Hat Hair Tutorial and A Real Adventure


vintage vogue 1940s dress sewing pattern 2787

Thursday date night seemed like any other date night- a dinner and a movie plan. I wore this dress I made about 2 years ago from this Vintage Vogue pattern5 and have never worn until now. At first, I loved the deco print but later decided that it was a crazy choice. I finally tried it on today and fell back in love with it. Pj assures me that it's a great dress and I got a few compliments from others also. This pattern is an amazing style for full figured ladies. It drapes beautifully, accentuates the good curves and conceals the less-than-appealing ones, like my mom belly. I made the same dress in army green, which you can see here.

We were in a rush to leave  and I whipped up a quick and easy hairstyle around one of my new hats. I thought I'd do a little how-to of this simple style.

 During dinner at our favorite sushi place, we started talking about Geocaching. Geocaching is a really neat activity. You look up Geocaching sites in your area on the website and use a gps to locate the cache. The cache is usually a small container filled with little trinkets and a log of who found the cache. You can remove an item from the cache but if you do, you have to add something to it. Sign the log and return the cache to its original location so the next adventurer can find it. We just got a new smart phone with a geocaching app for finding local, caches. It has a map, a compass and a gps locator. Even though I was in heels and all dolled up, I really wanted to go find at least one cache. I have always been a tree-climbing, digging-in-the-dirt kind of girl. There were several right by the restaurant so off we went to a local cemetery for our first cache.

It's right over there!
Pj found it in the bushes

Signing the log
the treasure
After our first, we went on to the next- supposedly at a nearby commuter parking lot but we turned over rocks, Pj climbed a fence and still no cache to be found. It may have been taken or hidden too well. The description of this cache said that this location was chosen because they wanted to show us the beauty of places that we don't think are beautiful. Although we never found the cache, we stopped for a moment to look up and see the view of the sky, the highway and a sight that we have both overlooked thousands of times before.

The 3rd cache was located at a small business. We arrived in the parking lot, walked around to the business, which was closed and nearly gave up when I noticed this drain spout, which was the only place to hide a small box. I crawled down to peek inside and found this tiny box stuck to the bottom of the spout with a magnet. It contained the log book, 7 cents and an earring. With no pencil, we were unable to sign the log so we will return later to make note of our find. There are caches all over the world and maybe in your own back yard!

40's style dress-handmade by me
1940's straw hat-Brenda Sue's
orange thermoset screw back earrings-thrifted
coral gloves-no idea!
1940's black velvet handbag-thrifted
black peep toe t-strap shoes-thrifted
1940's rhinestone V for Victory brooch-flea market


  1. I adore the deco print! There's absolutely no way it is too much, and it suits the cut of the dress so well!

    1. Thank you! After wearing it out yesterday I think it has become one of my new favorite dresses. I will have to take better pics at a later date because that drape is to die for. I think I need one in red also! :)

    2. I recently had a mad fling and bought loads of vintage vogue patterns, and this was one of them. I'm in the big curvy girl's club and couldn't decide if this was going to flatter 'em or make them look as scary as hell as I've only seen images of the dress on stick thin models. Thanks for putting my worries to bed. Think I'll look great in it.

  2. That looks like so much fun! I stopped by the Geocaching website and found several in my area - I have to check it out!
    I found your blog only a few days ago. I've spent hours on it, and now I've read each and every post you've made. Thank you for keeping me entertained for such a long time, and for being such a inspirational and beautiful person. :)

  3. What a delightfully fun way to spend a date night! I remember doing a little geocaching back when I was a whippersnapper in Girl Guides, but it's become a lot more high tech these days for sure! :)

    Love your dress - that pattern is stellar! So glad you fell in love with it again and shared it with us.

    Tons of hugs & fabulous Friday wishes,

  4. Your whole ensemble is lovely, but I'm especially envious of your ability to accessorize!!! Love those gloves and that little purse!

  5. Cute outfit and a fun and unique date night activity!

  6. oh it looks like you had a delightful time! :) and your dress is just too adorable! :) i loved the post :)

    hoping you are having a fantastic friday,
    TheRitzyFlapper (Alicia)

  7. I love your outfit and thanks for the tutorial! I've never heard of this, but it sounds great fun! I always loved treasure hunting as a kid! XxxX

  8. It is a great dress. It reminds me a little bit of one of my dresses which I wear all-the-time lol.
    I wish we had date night, we could really do with it :)

  9. What a cool concept! I had no idea such a thing existed! Moreover, I love that dress and your tutorial is so fantastic! I usually have my hair down or in a bun but now I can do a proper style! Thank you!

  10. I have that pattern but have been a bit afraid to try it. Now I think I will. :) I LOVE the fabric! And it sounds like a great afternoon to go treasure hunting like that!

  11. Isn't geocaching the best thing in the world? I always try to find at least 2 when I go new places! It's a great way to discover your own city as well!


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