Spirit of '45

On August 9, 2015 I attended a very special event.
It was called the Spirit of '45, and in attendance were a lot of WWII veterans and their families. It was held at Balboa Parks Veterans Museum

The entire experience was very humbling, and I feel very grateful to have attended. I got to speak to a few veterans and their families, explore a museum I haven't been in since I was 16, and literally feel the history buzzing around me.

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

I stopped and chatted with this gentleman and his family for a bit. This is John, and he was in the Navy for a number of years. He had his well loved scrapbook which he said is about 60 years old, full of images from before he went to the service, during his tour, and even photos of the signing at the end of the war! For which he had an amazing story as to how he acquired them!
His family were very kind, and I hope to run into them in the near future!


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


At this point, they brought up some WWII vets and asked them were they were August 14, 1945. Among the men they asked, many were on their ships, some in Europe, even some in POW camps. All vividly recalled what was going through their heads when they were told of the surrender of Japan. 

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

I popped back a bit to talk with John and Dianne, and saw they had disappeared. I was told they went dancing, and I snuck some shots that Dianne gleefully told me to post on the blog.

I tried to not 'Awww' loudly.


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego

Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


Tiny Angry Crafter Spirit of 45 San Diego


I was very fortunate to be able to speak to this kind gentleman. His name is Stu, and he's a Pearl Harbor survivor. He recanted what he experienced December 7th, 1941 in excruciating detail, I shed a tear or two. Stu's job was gun pointer for turrets, which had him shooting shells which were 5ft2in tall, when he told me that, I mouthed 'That's how tall I am!' and he got a big laugh out of that.




When I got home and talked with my grandparents and asked where they were during the end of WWII, and they had said with the both of them being kids, and on two different sides of the states (grandpa in San Diego, grandma in Pennsylvania), it was interesting to hear how they reacted.
Grandpa watched as people hugged and partied in the streets downtown.  My grandma had a somber feel, knowing her older brother wouldn't return home, but was happy that other men and boys were able to.
I also asked them what their parents did during wartime. Grandpa said his mom was a welder, and his dad worked for the Highway Patrol. Grandma said her parents just did their usual jobs. Guess there was a huge difference in what people did depending on where they lived.


On the 15th, I'll be attending another WWII event, and will share photos of that with you.

Have any of you been to any of the WWII related events in your areas?

Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse Review

Hey, I've actually been sewing things in my silence.

Last December, I finally redeemed my pattern for backing Wearing History's Kickstarter campaign. After humming and hawing, I finally picked the Smooth Sailing Sports Togs pattern, and printed it from my computer. I pieced it together, and shoved it in a manila envelope for a month.
I bought fabric in January, with color advice from my sweet friend Tony.

In May I made a mockup in an evening after studying


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


The next day, I cut the fashion fabric.


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review

I had read the pattern extensively while doing the mockup, and again as I made the final blouse, so it was smooth sailing as I worked on it. (hahaha, I know I'm terrible)


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review




After I bothered my mom about buttons, I threw it in a bag, then went thrifting with a friend, and was asked where I got such a lovely blouse. They were surprised to hear I made it myself.

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review



I had such a blast sewing this blouse, I am ready to make more and more.

Sewing Details

Fabric: Quilting Cotton from JoAnns
Pattern: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Togs Blouse
Year: 1930s
Notions: Plastic buttons, self-made bias tape
How historically accurate is it? For a blouse inspired by a 1930's pattern, I'd say it was accurately sewn. Imagine the fabric was feed sack!
Any tricky parts to the pattern?  None at all!
Did you change anything?  Not a thing! I didn't even have to shorten it!
Time to complete: About 2 weeks. School was still in session.
First worn: May 31st, 2015
Total cost: Uhhh I wanna say about 35 maybe total? I'm terrible about keeping track of this.
Notes: I had fun making this blouse!!

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


This blouse is quickly becoming my 'go to' blouse. It's cozy, fits wonderfully with skirts and pants, and was such a satisfying thing to sew. It's got a lovely billowy effect to it, which is nice to move in. As the pattern was pretty much made for swing dancing in!

TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review




There are some close up photos, and here are some detail shots


TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


There is a LOT of catch stitch in this blouse, it keeps everything nice and close together.



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


Mom decided on these buttons for me, and I love how they look against the blue!



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


Clean finished insides is one thing I love about sewing my own repro-vintage clothing.



TinyAngryCrafts: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Blouse review


And the top stitching of the yoke and the collar was one of my favorite bits. It's kinda satisfying.

So there you have it. Will I buy another Wearing History pattern with actual cash money? Hell yeah I will! I've been eyeing the playsuit pattern for AGES, so I might get that next. Oh and one of the hat patterns! Oh Oh! And some of the gorgeous fabric!

Have any of you sewn anything from Wearing History? Do any of you have any of her gorgeous garments which are made right here in the USA?