Saturday, December 25, 2010

"V" is for VICTORY!


This upcoming May, I'm planning a 1940s "Victory" party! Those of you who know me best know that when it comes to vintage style, the 1930s and 1940s are my favorite...But something about the 1940s really wins my heart. The fancy hairstyles, the MUSIC, the movies (film noir!), the more simplified makeup. So, this party is one I am really looking forward to! I'll probably do some ration-inspired food, like a war cake, and there will be other World War Two themes about--lots of red, white, and blue!

I'm hoping some of my male guests will dress in uniforms. :O Ohhhh myyy...

But that reminds me! I need to figure out what I'm going to wear! I want to find a very elegant dress. I really like the beaded gown Rita Hayworth wore in the 1946 film Gilda (one of my favorite noirs).

I would imagine that something like this would be hard to find at a second hand shop, so I do have another option. I have a grape-colored satin and white lace gown I wore for a southern belle Halloween costume, and I'm thinking about cutting the lace off of it. It has a sweetheart neckline, too!

Pictures to come!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Check out UrbanNoir!

Want to see some amazing photography? Check out my friend Ray's blog, UrbanNoir!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Make-Do and Mend Cape" Idea

Another tid-bit from What Every Woman Should Know comes from the reprinted "Answers to Correspondents" section in the back of the book. It's a bit like a little advice column.

Mrs. L. Salter from Birmingham writes, "I have an old evening skirt of very heavy satin in good condition. Is there any way of utilising it?"

The Daily Mail's Women's Bureau responds: "Why not make an evening cape of it, cut with two seams on the shoulders or one down the centre of the back? The neck can have a little upstanding stiff collar, a scarf, or a fur trimming."

What a fabulous idea! You could use a cape for those holiday parties coming up. Christmas fancy dress parties, and New Year's parties.

This is going to be my next project. My next trip to the second-hand store, I am going to look for a nice satin skirt to do this with. But on the other hand, I suppose it wouldn't really have to be satin, would it? I've been thinking of making an evening cape for sometime, and I'm not much at sewing, so this should be simple! I can hardly wait!