Friday, 27 November 2015

The Roundabout

Hello there!  Here's a lovely little 30's hat for you to crochet.  

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tap Dance Tuesday

It's been awhile since the last instalment of Tap Dance Tuesday and since it looks as though things are going to stay busy for me until the new year, I thought I'd share this selection of five (yes five!) tap acts from the 1930's - just in case I don't get around to posting anything new in this department for awhile.  I hope this satisfies all your vintage tap dancing needs for the time being.   

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Two 60's Pullovers

I don't really "do 60's" too much anymore, but I definitely used to and so my archive of knitting patterns is absolutely full of books and magazines from that era.  If memory serves, these are from an "Around the World in Knitwear" supplement to Woman's Day magazine or something along those lines (sorry, I really should've taken a few source notes when I photographed them).  At any rate - enjoy!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Collar and Cuffs Militaire

Oh my, things have been busy around here of late.  I got back to Belfast last week and immediately started a new job which has really been taking it out of me.  But please don't think I'm anything other than absolutely thrilled to be gainfully employed again.  It just means that most nights blogging is the absolute last thing on my mind.

Anyway, whilst I was in LA I took the opportunity to go through my pattern collection with a view to sharing some of them here.  I didn't have access to a scanner, so these were taken with my phone - I hope you're able to read all the relevant information.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Hello there readers!  Apologies for the lack of posts, but for the past three weeks I've been visiting friends and family here in the fair city of Los Angeles.  I'll be back in my old digs at the end of this week, and I have at least a few fun things to share with you from my LA collections.  But before too much more time passes, I thought I'd show off my Halloween ensemble.  Yet again, my clothing hoarding tendencies have come through for me in the form of a last minute costume.

Dressing up as a flapper did seem a bit of a cheat as a) this is how I might dress on any given night out and b) I think everyone has probably dressed as a flapper at some point in the past two years what with all that Gatsby business in 2013.

Nevertheless, I used to get a fair amount of teasing growing up for my rather scrawny frame and gangly limbs.  So I've finally just decided to embrace my shape and take up the Charleston (which looks so good when you're all elbows and knees anyway).

Much like this well known picture by John Held Jr:

(my mom took this shot and wanted me to pose with lipstick - a little cheesy, but it does show off the whole outfit)