I, M, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to wear a handmade item of clothing every day in May 2018.
I have been participating in MMM for a few years and really enjoy it!
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Knitted vests forever!
This is the first vest I have ever made. No idea why it took so long to get a vest on my needles. They are so fast and simple! The Wanda Vest is a 1940s style, knit bottom up in the round and then separated for the upper back, right, and left fronts. The neck and armholes are picked up with smaller circular needles. I used a 5ply acrylic yarn from my stash. It's a bit eh, but works well for this little vest. The lace pattern is worked on the RS only (P on WS) and is easy to memorise.
There were a couple of mods for this project. Check out my Ravelry notes here for more information. At the end of the day, I am super happy with this and I am sure it will get a lot of rotation this autumn and winter. I need more vests in my life!
Vest: made by me
Shoes: Django & Juliette
The one thing that is standing in my way to being a full time vintage girl is my hair. #vintagegirlproblems. Right?
My hair does not hold heat curl, and I have to wash it every two days because that's just the kind of hair I have. It's never been coloured (humble brag) and I do treat it weekly with delicious masques. As a result, any curls fall out pretty fast. My hair is thick so it's hard to fun flirty styles - they get weighed down. It also doesn't hold teasing. So there goes all the fun 60s beehive styles.
As a result, I need to find bankable options that look retro but don't need curl or teasing. Enter the up-do.
While at work I have to have a headset on. That seriously decreases the ability for high victory rolls or poodles. Shame really.
What I can do are 40s rolls, milkmaid braids and assorted scarf things.
This little 'do is a flat victory roll on the left side, a twisted pull back on the right side and then the rest rolled with a hair rat and pinned within an inch of its life. I must say, sometimes this hairstyle can give me a bit of a headache. I've got a tutorial below for you! Interesting outfit note - same fabric, two different days, one is a dress, the other is a blouse!
This next one is a pretty standard headscarf Rosie the Riverter style. I plait my hair down the back and then fold it up onto itself. A proper braid would be better but I ain't got those kinda skills. Whack on a headscarf and boom. Vintage cool. This one isn't as great for the office headset, but I make it work. I always recommend nylon scarves over chiffon. They stay in place better. Or, the CanTeen Bandanas! They are a great size, come in awesome colours and makes you feel good.
(CanTeen is a charity raising money for children and teens with cancer. They have recently added many more styles to their range. Check it out here).
A lot of my life has been spent in dance studios. A very easy up-do for me is the classic ballet bun. Use a hairnet for maximum neatness. Gosh. There is that same fabric again. In all seriousness, the ballet bun is about the fastest hairstyle I can do. A flower is always a great addition.
Tutorial: My Go-To Up-Do!
Let me know what your go to vintage hairstyle is - I would love to see!
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.