Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe plans

TinyAngryCrafts, vintage patterns, vintage wardrobe, 1930s, 1940s

The last thing I sewed and loved was my graduation suit.
I was hit with a terrible sewing block. Some days I would start a project, and immediately hate the direction it was going in. Some days I would finish a project, only to find it didn't fit, despite sewing with the pattern a couple of times. I doubted myself many many times. (Even to the point of screeching the 'Years of Academy training, wasted' line from Toy Story.)

After Dapper Day, I tried to make a wearable muslin from a new pattern I purchased. I loved it. I drafted a small pattern for tap pants, then sewed up a wearable muslin. I loved it. I made a basic black skirt, which I still have to hem. I love it. It fits. I'm happy.

I showed my mother and grandmother the wearable muslin, and they adored it, which gave me a huge confidence boost. I told my mom about my sewing block, and she gave me some motherly encouraging words and told me 'go slow, baby'. I now put this on post-it notes, and place them on my sewing machine.

With this newly found confidence, I set on working on my Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe.

Now, I put myself on a self-imposed dress buying ban. I get this weird mindset after I purchase dresses. “I need a certain outing to be at to wear it, otherwise it's useless,” or some nonsense my brain makes up.
To counter that, I've been thrifting more separates, and have some patterns in place to sew some as well.
But, I can sew dresses. I usually have a certain idea when I sew a dress about where it will be worn. If I make some basic dresses, I will more than likely wear them more.

Here are the tentative ideas about what I intend to create this winter and spring.

TinyAngryCrafts, vintage patterns, vintage wardrobe, 1930s, 1940s

Some of the patterns I want to use, but didn't photograph are:
VeraVenus' Circular Knickers
Wearing History's 1930'sstep-ins
OhhhLulu's Jasmine Bra
Self-drafted hat patterns
Self-drafted skirts

I'm still unsure of the actual colors I'd like to use, but I know I want/have already created some things which are celadon green, so I can go from there. (grey, pink, navy blue?)

So, I think I have a nice little starter wardrobe which I can mix and match for these next few months. And I can work on new skills with making lingerie. Ya know, as one does.

Do any of you have wardrobe making plans?
Have you put yourself on any purchasing bans for certain items?
What are you most excited in seeing me create?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goals for 2017

2016 was a giant mess.
Good things happened, yes. I graduated, I got a job, I met many new sweet acquaintances, etc. But I am glad to see that year n my rear window.

2017 will be a year of uncertainty. I will do my best be a good person and help others, and importantly help myself. I will push myself more, and also learn to take better care of myself while doing so.

So, here are my 2017 goals.


Blog at least once a week.

Document my outfits and outings more.

Do more tutorials.

Consider sponsorships.

Vlog more.


Create at least one garment or one hat a month.

Tackle my mending pile.

Teach someone the basics of sewing.


Exercise more.

Strengthen my self-imposed dress buying ban.

Use my super cute planner.

Have at least one big vintage get-together.

Alright. Simple. 12 hopefully easy goals I can keep to!

What are your goals for the new year?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Little treasures from Ortwine

Sometime there are little family owned shops which haven't changed in ages.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

This was the case of Ortwine Hardware. A little 'hidden gem' close to my neighborhood, this store finally closed after 70+ years of business. On December 30th, a couple friends and myself went to the shop and made some purchases.

Now I can hear you ask, 'Carla, why are you purchasing things at a hardware store?' Oh but gentle reader, Ortwine was more than a hardware store. It was part of the True Value family. Now, back in the day, True Values carried basically everything a general store did, save for food. So your hardware, fishing poles and accessories, kitchen supplies, envelopes, fabric and notions. Yes, you read correct, fabric and notions.

The back of the store held a treasure trove that the sewing version of Indiana Jones would swoon over. And it seemed to be trapped in a little dusty(very dusty) time capsule. There were novelty prints, an entire table of Christmas fabrics, knitting needles, drawers of silk buttonhole twist, yarn as far as the eye could see, and many many notions.

I tried to be good. Really I did.  

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, vintage fabric

Got a couple really cute printed fabrics. I can see the yellow being a nice summer dress.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, metal zippers

I could have really gotten myself in trouble with all these zippers. I mean, come on, they're metal.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, vintage knitting needles

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases

The little spool is silk buttonhole twist. I'm kicking myself for not getting more.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, buttonhole maker, pleat maker

Around this time, the clouds were coming back in to pour more rain. But a pleat maker, and a buttonhole maker. Little things to help speed processes along.

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, dress shields

Dress shields. but for a cap sleeve garment. I'll figure them out, I intend to make more. 

TinyAngryCrafts, notions purchases, hairnets

I love the Jac-o-net typography. I just wish my hair were grey or white.

It is a terribly sad thing when a long time small business closes. My grandfather would go there to get his tools for around the house, my mom would get little knick-knacks, my grandmother and my father would go and get keys re-sharpened. Its the little things that can bring a community together like a common one-stop shop.

I hope who ever buys the place does more upkeep, and can keep some of the old stock to sell. Or keeps the same type of family owned quaintness. Either way, I wish the family much luck in their endevours, it felt good to help a small business one last time.

Have any of you experienced an old-fashioned True Value?
What are some notions you've purchased lately?
Do you have a favorite family owned business near by?


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