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Free Pattern: 1950s Crochet Blouse with Oversized Collar

Monday, February 20, 2017

This cute blouse from 1957 has a removable oversized collar trimmed in beading and finally, not a knitting pattern but crochet! See my free patterns page for more vintage knitting, crochet and sewing patterns

free vintage 1950s crochet blouse collar pattern from Va-Voom Vintage

Outfit: Just me at home

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Both of my kids are in school for most of the day so my week days are filled with plenty of time alone. Although I love the sounds of the house when they're home, I do cherish my quiet, alone time. Monday afternoon, I listened to The Talking Heads radio on Pandora and got a little work done. Nothing fancy for me today, just comfy overalls that I thrifted from the Goodwill outlet. My day 3 crazy curls are clipped back into 2 little buns.

For the past few months, I've been paying special attention to keeping the dining room tidy and cozy. Often this area is our muti-purpose crafty/homework/fixing things/clutter drop area. When dinner time comes, the dining room is such a mess, we end up eating in the living room, which is really not ideal. Every week I replace the table cloth, I set the table daily and light candles at meal times. It makes such a difference. I even kind of love ironing the folds out of the cloths. Since my kids are still little though, I think I need to pick up a clear vinyl table cover to go over my lovely vintage ones because they have been taking a beating with little kid food spills and constant stain removers. I never buy pristine table clothes to begin with for this reason but I'd like them to last a while anyway!

After housework is done, I flip through a stack of old magazines in search of new knitting patterns to share. I share a new one here on the 20th of the month, you can get them all here or check my free patterns page

I check the clock and it's only noon so I grab lunch and knit for a while while I watch a movie. I found Jason and the Argonauts on Popcorn Flix (a free movie app) and I haven't watched that since my mythology class in high school.

While I watch part 2 of Jason and the Argonauts, I realize some of my etsy stock is getting low and I need to make some new Lucite initial brooches for my shop, Tinseltown Accessories. These start out as a strip of clear plastic that is heated, bent and twisted into shape.

I keep them clear until they're ordered and then they're hand painted with a resin based translucent paint so they don't chip. This "Q" was just painted in red and when it's done curing will get a pin back and its ready to go!  I get a few brooches made before its 3:00 and the kids are on their way home from school and then its time for homework, dinner and family movie night. This week's movie pick is Beetlejuice.

Outfit: A little off the trail

Monday, January 23, 2017

On Saturday, St Louis was surprised with a warm sunny day, which is pretty rare for January. I knew it wouldn't last for long so we took the kids on a walk after breakfast to soak up some sun and explore the wooded trails near home.

I almost wore pretty shoes but with all of the rain that we've had lately, I'm glad that I changed into comfortable, smart boots instead. The trails were relatively dry but I'm an off-trail kind of girl and the leaves and moss were still pretty soggy. 

Weekends are usually lazy hair days, especially when we stay in. I've been experimenting with new ways to fix my hair that don't involve curling. My hair is naturally straight and although pin curls are a no-fail method for me, I don't always have the time or determination to pin curl my hair before bed. I've never been good at braiding but over Christmas, my sister showed me how she braids her daughters hair. After some practice on Olivia, I thought I'd try a braided crown on myself. It's still not perfect but definitely getting there and a more elegant style than my usual lazy day hair choice of sloppy bun. It's tricky doing a sideways french braid on myself but I think practice makes perfect! 

We found a fallen tree with cave-like roots clinging to mud. Olivia wanted to investigate but not without her protector little brother by her side. They took turns sliding down the mud hill on the other side but I never mind the extra laundry from muddy butt pants!

I can't wait till the weather warms up for the season so we can go on more nature walks and bring a picnic. I am hoping for a good snow before them because the woods and river are so beautiful and quiet, all blanketed in snow and ice. 

boots: ebay
green skirt- thrifted
mosaic brooch- passed down from my Great Grandma Alma
leather bag- thrifted
stripe top- Target
vintage cardigan- thrifted

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