a comb to brush from the top of the head to the base of your head. Shape the ends of the hair into a flip or brush them under for a Dita-inspired pageboy. Clip a hair flower to the side. See my full tutorial for how to style this pageboy, including a pin curl set.

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

In a chignon

  If your hair doesn't want to cooperate with a gibson tuck, a chignon is a great alternative. My mesh form snaps together to form a donut. Pull your hair into a ponytail, I like mine down low. Slide the ponytail through the donut and cover the donut with sections of hair, pinning them down. If your hair is long enough, you can roll the donut downwards as you roll your hair around it, like this tutorial. Pin your flower to the side of your chignon

With a braided updo 

This is an easy 1940s hairstyle that I found in a magazine ages ago. Clip a long scarf to the top of your head. Part your hair down the middle and braid two pigtails, incorporating the scarf into the braids. Wrap an elastic around the ends and tie the scarf ends into a bow at the back of your head. Clip your hair flower over the bow or on the side of your hair scarf. 

As a corsage

Aside from a hair accessory, you can use your hair flowers to embellish a handbag or as a corsage on your coat or dress.

Thank you to Chatter Blossom for supplying this beautiful hair flower and be sure to stop over and check out her selection of authentic vintage flowers in her etsy shop!