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Summer Teen Fashions from May 1955

I've been planning some summer sewing projects for myself and I've found a lot of wonderful inspiration in my old magazines. Here's a look inside American Girl Magazine from 1955. American Girl was a Girl Scout Magazine and has a lot of ads for branded Girl Scout clothing and accessories, fashion articles and teen comics. This issue had several adorable vintage swim suits and beautiful summer sun dresses. 

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







Free Pattern: 1950s Dress with Detachable Capelet Knitting Pattern

free vintage 1950s knitting pattern dress with triangle pockets and capelet


I've never had the patience to knit an entire dress before but this 1957 ensemble is one I would make an exception for. The elegant shape of the pencil dress is elevated with a detachable capelet and fabulous triangle pockets at the hips. The waist cinches with a matching belt. If anything, I may have to make a capelet (or two...or three..) to pair with dresses and skirts that I already have.

This dress comes in size 32-38 inch bust but if you need help resizing this pattern, check the bottom of this post for vintage knitting resources.

If you enjoyed this post and would like more free vintage knitting and crochet patterns, check my free patterns page and follow along on Instagram for my latest free patterns.











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

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