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Free Pattern: 1950s Crochet Fur Trimmed Blouse

12/20/16

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






1940s Penguin Sweater Free Vintage Knitting Pattern

11/20/16

 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

11/16/16



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!





OUTFIT
1950s dress
thrifted black cardigan
vintage sweater clip- gift from a reader

Outfit: Exploring Home

11/15/16

I've lived in my city for most of my life. We've moved only about 30 minutes from where I was born and my house that I live in now is just 5 minutes from the first house that I lived in. You'd think that 31 years in the same city, I would pretty much have seen it all by now.


This morning, I walked a straight line from my front door, across a parking lot and a street, through a park, over a trail and into the woods. The light looked so pretty through the trees. As my camera soon made me realize, the light was a bit harsh being almost 11:00. I spied a leaf- covered trail nearby and climbed through some branches and over a small hill to find trail that I've never seen before. The light on the trail was also very strong so I walked down to a shady spot and to my surprise, I came upon a bridge!






I've walked near this area countless times and never knew this beautiful little bridge was so close to home! A dirt path covered in leaves wound through a clear river bottom forest. When the river is very high, this area may flood so that towns down stream do not. According to a sign on the trail, there used to be a neighborhood and a boat launch here but decades of terrible flooding wiped out the houses and you can't even tell that this area was ever anything except a forest. Pj called me on his lunch break while I was on the bridge and he said "Oh yeah, I've been there. I've taken the kids there a few times." so I guess I'm the only on who didn't know about it!



While exploring the trail, I came upon a second little bridge and an elderly man walking a little white and gray shih tzu. I said good morning and like the lady yesterday he asked, "Did you find any beautiful things for your photos?" I said "Yes! It's so pretty here and its funny, I didn't even know this trail was here!" he said, " Oh yes, the two foot bridges. It looks like a tree fell on that one." and he pointed to the second that I hadn't crossed yet. His little dog barked and growled and he said "She growls at anyone who doesn't give her enough attention!" The wind blew through and a shower of leaves danced down through the branches and he and his little pup went on their way.


OUTFIT
vintage 70s shirt
vintage circle skirt
thrifted red boots
thrifted leather belt
thrifted faux leather bag from Target
vintage guitar brooch 













Outfit: Catch Your Luck

11/14/16


1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

I love that feeling you get when you pick up again on something that you used to really love doing. Every once in a while, I'll be cleaning out a box and at the bottom, I find a remnant of  something like a dried up piece of clay that I painted or broken pieces of jewelry that I kept because I'd definitely get around to fixing and wearing it again. Sometimes I do finish one of those projects or start that hobby again and the feeling when I get it all set up and get working on it is so great, its like returning to a favorite vacation spot or driving through your old neighborhood. So comforting and you wonder why did I ever leave?

1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

Today that happened. My mother in law reminded me the other day that I haven't blogged in over a month. Before that, it was still pretty sporadic. I don't believe in making excuses or reasons for things. They either have priority and you do them or you don't do them. I've been saying "I want to blog again" for a long time but saying and doing are two different things!

This morning,  I put myself together and took my tripod and camera for a short drive to the park. I'm home alone now that both kids are in school so the sky is the limit as far as where I go and how I spend my time. Its a beautiful autumn day and since I've been sick for the past few weeks with pneumonia, I thought I had wasted my favorite season quarantined in my bedroom with Netflix. After a very cold morning, the sun warmed everything and I thought "If I don't go out right this second, it will be snowing and the trees will be leafless before I know it!"  My sink of dishes and cluttered rooms will be there when I get back but the day won't wait.

This park has a beautiful walking trail that cuts through a bit of woods next to the Missouri River. In the summer, we take the kids here for picnics and if the water level is low enough, a few sand bars will peek out of the muddy river and we enjoy hours of skipping rocks, finding fossils and getting our feet dirty. Today, though, I thought I would take a walk through the woods, all by myself.

autumn berries via Va-Voom Vintage

1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

There's a folklore tale that my mom told me that says if you can catch an autumn leaf before it hits the ground, you'll have good luck in the new year. The woods were so quiet but every once in a while, a little breeze pushed through the trees, dropping gold leaves through the branches. I did manage to catch a little one! I also found some berries to match my brooch!

On my walk back to the car, down the trail, I came across an elderly lady with a walking stick. She watched me put my camera away and fold my tripod up. She said "Did you see anything wonderful today?" I said "Everything! It's all beautiful!"

autumn leaf via Va-Voom Vintage
1950s plus size casual jeans outfit with Pendleton 49er jacket and Atomic Swag tee via Va-Voom Vintage

OUTFIT
vintage pendleton 49er jacket
vintage leather buckle shoes
brown faux leather purse- thrifted, originally from Target
bakelite inspired cherry brooch made by me from Pins for Pin-Ups ebook

10 ways to wear a vintage hair flower

10/4/16


10 ways to wear a vintage hair flower with flowers by Chatter Blossom


Flowers are a perfect way to add some classic vintage charm to your look. Wear big ones or small ones, singles or clusters, all colors and varieties! Throughout history, ladies have adorned themselves in colorful blooms and our favorite vintage decades are no exception.

I picked a gorgeous hair flower from ChatterBlossom to show you 10 ways to wear one hair flower. Chatter Blossom flowers are lovingly handmade, using authentic vintage flowers. The backing has multiple slits so you can move the clip around and style the flower differently.  I picked this cluster of white blooms with green leaves to stand out in my orangey hair and you can't go wrong with white, it goes with everything! Throughout October, Jamie is giving Va-Voom Vintage readers 10% off their order at Chatter Blossom with code VAVOOMVINTAGE10 throughout the month of October 2016!

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Here are 10 ways to wear a hair flower....

Dress up a scarf turban

how to tie a vintage scarf turban

 My hair is in pin curls here but if I have to go out with pins in, I like to take out the front pins and keep it curly and put a scarf turban on. Fold a pretty scarf into a triangle and put the scarf on, with the point over your forehead and the long edge at the nape of your neck. Tie the scarf on top of your head. Fold the triangle backwards and tuck it into the knot. Tuck the long ends into the sides. Clip your hair flower into the side of the turban

how to tie a vintage scarf turban



With a Poodle Updo
 easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower
easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower
  
Now I've taken my pin curls out and my hair is super curly. Pull the back section of hair into a ponytail on top of your head. Section the front into 3 sections, two ponytails on each side and leave the bangs down. Pin your bangs up if they're too long. Arrange the curls to cover your head, hairline and the hair ties. Clip a hair flower into the side
easy 1950s  vintage poodle updo tutorial with a vintage hair flower


Betty Grable rolls 
1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

I've taken that curly poodle down and section the hair from in front of my ear out for the rolls. Roll the first, large roll, then clip your large hair flower in. Place the last roll right next to the flower. See my full Betty Grable victory roll tutorial for more detailed instructions on this look and how to get those rolls just right.

1940s betty grable victory roll hair tutorial with a vintage hair flower

 With a snood 


1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial


Section a large semi-circle out for the faux bangs. I've taken a mesh hair rat (mine is called Hot Buns) and rolled the hair around it snugly. Pin into a u-shape and smooth the hair over with your fingers to cover the rat. Bring the rest into a snood and clip the flower into place on the side.  Don't have a snood? Check out my shop, Tinseltown Accessories for lots of handmade snoods made by me.

1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial


1940s pin up snood and faux bumper bangs hair tutorial  
 Gibson roll

vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial

  On hot days a gibson roll is a favorite quick style and much fancier than a pony tail! Take a mesh bun form and pin it into a U shape at the back of your head. Gather your hair up and tuck it into the mesh, pinning all along. Clip your hair flower into the middle or off to the side

vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial
vintage gibson roll with hair flower updo hair tutorial


To conceal non-cooperating victory rolls 

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

Some days, no matter when you do, its impossible to get two matching rolls or sometimes, the hair on one side just won't cooperate! Pin your first roll into place and pull that irritating other side back with a side comb or bobby pins and clip your flower in. The bulk of a large flower balances out one victory roll

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

Sleek and chic pageboy or flip

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial

A simple and elegant favorite starts with a basic pin curl set. Spray dry shampoo into the bangs and back comb them for height. Sculpt a wave with your fingers. Use a comb to brush from the top of the head to the base of your head. Shape the ends of the hair into a flip or brush them under for a Dita-inspired pageboy. Clip a hair flower to the side. See my full tutorial for how to style this pageboy, including a pin curl set.

1940s victory roll and vintage hair flower updo tutorial


In a chignon


  If your hair doesn't want to cooperate with a gibson tuck, a chignon is a great alternative. My mesh form snaps together to form a donut. Pull your hair into a ponytail, I like mine down low. Slide the ponytail through the donut and cover the donut with sections of hair, pinning them down. If your hair is long enough, you can roll the donut downwards as you roll your hair around it, like this tutorial. Pin your flower to the side of your chignon





With a braided updo 


This is an easy 1940s hairstyle that I found in a magazine ages ago. Clip a long scarf to the top of your head. Part your hair down the middle and braid two pigtails, incorporating the scarf into the braids. Wrap an elastic around the ends and tie the scarf ends into a bow at the back of your head. Clip your hair flower over the bow or on the side of your hair scarf. 



As a corsage

Aside from a hair accessory, you can use your hair flowers to embellish a handbag or as a corsage on your coat or dress.



Thank you to Chatter Blossom for supplying this beautiful hair flower and be sure to stop over and check out her selection of authentic vintage flowers in her etsy shop!
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