Where has February gone? I swear, it was just Valentine's Day and now it's almost March! Before we begin a new month, I wanted to share this month's projects for our 40s Fashion Calendar.

For those who are new, the 40s Fashion Calendar Challenge includes monthly projects and a very basic starter wardrobe. By the end of this year, we will put together 12 1940s outfits using staple pieces and a few special accessories that we make ourselves.

Getting started with the 40s Fashion Calendar Challenge
January- make a corsage for your winter coat and handbag

This month, we'll make a simple 40s blouse and a matching turban. You can wear this blouse with the skirt from your suit staple or if your closet is more varied, pair it with trousers. This summer, it'll be an adorable addition to shorts or overalls and you can wear your turban any time.

I used a bright cotton print from Joanne Fabrics and Simplicity blouse #1692 view D. This blouse is a simple shape with no sleeves or button holes, great for a beginner. The blouse gets its shape with pleats and tucks under the bust and at the lower back and it has a loop and button closure at the shoulder, which could be very cute and nautical in red, white and blue combinations.

The turban is made from Wearing History's turban pattern. Instead of wrapping and tying a scarf, it's all sewn in place and ready to slip on any time. I love the over-sized bow and gather details. If you prefer a more understated turban, try Wearing History's other turban pattern, in this same pack. The fedora pattern in this set would be a perfect hat for your 40s fashion calendar staple hat, which calls for a hat with a brim. I was going to use a hat in my stash but this one is so fabulous, I think I will have to get some felt and make it for myself!

Wearing History Coupon: Lauren from Wearing History is providing a coupon for Va-Voom Vintage readers- save 15 % off the 40s hat wardrobe pattern with code "40sFeb"