The Vintage Fashion Challenge

Hello all,  just a quick post to let those of you who somehow don't follow me on Instagram; Jenny, Sara, and myself have started up a monthly photo challenge for vintage lovers.

For those of you who don't know, a monthly photo challenge is just that, a set of prompts for the month to get you to share photos with others using a common hashtag. We've seen all sorts of photo challenges, but not one for those of us who love vintage fashion!

If this sort of thing intrigues you, you can still join up!

Check out the tag, and say hey to Sara, Jenny, and Me.

1930s outfit planning

Recently I went a little pattern buying crazy, and bought some patterns from Wearing History which have had my eye for quite some time.

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1930's fashions were something I thought wouldn't really work for me, as the ideal image of the era was a svelte individual; whereas, I'm about 90% hips and derriere. But I decided to bite the bullet, and attempt to create some garments for myself in a new decade, using some delightful patterns from Wearing History.

First up, we have the 1920's/1930s step-in. Now a step-in also goes by, combinations, teddy, or an all-in-one. Imagine a slip and your tap pants had a baby, there is your step-in.

TinyAngryCrafts, Wearing History Patterns, 1930

I have made a wearable muslin, which is terribly comfortable, so look for the upcoming review of the pattern.

Next we have the darling Tea at Two dress. I believe I've been coveting this since I first discovered Lauren's blog, but I was wary of it, and unsure of my skills. Now that I'm happily graduated with a fashion degree, and more confident, I'm willing to tackle this pattern.

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I'm thinking for brown with white accents, or dark blue and gold accents.

I fully intend to go to the beach at least twice this summer. It's silly, I live close to a couple of beaches here in San Diego, but I rarely go to them, and when I do I go in the off-season. But I think with a nice pair of beach pajamas, I'll be more inclined to lounge about the beach, and search for pretty shells.

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Lastly, I'm going to need some spiffy head coverings. I already know the beach pajamas will have a matching hat, but I'm certain every one of these hats will get made, and be proudly worn.

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As I've written this post, another 30's pattern has been purchased, and now I am looking for some nice striped fabric, or I might play with color-blocking.

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Here you have my new pile of patterns to play with, I can't wait to get to the fabric store!

Have you ever experimented with a decade?
Which of the patterns is your favorite?
Would you wear beach pajamas to the seaside?

Tons of knitting projects

I noticed I'm more productive the longer I'm around fellow crafty types. 
Case in point, when I hang out with my friend Jennifer. When we are together, we will knit, hang out in yarn shops, and talk about upcoming projects. We also help each other with confusing pattern parts, and be 'bad' influences to each other. 

Lately, I've been knitting a lot more. It's portable- I can knit on the trolley and in a waiting room- and super compact. I can also watch fun things on Netflix and TCM and work without extra noise in the background. 

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I have some upcoming projects, and works in progress, and a finished object to share with you today. 

In the upcoming category, I fell in love with the gorgeous knitted blouse Squidneyknits made for Dita VonTeese, and I felt I needed one of my own. 

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Bought the pattern from SubverisiveFemme's Etsy, and picked the yarn color, nice soft pink. 

Next, I've been coveting Susan Crawfords Stitch In Time books for ages. They've been out of print for some time, so I turned to my library. They didn't have Crawfords edition, rather the original 70s one. I photographed as many interesting patterns as I could, and chose the Light and Lovely as my go-to.  Thankfully I'm close to the standard knitting size of the 40's!

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It will make up lovely in this blue. 

TinyAngryCrafts, 1940s, knitting

I am not sure what the sweet potato-colored yarn will be, but I'm thinking something with cables?

I'm currently working on a cardigan that I might enter into the county fair if I play my cards right. 

TinyAngryCrafts, 1940s, knitting

TinyAngryCrafts, 1940s, knitting

The cables are super fun and the pattern is easy to remember. I changed the length some, so I shall see how the button holes are effected when I get there. 

I also started on a sweater that will take me a lot of time to create. 

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I'm embarking on the Egyptian sweater, because I love myself and I love challenges. When Janey mentioned it on her blog ages ago, I knew I wanted to make it. 

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Did I mention the colorwork is repeated on the back? Haha. I am in no rush to finish this. I might cheat and just do pyramids on the back, I dunno. 

TinyAngryCrafts, 1940s, knitting

I only finished one knitted item in 2016. The Victory beret that ByGumByGolly designed. I knit another for a friend, and hopefully will have a pattern review up in the coming days. 

TinyAngryCrafts, 1940s, knitting

So there's a lot of fibre in this post (haha I'm terrible I know), but it will all delightful vintage knits I will wear when it begins to cool off again. 

What are things you're currently knitting?
Do you enjoy vintage knits? 

The most darling suit

I don't know what it is about a modern suit, but I always feel weird in one.

I'm always either too tightly enveloped in some areas, or too loose in others. In a word, unflattering.

TinyAngryCrafts, 1950s suit

Since getting into vintage fashion, I've been wanting a suit to call my own. I've come close while shopping, but they'd always be out of my price range. Thank goodness for instagram. I was checking out some instasale pages, and saw that CanaryClubSale had a suit for sale.

There were a few flaws, but nothing my little fingers couldn't fix. (Missing button? No problem, salvage that extra seam fabric!)
I asked about size, and decided to bite the bullet.

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It arrived a couple days later, and I tried it on. It fit like a glove!

TinyAngryCrafts, 1950s suit

TinyAngryCrafts, 1950s suit

I've got lordosis, so fit in skirts is often hit or miss. For a pencil skirt, this is a hit! I need to give it a bit of love, and take it to the cleaners, but I am so so so happy with this purchase. I'm smelling a new collection brewing.

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Do you have any vintage suits?
Have you had to do a bit of jerry-rigging to fix a garment?

Product Review- Dutch Label Shop

Back in, oh goodness, mid-June I was contacted by Abby from the Dutch Label Shop asking if I'd like some free label samples. Due to loads of family things happening over the summer, I got back to her- in a totally timely fashion- in August.

She was very kind and set me up with some custom labels, which makes my projects look fifty times more awesome.

The Dutch Label Shop is a delightful place; they'll offer labels for smaller companies and home sewists, say an order of 30 labels, as to not overwhelm with a box full. If you're a small business and would like an entire streamlined look for your garment company, they offer logo labels, care labels, and hang tags. A one stop shop from one small business to another!

All are made with the utmost care, and will get to you in about a week!

I am in love with my labels, and I am already excited to get more down the line!

Thank you so much Abby, and the Dutch Label Shop!

A good basic set

In order to diversify my wardrobe by purchasing more separates, and to save money
and hone my skills by making more dresses myself, I’ve created a self-imposed dress-
buying ban for the year.

After a ridiculous bout of feeling like an inadequate seamstress, I sat down and worked on a skirt. A couple days after Dapper Day, I cut out a blouse. Last week, I did finishing bits on them.

I am in love with the skirt, it's a good basic black skirt. The length is comfortable, and being a stretch cotton sateen, it's actually very warm and cozy.

The blouse I have a love/hate relationship with, mostly due to the how sheer the fabric is. I need to strategically dress with it, so it becomes just another thing to think of when putting together an outfit. But, this is what happens when you fall in love with a color, and don't check the fabric, haha! Lesson learned.

If you didn't figure it out, I was having fun with a 40's-style Hufflepuff student ensemble, haha.

I'm pretty sure I will get more wear out of the blouse in the warmer months, not a couple days after a huge rain storm.

Blouse Sewing Details

Fabric:  Yellow Cotton Fabric
Pattern: Hollywood Patterns 1573
Year: 1938
Notions: covered buttons, self made shoulder pads
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate!
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, very straightforward
Did you change anything? Just added a monogram on the pocket
Time to complete: I don't remember
First worn: 
Total cost:  Roughly $15 total

Notes:  I used my shoulder pad tutorial(and forgot to put them in for photos. Oops.). And I ran out of fabric, so I had to make the short sleeved version. 

Blouse- Self made
Skirt- Self made
Hufflepuff Pin- Gift from friend in the UK
Shoes- Thrifted
'Wand'- Knitting needle
Scarf- WIP

Skirt Sewing Details

Fabric: Black Stretch Cotton Sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Year: 1940's reissue
Notions: Covered button, bias tape
How historically accurate is it?  Pretty accurate, if we ignore it's a stretch fabric in the skirt, haha
Any tricky parts to the pattern? None, it's a very straightforward pattern.
Did you change anything? Nope!
Time to complete: Couple days
First worn: 
Total cost: About $22

Notes:  None

I had very few issues with either garment, which lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I felt terribly proud to put these darling labels in them. What's that you say? Labels? Stay tuned, dear readers.

Have you felt extra proud after making such a basic garment?
Do you have issues with purchasing separates?
What is your Hogwarts House?

What I wore to see Hidden Figures

Last Tuesday I went with my darling friend to see Hidden Figures.
My goodness, I rarely get misty-eyed at the movies, I certainly teared up at this movie.
For those of you who don't know, it's the film adaptation of the novel by Margot Lee Shetterly,  of the true story of the Black women who did the maths for the Mercury 7 flights, most importantly, John Glenn's flight to be the first American in space.

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Being a black woman, I got an early exposure to the horrors of racism at an early age. My family made sure I knew my history, no matter how dark. Segregation; separate water fountains, bathrooms, seats on the bus, I learned them the same time I learned my alphabet and cursive handwriting.

Not only does this movie showcase that- especially the separate bathrooms. The bathrooms the black women were allowed to use were over half a mile away from the main center at Langley!- It showcases a plethora of beautiful fashions.

I decided to channel that in my outfit for the evening.

TinyAngryCrafts, 1960s, Hidden Figures

TinyAngryCrafts, 1960s, Hidden Figures

Outfit details:
Early 1960's Dress- Buffalo Exchange
1940's Hat- Gift from Kait
Spider Brooch- Gift from Frances
Shoes- PayLess
Lipstick- Besame's Dusty Rose

Sadly, the good camera's battery died. Thank goodness for this technological age we live in.

I saw the movie with my dear friend Noela of Face For Radio Fashion (brand new blogger, give her a happy welcome!), here is the delightful outfit she wore!

Afterward I got a milkshake, and Noela got the cutest candid of me, I want to frame it.

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I honestly want to see this a couple more times, it's so so good.

Have you seen Hidden Figures? (If you haven't see it ASAP!)
Did you have any idea of these brilliant women prior to the film?

A little WIP of a hat

So I bought a fancy planner and ignored it for almost three weeks. I felt a sense of overwhelming dread due to personal reasons, and other things in my life.
A friend asked how my hat was going. My hat. That's a simple nice not overwhelming project I can work on.

TinyAngryCrafts 1940s tilt topper

I am so happy I took millinery classes last year. Hat making is such an awesome skill, and because I love hand sewing, calming for me.

TinyAngryCrafts 1940s tilt topper

I might use this fabric for the hat, I am not sure. I believe a friend gave it to me when I started my first millinery class.

TinyAngryCrafts 1940s tilt topper

The tip is sewn to the hat body, and is about to be covered with crinoline to make everything nice and smooth. With this constantly rainy weather we've been having, it's nice to make something to wear when it's not a downpour out. Something of a motivator to keep smiling in bad weather?

Have any of you made a hat?
Do you have any hat plans for this coming season?

Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe plans

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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.

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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?

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?