*gasp!* Is that an outfit post? Why, yes it is! I know, pretty lame to have a fashion blog and hardly any outfit posts! It's my goal to actually take pictures when I get all dolled up in the future!

Several weeks ago, I received my giveaway prize from Arthelia's Attic and now I'm a snood snob! I have several snoods in every color but green. Naomi sent me a beautiful handmade green snood in addition to an Arthelia's Attic tote bag and coffee mug, adorable vintage hat and a vintage copy of one of her favorite books, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" I slipped the snood on right away and have hated my cheap rayon snoods ever since!

I bought my snoods from costume or accessory stores in the mall. They're great because they're affordable, easy to find and come in a variety of colors. I thought "a snood is a snood!" I was -so- wrong! Naomi's handmade snood was not only beautiful but incredibly well made! Her snoods are hand crocheted, using vintage patterns. Unlike my cheap-o rayon snoods, the elastic is covered very well by the crocheted thread and you don't need over a dozen pins to secure it in place! I slipped it on and wore it around for hours with no need for an extra pin or clip to keep it from sliding off! The sturdy materials help the snood to keep a nice shape instead of sagging like a sack like the cheapies. Needless to say, I'm hooked (no pun intended)!

For any of your lovelies that have crazy hair days, failed pin curls or are just too busy to deal with your hair, I -highly- recommend a lovely handmade snood from Arthelia's Attic!! She has many beautiful colors to choose from in different styles. You can see her snoods and other pretties on her etsy shop, Arthelia's Attic

On to the outfit....I sewed this 1947 summer day dress about a month ago and haven't worn it till today! I used the retro Butterick re-release of pattern number 5209.
The fabric is that dirt cheap, tissue thin cotton that you find in the bargain bin of your local fabric store. I fell in love with the cameo rose print and with Missouri summers being in the 90's-100's I needed a few really light summer dresses.
The bodice and flutter sleeves are fully lined in the same fabric and it has a side zipper. The skirt is gathered and un-lined so it flows very gently when I walk. Love it! As far as pattern difficulty goes, this one was a bit of a pain for me, mainly because of the lining but then again, I tend to just go with the flow and not read directions! I imagine that if you read the directions and weren't distracted by a screaming baby, things would turn out better.
For a curvy gal, this pattern isn't bad! The flutter sleeves are great to conceal a larger arm. The bodice has a bit of a gather to fit the bust properly. The only thing I would caution about is the low neckline. I went out with a v-neck slip under my dress and had to adjust to not show too much boob! Also, if you're top-heavy like me, the lovely fitted torso area can be kind of lost unless you're sitting up nice and straight. Tall girls, if you like a longer skirt, make sure to account for that when you cut out the fabric. I'm about 5'8 and made the dress according to the pattern and it's almost too short for my taste (hits JUST below the knee with a very tiny hem).It's a great little dress other than that. You can sew it from a day-time cotton like this or something more elegant for the evening.

Dress: Handmade by me
Cruel Shoes: payless
Snood: Arthelia's Attic
Tooled purse: antique mall find