Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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. 





Outfit
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?



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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.

TinyAngryCrafts, 1960s, Hidden Figures


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.


TinyAngryCrafts, 1960s, Hidden Figures


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?

Monday, January 23, 2017

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?

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.

Blogging-

Blog at least once a week.

Document my outfits and outings more.

Do more tutorials.

Consider sponsorships.

Vlog more.


Sewing-

Create at least one garment or one hat a month.

Tackle my mending pile.

Teach someone the basics of sewing.


Life-

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?

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