Monday, September 01, 2014

Vintage Vacationers 2

For a summery hurrah, here's part two of my Vintage Vacationers post from last year. The photos come from a gallery on The Weather Channel called Before the Bikini: Rare Vintage Beach Photos. These are my favourites from the 1920s. The photo above, from August 1928, captures vacationers  on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight, England.
August 1922: Canvey Island, Essex, England
1924: Actress Viola Dana
1921 and 1923, respectively: Bathing suit models
1924: Girls of 'The Merry Whirl' applying their make-up on Manhattan Beach, New York, where they are holding a water carnival
1925: Women posing near a Paris beach
1926: Toddlers taking a beach nap
1929: A row women showing off some unusual and original swimwear
1929: Bathers undress using the 'Skreenette' on a public beach
1929: Bathing beauties
February 1925: Members of the Brighton Swimming Club
July 1921: Bathers dance hand in hand on the beach at Plymouth, in Devon, England
1929: Star formation on New York's Brighton beach
July 1927: Two women playing leapfrog on the beach at Broadstairs in Kent, England

Friday, August 29, 2014

Eyes to the Soul

Here's my fabric design for Spoonflower's Your Neighborhood challenge of the week. I've always thought that the windows of a building are the most revealing aspect of its character, and I love to observe the fascinating variety of architectural forms they take! I'm especially partial to overflowing window baskets.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Scalloped Series: Shorts

This is part 1 of 3 of a delightful DIY series to incorporate more scalloped items into your wardrobe. Because who doesn't want more scalloped items in their wardrobe? I have wanted to make a pair of scalloped shorts for the past several years, but I could never figure out the best way to go about it. Since I wasn't planning on wearing felt shorts, for example, there was always the problem of fraying edges to deal with, but neither anti-fray glue nor bias tape seemed like the right answer. Then one night while I was falling asleep I dreamed up this solution. When I woke up I tried it out on a scrap of fabric and it seemed promising, and it is. So here we are:
Pair of mid-calf shorts (I got this beige linen pair for about $3 at Value Village)
Matching thread
Sewing machine
Sewing scissors
Tape measure
Originally these shorts had a 1-inch hem, so I picked it out and sewed a new quarter-inch hem to ensure that when I made the scallops the legs didn't become too short. You may need to do this as well depending on the original length of your shorts. Consider this an optional warning before you begin.
Step 1: Starting with the shorts right-side-out, fold the up the hem, revealing the inside of the leg. You should have a 1-inch space between the folded edge and  the inside edge of the hem. Your scallops will then have a height of an inch.
Step 2: Measure the circumference of the leg hole and decide on what you will divide it by to make the scallops. For example, on this pair the legs each had a circumference of 25 inches, so I pinned each leg every 2.5 inches to outline a space for 10 scallops.
Step 3: Sketch the scallops in the pinned spaces with pencil. 
Step 4: Sew along the scalloped pencil line.
Step 5: Clip out the excess fabric from the scalloped line to reveal the scallops.
Step 6: Flip the scallops inside-out  (well, right-side-out) so that the seams are contained within the scallops.
Step 7: Now that the scallops are right-side-out, iron them flat and smooth. 
Step 8: Top stitch along the full length of the scallops to secure them in place. As you can see, my scallops are not perfect even after the tedious ironing and top stitching, so don't expect perfection unless you are an expert seamstress! But hey, the fraying threads are tucked safely and cleanly away in the leg and the scallops are visible, so that's cause for excitement!
Enjoy! Parts 2 and 3 of different scalloped garments still to come!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Recent Thrift: Polka-dot Shorts

This pair of Telluride Clothing Co. shorts was $5 at Value Village. They are like a polka-dot sky!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Pom-Pom Craspedia

Embroidery needle
Wire for stems
Yellow yarn
Step 1: Snip off a few inches of yarn and set it aside.
Step 2: Wrap the yarn from the ball through the tines of the fork, and then around the fork multiple times. 
The more times you wrap it around, the tighter your pom-pom will be.
Step 3: Use the embroidery needle to pull the piece of yarn between the fork tines.
Step 4: Tie the wrapped bundle of yarn tightly in the middle.
Step 5: Slide the bundle of yarn off the fork and cut open the looped ends.
Step 6: Trim down the ends to make the pom-pom tight, and fluff it up as you go.
Step 7: Push the pom-pom onto the piece of wire.
Then find a cute vase for your bouquet!
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