How to tie a vintage style turban

Lately, I've taken a liking to using scarves to tie my hair up on a bad hair day. On a recent photo set, Emileigh asked if I could do a tutorial for this turban style, and here we are today.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Now this simple tutorial can help you save yourself from a dreaded bad hair day, or just give a bit more oomph to your vintage outfit.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

You will need:
A long rectangular scarf
Bobby pins
Rats tail comb
Regular comb

Optional (and not shown):
Duck clips
Hair spray
Hair ties

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

You might also need a person with hair, just saying.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Start by sectioning off some hair to style for later. Then pin it down, or use a duck clip to keep it out of the way.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Next, comb and brush your hair back and tuck it under if you've got manageable thick hair. If not, tie it in a hair tie.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Now take your scarf, and place it under your hair on the back of your head. Even it out 

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Pull the back up some, and pull the sides up to the front of your head. Tie it behind the area you intend to style. Fix any parts of your hair that have decided to escape with the rats tail comb

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Straighten out one tail end of the scarf, 

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Then pull it to the back, continuing to straighten it out.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Tuck it under the bottom part, and repeat on the other side.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

Style your hair as needed; pin curls, victory rolls, whatever you want to do.

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

1940's turban hair tutorial by Tiny Angry Crafts

And you're done! Admire your cute hair scarf, and perfectly awesome way to disguise laziness or a bad hair day!

I hope all of you are having a good day today. If you celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!

Are there any other tutorials you'd like to see from me? Do you have a favorite hair scarf?

A Victory Knit

As you recall from a previous post, I knit myself a sweater! A sweater I'm actually proud of!

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I used the 3-Hour sweater pattern, and it took me a couple months to create it.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I'm pretty sure if I actually measured it in terms of knitting time, and not the days I set my knitting down, it probably would have been a couple of days.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I followed the pattern to a T, and the only thing I changed,aside from adding in the color work, was knitting the sleeve patterns the opposite way. The written way was very confusing to me.
The pattern itself ended up very very short on me, thanks to my chest. But I rather like it. I have to wear a shirt under it though.

tinyangrycrafts vintage knit sweater V for Victory

I first wore the sweater to the SD Vintage Flea Market, and a lot of people thought it was an authentic vintage sweater, which made me very happy. When I told them I made it, they were very excited and impressed.
The second time I wore it was the day I took the photos to school. Loads of compliments, and 'where'd you get it?'

Outfit Details

Scarf- Melrose Flea Market
Earrings- VaVoomVintage's instagram sale
Sweater- Made by me
Skirt- Made by me
Bangles- Various
Socks- Target
Shoes- Ross

It was my first time doing something with a lot of colorwork in it. I was inspired by WWII-era patriotism, and the whole Make Do and Mend movement. I frogged this yarn from two different projects, and the red and blue came from scrap balls of yarn.

I sketched up the sweater on a scrap of paper in class, then gathered up a lot of graph paper. The pieces were color coded, and stitched up according to how'd they fit on the pattern.

I mostly worked on this during my breaks at school, a lot of people were curious as to why I'd knit a sweater when I could just buy one. (Surprisingly, a lot of these people who asked were fellow fashion majors. Go figure.) I love challenging myself, and putting my heart into a project.

I know I'll use this pattern again, in fact, I'm charting up another pattern for one, and I can't wait to get the yarn for it. I'm thinking of getting Knit Picks yarn, as I'd like to have a nice wool sweater .

Knitting Details
Yarn: 100% Acrylic yarn. Vanna's Choice in Mustard, Scarlett and Colonial Blue
Pattern: 3-Hour Sweater
Year: 1930's
Notions: Plastic button from stash
How historically accurate is it? Eh, pretty accurate, despite it being made with acrylic. I'm sure some person in the 40's would use a past pattern, and add colorwork to it. Make Do and Mend, ya know?
Any tricky parts to the pattern?  Well, the sleeve knitting was a bit tricky, so I reversed how it was done. And the seaming was sort of difficult, but I figured it out. And not so much the patterns fault, but the 'C' was supposed to be more centered.
Did you change anything?  Sleeve knitting method.
Time to complete: Couple months.
First worn: November 2014
Total cost: I don't remember. I used yarn from past projects
Notes: I LOVE the sweater, but I'm sure when I knit it again, and I most certainly will, I'll make it longer.

Have any of you knit anything recently? Have you made anything with colorwork?

My Pajama Party Plans

Thanks to being a student, my education comes first, so I still have my ideas sitting about (good show  me, for my own sew along. oops.)

vintage pajama sew along pattern

vintage pajama sew along pattern back

I intend to use this 1943 Simplicity pajama pattern. It's un-printed, and from quickly skimming over the instructions, this will prove a bit of a challenge for me. But it's nothing I can't handle.
I'll be making view 1, as it's finally getting cool down here.

vintage pajama sew along pattern notions

As I looked over the pattern, I noticed there are no suggestions for fabric! I'm not too sure when pattern companies started to add them. I'll overlook my small vintage pattern stash and see which ones have it. And if anyone knows, do let me know!

And something that will really be a bit of a challenge for me.

vintage pajama sew along robe plans

Yes that is a rough sketch of a robe, and its pattern pieces. Yes, I have delusions of grandeur to make a robe pattern. I have a bunch of tracing paper, and a good pattern making book, I'm also taking classes on how to do it. So, that little adventure should be fun! I'm sure if you follow me on twitter, you'll see a lot of me complaining about it soon.

I still need to get fabric. I'm sure I'll have it by weeks end. I also have to get another bolt of muslin. My class has me using it a lot, so I need some for class projects, as well as personal ones. I'm sort of leaning toward pastel colors for my pajamas, though that can change.

So to those of you who are doing the sew along, what are your plans?

Vintage Pajama Party is a go!

Alright everyone, The Vintage Pajama Party sew along is a go as of today!

vintage pajama sew along

All through the sew along, I shall try to post inspiring info, and some tutorials to make this a really fun experience for us all.

Just joining us? Join the flickr group and talk about yourself!
Stuck and need inspiration? Check out mine and Jessie's pinterest boards!
Using social media to talk about your sewing project? Use the hashtag #vintagepajamaparty 

Remember at the end of the sew along if you complete a garment, you can have the chance to win some giveaway prizes!

So tell your friends, and join the vintage pajama party! It will be a blast!

Fall SD Vintage Flea Market

After a very tiring week, I decided to treat myself by going to the San Diego Vintage Flea Market.

Having attended one in June, I was excited to see what new things I would find on my adventure. I consulted a bit of Janey's excellent Antique Show Guide, and made my way out the door.

Now once again, in true me fashion, I forgot to take photos at the event. But! I went up to a lovely lady who was wearing a gorgeous circle skirt with the Siamese Cats from Lady and the Tramp on it, and I chatted with her a bit. She told me about some cool upcoming vintage and Tiki events in Long Beach, and we both talked about how cool and small the SD flea market is. So, Hi Nancy! It was an absolute delight to meet you, I hope you see you at some events real soon!

So here is the moment you are all waiting for, what the heck did you buy?

San Diego Vintage Flea Market Haul

The bit haul photo. I went with a general idea to mostly get accessories, and maybe a garment if one was within my budget/fit. I think I did very well!

After mentioning about people having great luck with finding vintage fabric at flea markets, I myself lucked out and got 4 yards of this lovely flower print!
Vintage fabric buttons close up

Vintage fabric buttons

And I also got some buttons from this booth. The seller was very sweet, and was glad to hear her items would be used by a seamstress.

vintage Italian souvenir scarf

 I happened across a vendor who was selling jewelry and scarves, and after perusing about for a while, I left with two scarves, one of which is a Italian souvenir scarf.

Oblong Box Shop bangles

I recalled that Oblong Box Shop was going to have a booth again, so I decided to pop over. I purchased a bangle, and the card readers were having issues. So while I waited a bit, I chatted with the sweet owner, Denialle. She was very gracious and sweet about the whole card reader ordeal. I wanna snag one of her mermaid shirts next time.

vintage green bakelite spacer bangles

Right  across the way was a booth selling bakelite. Now I walked by it, and made a face. A 'Oh yeah, I'll buy something here, then just head home right after, because it's bakelite' face. But I decided to investigate. The vendor was SUPER sweet and knowledgeable. Needless to say, I walked away with two spacer bangles at a reasonable price! 

vintage white fur hat

The white blob in the main haul photo? A hat, with two sweet faces on it! I think I should make a coat, and trim it with white so the hat can fit in nicely. The really sweet girl who was vending was super nice, and she loved the sweater I was wearing.

vintage housedress 1950's

And I managed to snag a nice dress for myself. Its a bit of a wiggle to get into, but it fits me like a glove! I need to mend the belt loop, but other than that it's perfect. I might wait till the summer to prance about in it, as Southern California is finally realizing it's fall, but we will see.

handknit vintage inspired sweater

Oh! So remember that sweater I was working on? I finished it, and wore it to the event. It fits, could be better though. I'll have a proper blog post about it soon enough, as the back is really what makes it.

Don't forget to join my sew along! And tell all your friends about it! It shall be super fun, guys!

Have any of you recently been to any flea markets or anything of the like? What did you get?

Pattern and Fabric Inspiration

Hello all,

I am going to apologize for the radio silence, I had a bunch of things due for classes, but I'm back and ready to help you all with some inspiration for patterns and fabrics.

Now where to go to get patterns. If you decide to utilize vintage patterns, you've a few options to go for that.

Ah yes, everyone's favorite eBay. For the longest time I was very wary of eBay, but now I've seen the light. It's very humbling to get something for sometimes next to nothing. And sewing patterns are one of those things you can sometimes get for real cheap. If you can luck out and get a pattern lot, then you're good!
eBay vintage pajama party sewalong

The same goes for Etsy.  Etsy is usually my go-to for pattern buying Most sellers specify in vintage patterns, so the chances are very high that you can get lucky, and find something you want.

etsy vintage pajama party sewalong

Flea Markets/Thrift Shops:
I've had some luck of late with finding nice priced patterns at flea markets. Sometimes the sellers have a plethora of items, and the patterns tend to be cheaper. Is that maybe because from a general standpoint, people don't sew?

The Big 4:
If you follow a lot of sewing blogs, you know that the Big 4 pattern makers; Simplicity, McCall, Butterick, and Vogue reproduce the vintage patterns from their catalogs. Now they've been adapted for the modern home sewer, so they're going to have a lo of ease, and multiple sizes and the like. Which, if you're something of a beginner, can be a great starting point for you!

Indie Pattern-makers:
Now the only one I'm really familiar with is Colette Patterns and they have two really cute free patterns you can use as a set. 


For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, you might want to be looking for something to keep you nice and warm.

Fleece, satin, corduroy, and velvet(teene) might be some of your choices. You can get these at a local shop, like a JoAnn, or something similar, or try with an online shop such as

fabric velvet vintage pajama party sewalong

For you luck souls in the Southern Hemisphere, you might be looking for stuff to keep you nice and cool, and not sweaty.
Cotton, linen, and silk could work well for you.
fabric linen vintage pajama party sewalong

I've seen some people find fantastic vintage fabrics at flea markets and thrift shops, but this has yet to happen to me.

But I think the most important thing you should factor in for your pajamas, is comfort. I intend mine to be slept in, so I'm going to want something super cozy, what will keep me warm through the winter.

If you have other shops, or ideas as to where you gather your fabric feel free to tell me in the comments, or on the flickr group!

Oh, and I'm sure this is a nice time to tell you, I'm pulling together some prize packs for the end of this giveaway! So that'll be a nice incentive make some jammies in a month, I think.