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Snood Snob and the Dress She Made

Saturday, July 24, 2010



*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

17 Responses to “Snood Snob and the Dress She Made”

  1. gorgeous hair style and just love the dress you made! love your blog, so inspiring! x

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  2. That dress is lovely, as is your snood, and your hairstyle is amazing!! You look so beautiful!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  3. That dress is SO much cuter then the envelope picture! I have had it for a while and now will have to make one too.
    PS...So glad you love your snood! I'm blushing, your so sweet!

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  4. Your new dress and you both look absolutely lovely!

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  5. I know! Her snoods are amazing! I never wear my old one anymore. Once I get a job and have money I'm definitely getting another.
    Your dress is fabulous by the way! I really need to get some patterns and figure out how to make my own dresses.

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  6. Ooooh! So cute! I've been really wanting to get a snood! I bet it would help wonders on bad hair days. Now I'll have to check out Athelia's Attic for a handmade one before I look anywhere else. Great dress too! Where do you find these reprint vintage patterns? Do they sell them at normal fabric stores?

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  7. Thanks, ladies! Yes, snoods are a MUST have item and Naomi's are the best!! This pattern and most of the ones I use are re-prints available at your local fabric store! Butterick, Simplicity, McCalls and Vogue all have stunning vintage patterns in modern day sizes (up to a 22 or 24!). Always check your store sales ads. I buy all of mine on sale for 99 cents, except for Vogue which usually goes on sale for $3.99 each, still a steal compared to $25-$30 each!
    As for sewing your own dresses, I will be posting "Vintage Sewing Lessons" in the very near future for those of you who have always wanted to learn to sew. The lessons are from 2 1940's books about how to sew! Can't wait to share them with everyone! xoxo

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  8. You are SO adorable - and I never knew that hair thingie was called a snood! Learn something new every day I guess ;)

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  9. You know I have that pattern and haven't made it yet but you look so cute I'm going to give it a go, but thank for the tip on the neckline, I'm really short so it will be even worse for me!

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  10. wow you are looking cute, esp in that first photo. great dress too

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  11. you look great with that snood!

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  12. You look adorable - great work on the dress.

    And I'm super jealous of your perfect victory rolls! Every time I feel smug that I've got the style nailed, I realise that mine are actually a poor imitation of proper rolls! *Sob*

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny

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  13. I am still yet to buy a snood, but when I do I'll have to get one from Arthelia's Attic as they seem such good quality. And I have that pattern too! You look gorgeous! x

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  14. Oh gosh! I totally forgot to let you know that I received my prize! I emailed Mary to let her know that it got here safely, then went to email you and then got distracted and totally forgot until now... oops :(
    But the jewellery is beautiful, and very well made. I have had plenty compliments, so thank you again! xx

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  15. You look beautiful!I have one of those snoods on my etsy wish list,they are lovely:)
    Thanks so much for your wonderful blogs ,i enjoy them both immensely.
    Hope you had a great weekend.
    xxx

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  16. Oh, this is so pretty. I love the print. I'm hoping to be able to sew my own dresses one day. Maybe your upcoming tutorial will teach me. I am looking forward to it and more outfit posts! You look great and should do more of these. And I must say that your shiny new blog design is fabulous! Love it.

    See 'ya round the VN!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  17. I love that first picture of yours! It is mighty cute!!

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