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For Christmas, I was lucky enough to be gifted not one, but two books with images of any 1940s outfit that you could imagine. Featuring everything from undergarments to outerwear, you can imagine my delight and the endless inspiration I’ve been getting from these.
Now that we’re solidly into January, I’m sitting back and reflecting on what I want to achieve for 2017. I’m sure I’m not the only one who must admit to myself that it’s awfully hard to keep to my goals.
Yesterday, I happened upon a quote:
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
The trick is finding the motivation to hold onto your commitment.
Last year, I didn’t really set any clear intentions for my sewing projects — as the ideas hit me, I sewed them, and it worked out okay. But this year, I don’t want to just be “okay.” I want to be PURPOSEFUL and PRODUCTIVE! I want to see a wardrobe full of my own creations when I open my closet door. I want to be proud of each and every one of my garments and I want them to truly reflect my style.
This year has been an absolute WHIRLWIND. So much has happened that it’s challenging to process it all! From a personal standpoint, I started 2016 having recently quit my full time job. I was desperately sick with an illness that is notoriously difficult to cure, with doctors only pushing antibiotics and making it much, much worse. I felt basically alone since my friends and I scattered after graduating college. And while I was sewing, I kind of pigeonholed myself into styles that didn’t feel authentically me. To say things were less than ideal would be a massive understatement.
Now, while not 100%, I’m much healthier and steadily improving from the illness that has followed me for a couple years now, thanks to my own research and efforts. I have a little sewing teaching business locally, with a growing online presence, and I have BIG plans for the future! Thanks to attending Costume College, I have a small group of friends locally who encourage my historical costuming habit obsession. And finally, finally, I feel like I’m sewing for ME rather than what I “think” I should sew, both modern (aka, for me, vintage) and historical. Instead of trying to fit a certain community, I’m building a community. I’m happier and I’m healthier. 2017 is looking up!
This year has been pretty prolific, despite the illness that kept me grounded at times. Below is an overview of everything vintage I’ve sewn in 2016!
Sometimes I have an infectious fervor for Christmas, and other times I find it a little difficult to feel festive. This year it’s leaning towards the latter, since my boyfriend will be moving away soon after the holiday and we’ll be long distance once again.
In order to perk myself up, I found loads of wonderfully cheerful images from the past decades. I had a hard time limiting it to just 15 images (or, rather, 15 categories of images. See what I did there?)!
After all, as it’s December 23… it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I am SO EXCITED to be releasing my new website to y’all!
It’s been a long time coming. I’ve had the domain for a while now but, for various reasons, I wasn’t able to get the site up and running. FINALLY it’s here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I’ve worked really hard to make it a beautiful, appropriate website for what goes on here at The Homemade Pinup. My priority is keeping things easy to find and navigate and for it to be professional yet cute. Like me. 😉
Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to win the blogiversary giveaway from the lovely Vintage Gal! As if designed for the vintage-obsessed seamstress that I am, Cate was offering up a custom-drafted pattern for her 1930s Kick-Pleat Skirt. I was all too thrilled to work with Cate’s pattern and to be able to soon boast a fresh new summer skirt.
Today I’m happy to be reviewing cosmetics courtesy of Le Bombe Beaute, a new vintage-inspired makeup brand. I was offered two of their kits: the Movie Star Powder kit and the 1940s Beaute kit. The kits I received are slightly smaller than what’s shown and listed on their site, but I’ll do my best to review what I think about their products! The first half will come today, and I’ll talk about the second kit tomorrow. A two-for-one special!
My wardrobe has been feeling a bit lackluster recently – everything feels old and tired. I logically know that’s not the case, but you know how it is. If you don’t get something new and exciting every once in a while, NOTHING is right. So I planned a new dress!
This dress was a bit of a sudden decision but, now that it’s finished, I feel like it was meant to be. I rarely go to the fabric store without a plan, though a few of the newer fabrics from the Gertie Hirsch collection at Joann Fabric really caught my eye. These fabrics seem much higher quality than the usual Joann offerings, and include some nice rayons. A rare sight! While I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of the collection as a whole print/pattern-wise, a couple of the designs look quite authentically vintage – count me in!