Vintage Sewing, Fashion, Hair & Make Up

These posts are all about fashion, hair, sewing and collecting vintage clothing

1920s 1930s Free Hat Patterns

 
1920s 1930s Free Hat Patterns

Two easy FREE hats & accessories you can make at home! Just download and print at home. Post pictures of your creations!   Click on pictures for enlargement, download and print! 1930s FREE HAT  1920s FREE HAT For another challenge try this little cutie hat: Hat Quotes Wearing a hat is like having a baby […more…]

1940s Vintage Midriff Halter Pattern

 
1940s Vintage Midriff Halter Pattern

Cute Vintage Halter Pattern in Time for Summer! Enjoy this easy to make midriff halter pattern popular in the 1940s and 1950s! Perfect for your pin-up doll look or lounging by the pool or dancing jitterbug on the beach! Just download, resize and print at home for View 4 only! Easy. Try it in a […more…]

Feb 242015
 
Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler: Book Review with a Vintage Slant

~Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler: Book Review with a Vintage Slant~ By Tam Francis The Synopsis Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter (originally self published in 1984, republished by Virago Press 2012), is part love story, part Holocaust, and very much vintage fashion and lifestyle memoir. We follow Trudi, a half-Jewish milliner, […more…]

Politically Correct or Censorship?

 Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM
Oct 012014
 
Politically Correct or Censorship?

~ Politically Correct or Censorship? ~ by Tam Francis THE ALERT After posting a link to reddit (scary over there–talk about an odd form of censorship or bullying), it was brought to my attention that a song I had chosen for one of my chapter titles and listed on my Soundtrack page contained very offensive, racist lyrics. I […more…]

Remembering the First Camp Hollywood

 Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM
Aug 292014
 
Remembering the First Camp Hollywood

Remembering the First Camp Hollywood By Tam Francis           In  honor of this year’s Camp Hollywood, I go back in time, into the archives of Swivel: Vintage Living Magazine and tell you what is was like to be at Camp Hollywood that first year… The First Night Blinking lights beat the rhythm of […more…]

Making History Come Alive Through Vintage Sewing

 Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 at 7:03 AM
Aug 202014
 
Making History Come Alive Through Vintage Sewing

~ Making History Come Alive Through Vintage Sewing ~ by Tam Francis I recently had the honor of playing opposite my daughter in a charming period play called Chicago Gypsies, set in the early 1930s. Sometimes I wonder if they cast me because I know how to sew, but I was cast and given instructions […more…]

In Search of Sam Butera

 Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM
Aug 172014
 
In Search of Sam Butera

~ In Search of Sam Butera ~ by Steve Conrad edited by Tam Francis As I finish work on my ghost story collection I thought I would share an interview Steve Conrad did for my magazine Swivel: Vintage Living. Steve is a dance instructor, producer and deejay. He runs the successful Arizona Lindy Hop Society. […more…]

How to Create a Vintage Swing Wedding on a Budget

 Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM
Apr 282014
 
How to Create a Vintage Swing Wedding on a Budget

~ How to create a vintage swing wedding on a budget ~                                   When David and I got married we wanted to have a vintage wedding. I mistakenly picked up bride magazines, but found them filled with articles and […more…]