Subversive Femme

A quick update

Phew, do you know how it feels when your life is a whirlwind and there’s just not enough time in the day for the small things?

I’ve currently got a few projects on the go (plus an extreme work schedule) but here’s a sneak peek of what’s been on my plate:

– Test sewing an awesome vintage-inspired pattern for another blogger. The styling is great, and it’s killing me that I can’t show you yet. Be prepared for polka dots and ric-rac trim coming soon.

– My ‘V For Victory’ Jumper is nearly complete. Only one sleeve left, and of course the temperature has jumped to 28c so I may not get to wear it until next year.

1940s knitting pattern vintage jumper sweater

– Cowboy has asked that I make her two vintage shirts for her birthday in a couple of weeks. We were lucky and spotted 100% rayon shirting in Spotlight, so I’ll be using Advance 7869 (view 2).

And of course she’ll model the finished shirts for us.

– Do you like the two new Vogue Couturier patterns I found last weekend? I’m swooning. It’s like the holy grail of Pattern Collecting to find 1940’s Vogue Couturier patterns in a market.

vogue couturier sewing pattern 366 1940s

vogue couturier sewing pattern 343 1940s

– I’ve been busily experimenting with the perfect way to set my hair. Wet sets give me poodle fluff, hot sets don’t last more than two days without curling the ends every night.
At long last, I think I’ve found the solution – a combination set!

It starts like a wet set – wash your hair, and wait until its 95% dry.

BUT THEN instead of just curling the hair on sponge rollers, use your hot tongs to set the hair for about 5 seconds per section. Wrap the section around the sponge rollers like normal, in fact, it will be easier because your hair is already curled.

Spritz with setting lotion, wrap in a head scarf and sleep on them overnight.

My wave is lasting for a good four days now without need to re-set each night – here’s what Day 3 looks like (wearing the same jumper from Retrospec’d, oops!).

vintage short hair style lesbian red 1940s set setting

Well – hopefully I’ll have a more coherent post coming up soon but in the meantime I’d love to know what everyone else is up to!

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    September 10, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Your hair looks great! I hate using the curling iron unless it's an emergency. I can usually make my wet set last 3 days if I'm careful.

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    September 10, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Nice stuff! Gosh, it's been so long since I've had a visit. I'm going to poke around and catch up. I will say that I can't live without a wet set and in order for me to get what I want, I need to sleep in at least a few rollers. But I grew up in rollers so it really doesn't bother me 🙂

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    September 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    OMG! 4 days of curls, that's crazy!!! I can barely get my sponge sets to last 2 days. I'm going to have to try your method out (once I get a curling iron) to see how long I can get my set to last.

    I'm in love with your Victory sweater and the colors you chose, not to mention those fab couturier patterns. 366 is a killer!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    September 12, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Your hair looks absolutely wonderful and as fresh as a daisy on day four. Tres impressive, dear gal! (Love, love, love your colour, too, I should mention.)

    Thank you very much for your comment on my book review post. You're spot on, Australia is scarcely mentioned at all, unfortunately. Perhaps it's a sign that I should write a post (or book – could you imagine?) on Canadian fashions during the 40s and you should do one on Australia. We must speak for our great Commonwealth nations! 🙂

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    kate steeper
    September 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Adore the clothes and the hair …oh to be young enough to be who i want to be…lol

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    September 13, 2013 at 1:57 am

    True! Maybe we should write a book about Fashion in the Commonwealth hehe x

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    September 13, 2013 at 1:59 am

    And I'm jealous of your hair in general!!

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    September 13, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Im very jealous!

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    September 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I love the set – are you using sleep-in sponge rollers?

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    September 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Melody – yep, they're the ones! 😉

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    Grace Alexandrou
    October 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What setting lotion do you use?? I'm trying to find one, but really dont know what options we have in Australia

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    October 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Grace!

    I swear by Wavol (http://www.wavol.com.au/) – apparently its the same stuff as the Lindy Charm School Lotion, but in a different bottle (smells the same).

    I get mine in 1L packs from here http://www.directhairandbeauty.com.au/shop/Setting-Lotion-1L.html

    hope that helps!

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    Grace Alexandrou
    October 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    thanks so much!! I will try it out 🙂

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