Tag Archive: hair

Easy Twisted Updo

Fun fact: I haven’t had long hair for very long. A few years ago I had a pixie cut—the Jean Seberg cut to be exact—and it’s taken around three years to get to this length. When I had short hair, what I was most envious of was the different hairstyles girls with long hair could do when my hair basically did nothing. So I promised myself that when my hair…

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The Romantic Triple Twist Ponytail

Please welcome Rebecca! She’ll be sharing some amazing hairstyles with us every month. Isn’t her hair color divine?! Do you remember doing a pull-through ponytail in junior high and feeling extra fancy for the day? I certainly do and this hairstyle is a more sophisticated take on that preteen classic–although it’s just as easy as the original! Soft and romantic, it’s perfect for an evening out or even works nicely…

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Free Class – Frida Kahlo Inspired Headband

Frida Kahlo inspires us through her art, but her iconic flower headbands are pretty inspirational, too. Courtney demonstrates how to create a flower headband featuring custom-made felt flowers that pop. This piece is great for Halloween, Dia de…

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· Fairly Fluffy Fifties ·

Wow.  This title is lame.  Titles are always difficult for me…. and, well, what can I say.  I have reached the bottom of the bucket.
Embrace the lame titles!! 😉
This outfit is one of those fun happen-stances: the supplies were entirely free!  Ok, I think I bought the zippers…  But otherwise, it was free!
I got the lovely semi-sheer border print from the same older lady who had the brown polka dot I made into my first 1940s dress.  The blouse fabric came to me shortly after- I found it in the “free room” at church, and it was a pillowcase.  I couldn’t believe how well it coordinated!  Using a pillowcase doesn’t allow for many design options, but I was able to squeeze this blouse on!  I pieced the lower portion, but no one sees that part anyway since it’s always tucked in. 🙂
I deliberated over the fabrics for a few years before making them into a blouse and skirt.  I didn’t want to make them into a dress because I thought it would be weird to have 2 different fabrics.  Well, everyone compliments me on my “dress” now…. so I guess it’s not too weird. 😉  I do intend to wear them separately as well, and the final push to make it came this spring when I was bemoaning my lot.
Woe is me.  I have no fabric to make into a lovely spring skirt.  Absolutely none, I tell you!
*And*, I had just made a resolution to severely cut down on new fabric purchases so my hands were tied! (a resolution which I might add…. is going to be hard to maintain after my spending habits this summer. oh well… it was a nice thought.)
Well…. yeah.  My stash is large.  And would you look at that! I had a wonderful spring skirt’s worth of fabric just waiting.  All that melodrama for nothing. 😉

I got this silly little necklace over 10 years ago at Claire’s.  I say silly because at the time, I had no inkling that I would get so much use out of it.  I agonize over every single purchase I make or gift I receive, and at the time I didn’t even have anything that it went with!  I’ve come very close to donating it to Goodwill on numerous occasions, but it seems like every year or 2, some new outfit comes up that matches it perfectly!

This green ribbon was originally for accessorizing our historical clothing, but hey! it matched! 🙂  I’ve experimented with a few different accessorizing color schemes lately, and I’m shocked by how much we have that works well!  Yay! Options!

I found these gloves at an estate sale recently, and I loooooove them.  I’ve been looking for pearl-beaded gloves for a while, and at estate sale prices…. it’s meant to be. 🙂  They also fit my hands remarkably well!  Actually, the fingers are even (shocker!!) on the long side, so I’d like to alter them at some point.  But you know what? somehow altering gloves never ends up on my to-do list. 😛
Anyone else need motivation to do a little upkeep with their glove collection?  I keep thinking I should set aside a week or so to take care of the little odds and ends that could use attention.

I was gifted a marvelously large supply of vintage ric-rac last fall (thanks again Emily!  I LOVE that stuff!!!), and I had plenty of pointy white ric-rac to embellish to my heart’s content!  Lovely!
I’m in need of some light-colored shoes, don’t you agree?  In the meantime, these classic mary janes keep me happy year-round!

This hat was from the first estate sale we went to this year, and I love how it pairs so perfectly with this outfit!  It’s very much a “hair down” sort of hat though, so I have to plan accordingly. 🙂
I was rather pleased with this pocket- it’s set into the same seam as the invisible zipper. 🙂

Well, now you can see how I’m coping with my hair endeavors this summer!  Last September, I got my hair cut with the intention of wearing it down.  It had been a very long time since I’d worn it down, and I was hesitant about such a big commitment!
Well, I was pretty pleased with the result (a 1940s “middy plus”), and got it trimmed a few months later to straighten it rather than the U shape it was previously.  I was more happy with the second iteration and I haven’t trimmed it since.  It’s now quite long as you can see!
I get warm rather easily in the summer; heat and hair are the 2 factors that make me stressed and irritable the fastest.  Sooo, in the interest of the well-being of humanity, I thought growing out my hair enough to wear it up would make everyone happier. 😉  Also, my hair is much more cooperative with the curling game when it’s dry out and…. I live in Humidity Central.  Getting my hair to curl well would require a perm and I wasn’t ready to make the plunge if I might end up wearing it up all summer anyway.  So!  Maybe next year I’ll be brave enough to try a summer hair experiment. 🙂

This skirt also marks a momentous moment in my sewing journey- I have (almost) reconciled myself to the blind-hemming stitch on the machine!  Yes, I know that would usually be considered a step backwards- after all, it’s not really the nicest way to finish off a garment!
About 10 years ago, I got fed up with fighting with that stitch.  It always shows!  And I hate the way it looks.  It would stress me out to sew a hem with it, so I gave myself permission to never use it again.  I reasoned that I actually wasn’t spending much more time sewing hems by hand, and it was much more relaxing!  I also top-stitched hems if that was appropriate for the era and aesthetic.  When it came to this skirt though, I decided that a blind-hem stitch would actually look the best.  On lightweight fabrics like this, I can frequently get too tight of tension while hand-sewing it, so there was potential of it being noticeable.  Top-stitching would break up the lovely border print.  And… well, it was a wide skirt.  And I wanted to wear it the next day.  So quick machine sewing it was!  I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. 🙂  Yes, the stitches are visible if you look for them, but they hide so well in the print!  I’m probably close to being World’s Most Particular Hem Examiner (at least for my own work), so if I’m happy, I think no one else will mind. 😉
And really, it was sooooo fast….. I’m still a far cry from being a convert, but I will actually give this stitch the dignity of consideration from now on. 😉

Hey look!  It’s another fauxlero bodice! 😉  Yes, I’m rather addicted to this pattern (self-drafted) lately…  I’m much more happy with how my “50 States” dress turned out, so I might end up tweaking this one a bit.  Does anyone else make endless changes to their garments?  It seems like I can never make myself stop the endless tweaking!  Or… maybe I’m just obsessive.
Yeah.  There’s that.

This skirt is a simple dirndl (rectangle) in order to utilize the border-print best.  I always love a good opportunity for pleats!  I decided to make double box-pleats all the way around the skirt for this.
Wow, I am feeling SO wordy today.  If you managed to slog through all of that, congratulations!  If not…. I don’t think I would have, either. 😉
· Photos by the, as ever, fabulous Kathryn (thanks!!) ·

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Knotted Scarf Chignon

Summer is a great time for casual updo hairstyles. Whether you are going boating with friends or having a date night on a patio, having cute ways to get your hair up off your shoulders can be essential to beating the summer heat in style. This scarf/chignon combination is one of my go-to summer looks, and I love that it’s easy and fast to put together. I like to use…

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Emma’s Favorite Summer Hair Style

For the most part I am a wear-my-hair-down kind of gal. I like braids and up-dos a lot, I just tend to mostly end up wearing my hair down with a few curls most days. But, the summer is the one season I tend to wear my hair up more often because when it’s hot, it feels good to get your hair off your neck. Am I right? The style…

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How to Create Mermaid Waves

I think of all the hair possibilities that are out there, my favorite hairstyle is a wavy, loose curl look. While I like that it feels soft and feminine, the curls are loose so it’s not as dressy, and you can wear it with jeans and a t-shirt as well. It’s like the perfect cross between beachy waves and the signature Victoria’s Secret hairstyle, and it’s probably what I get…

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Simple Chignon Updo

Everybody has their "go-to" hairstyle that they do when they need a quick look that says, "I put some effort into my hair today," and this simple chignon bun is that hairstyle for me. I wear it for all sorts of events, and I love it because it’s easy to pull off and doesn’t look too fussy when it’s done. You also don’t need a lot of fancy tools to…

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Brown Hair, Puyallup, and More!

Well, the deed is done! I’m back to my (kinda sorta) natural hair color. It required an enormous amount of work to get it to this shade, so I can hardly think of it as really natural. But I’m sure it’s someone’s natural hair color. My big photo sh…

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Fifty Shades of Brunette

Goodness gracious, are you so sick of hearing about that Fifty Shades movie everywhere? I will fully admit to reading all three of books (all the while complaining about how terrible they are, yet unable to stop myself). But I think I must draw the lin…

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· Hair Cut! ·

Well, this post has been 3 months in the writing, but it’s finally here. 😉
I got my hair cut!!!
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a vintage cut for almost 2 years now, and through the influence of my mom, my sister, and Call the Midwife, I finally made the plunge!  It’s been almost 3 months since I did it, and I’m still thrilled that I finally worked up the courage to do this!
Before and after on the day of the cut!
I’ve had long hair for over 15 years, and in the last 8, I’ve worn it “up” almost exclusively.  This was my first time getting my hair layered, and I used a vintage cutting diagram for a “middy plus”- getting it cut just like the diagram with the exception of making the layers 6″ long.  Let me tell you- it’s sooooo much different!  Actually, it’s kind of funny to think back to how different it felt, because it already seems so normal. 😉
Since this was my first time doing a drastic haircut like this, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted so we just went with the straight-up diagram.  Now that I’ve lived with it for a while, I think I might do it a bit differently next time.  It’s just sooooo layered in the back!  The top layers seem too short to me, so I think I’ll do those longer next time.  Also, 6 inches seems so long for the front!  It doesn’t help that I started at about 18″ before, but I do think it’s a bit limiting.  That’s the benefit to hair growth though, it only gets longer! 😉
One of my reasons for putting this off so long was because I wasn’t sure I’d really be able to commit to pin-curling my hair every night.  I knew I wanted it short enough that I wasn’t tempted to do my typical rolled hairstyle as an easier fall-back, so with the exception of a handful of times, I’ve pin-curled it every single night.  And it’s a lot less arduous than I was fearing. 😉  I’ve got it down to 15 minutes, and the muscle memory has kicked in and helps immensely!!
Over the last 3 months, I’ve been able to figure out what works and what doesn’t, so now I know that my hair holds curl *really* well after pin-curling, but ONLY in dry weather.  The humidity of September was rather discouraging, but I’m loving November and December!!  I start with dry hair and slightly dampen with setting lotion on the first night, and all subsequent nights just use water for dampening.  I haven’t played around with many setting patterns yet, but I feel like I’ve finally almost conquered this set.
Back in the humidity when the curl didn’t hold as well as I’d like, I took to wearing an invisible hairnet.  It worked really well, and I loved it!  But these pictures mark a momentous occasion- my first week to successfully not wear the hairnet!  I have some OCD tendencies at times, and I’ve been trying to break myself of some of the odder ones.  Like wearing sandals- I do.not. like the feel of anything on my bare feet except for socks.  It takes great effort to not wear socks year-round, but I felt like that was something I needed to let go.  So too, wearing my hair down.  Ugh, I really hate not having every hair *just so*.  I don’t like the unpredictability that comes with wind, grabbing babies, rain, bad hair days, etc.  And the feel of hair on my neck/shoulders/face….!  AGH!  But I also really hate being limited by this silly obsession.  Enter: Hair cut.  I’ll just force myself to get over it. ;-D  The hairnet was also a great transition step, since it was technically down, but also completely contained and mostly impervious to messing up.  The hairnet still works well for bad hair days, but as long as this dry weather lasts and good hair days allow, I’ll be stretching my comfort zone. 😉
One of the things I’ve been most excited about is finally being able to wear all of our vintage hats!  My previous style worked well for most of them, but there were several (this furry confection included!) that just didn’t work before.  Problem solved. 🙂
All in all, I’m so glad I finally did this!  I still have so far to go, but I’m excited to be on the way to reaching my goals!
· Photos by Kathryn! ·
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Day 3 in the big Me Made May’12 house

Ahoy there,It’s still raining hard in Brighty but it’s okay because I’m housebound at present working on some bits and bobs for a little adventure I’m taking tomorrow.Just a short and sweet post today because I’ve already waxed lyrical about the Holida…

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