How to apply makeup, 1940's style! A very quick and easy makeup tutorial, using very few products (vanishing cream, rouge, lipstick and powder, that's it!) to achieve a classic vintage look! I love how little fuss is involved, but I think my eyes would feel a little naked if I wore a full face of … Continue reading How To Apply Makeup, 1940’s
Today is the anniversary of my mom's death. Every year it hits me like an avalanche. I don't think I'll ever get used to this day, or to spending my birthday without her (I was born on her birthday, August 24th, we were also both born on a Tuesday, coincidentally). This day is always painful, … Continue reading Mom
I've been meaning to write this post for what feels like forever now - I sure know I kept promising to write it, but I kept putting it off for one reason or another, as seems to be my way the last week or so! Today I told myself I was going to sit down … Continue reading My Singer 403A, AKA Emma Peel and Sewing Projects in the Works
Yay! This week we have another issue of McCall's Magazine, this time from 1923! This is all I've been able to find for now, but you all know me, I'll keep hunting! 🙂 You can download your own copy of this week's issue here, thanks to Archive.org!
Whoa, the amount of shaming going on within the first minute or so of this 1940's educational film is off the charts as some grown man doing a voice-over rags on a teenage girl for not looking perfect enough. He finds fault with everything, from her hair all the way down to her socks, saying … Continue reading Body Care and Grooming, 1948’s
Awhile back, I was asked to join the Minerva Crafts blog team - a fact that I still find astounding and such a huge honor - I mean, really, little ol' me, the chick who has only been sewing for two years, was asked to join the Minerva Crafts blog team! Wow! I'm absolutely thrilled … Continue reading Ready for a Picnic on the Yellow Brick Road with Minerva Crafts!
Life Changes: Devastation can be the road to freedom Sometimes everything seems to fall apart or fail all at once, from the small things to the big things: a sewing project fails and you need to give up and admit defeat, you try to dye your hair a wild new colour and it all goes … Continue reading Life Changes, Blog Changes
It's been a long time since the last issue I posted of McCall's Magazine, but I'm absolutely thrilled to have found another one to share with all of you! This week's free download is an issue of McCall's from January 1911, which is amazing! You can download your own copy here, thanks to Archive.org! I … Continue reading McCall’s Magazine, January 1911
This Coronet film from 1948 is about two teenage siblings, Don and Sue, and how they keep well groomed. I can't help but get a chuckle out of some of the dialogue in this film. Don to Sue: Saaaay, do you look smooth! Sue: Why, thank you, Sir! You look mighty elegant yourself, if I … Continue reading How To Be Well Groomed, 1948
This week I'm very excited to be interviewing the lovely Helen of 20th Century Cloth! Helen creates wonderfully fun, kitschy and gorgeous fabrics inspired by Mid-Century textiles and designs. If you've ever longed for the amazing fabric of the Atomic Age, 20th Century Cloth is your go-to shop for incredible fabric that looks truly authentic! … Continue reading Interview with Helen of 20th Century Cloth!