December 4th: Favorite book of the year.
One of my favorite books to come across this year is a book my Dad bought for me from Powell's bookstore in Portland, OR called "Forties Fashion from Siren Suits to the New Look" by Jonathan Walford.
It's a great history of forties fashion and includes tons of interesting facts and pictures! It follows fashion through the war period with chapters such as "Kangaroo Pockets and Siren Suits: dress, patriotism, and propoganda in the first year of the war" to another chapter on "Zoots and Zazous: Anti-fashion in the time of crisis" to "Occupation Couturre: Paris ignores the war" to "New Looks: Rebuilding fashion in the post-war world". It's a must read and includes lots of great pictures!
This is a blouse made from a military surplus silk map. "Often called 'escape maps', these were made for airmen in case they were shot down over enemy territory. Silk was warm, durable, resisted creasing, and could be concealed under clothing. Pectin added to the ink kept the dyes from running or washing out when immersed in water, even sea water. After the war the maps were applied to various uses, including blouses and headscarves."
December 7th: That gem of a blog you can't believe you didn't know about until this year.
There was definitely one blog find that started it all. Sew Retro is a community blog where anyone can post their vintage sewing projects. It is very inspirational and great to see all the talented sewers! It has also lead to me finding some of my other favorite blogs such as: Ancien-Nouveau, Veronica Darling's Crafty Adventures, Wearing History, and Whipstitch Sewing just to name a few. Check out the links to all my favorite blogs on the left.
I just recently followed a 1940's hair tutorial from another one of my favorite blog finds of the year: Casey's Elegant Musings. I really like the way my hair came out. Just goes to show you can do a vintage hairstyle with even really long hair (mine is near my waist!):
View the original hair tutorial that inspired this look.