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Portraiture and Me Made May 2016

the artyologist self portrait with straw hat

You know when you have a bunch of photos to post and you don’t really have anything to say about them? Yep, that would be the case with these.

I was trying to take a picture of what I wore, earlier this week, because I am taking part in Me Made May this year, and then I just decided, why not do a self portrait photo shoot? I used to take self portraits when I lived on my own, but now¬†my sister usually takes outfit photos for me, since we live together. She wasn’t around so I decided to play around with the self portrait style again. That’s why these images have a bit more serious of a style- usually when she is taking photos the majority of the photos end up being outtakes where I am either laughing or making funny faces. Usually making funny faces ūüėČ

the artyologist image of tulips and portrait for me made may

But anyways, yes I am participating in Me Made May, which I was going to blog about on here, and 7 days into the month I still haven’t done so! Oops:¬†time flies by!¬†I, of course, decided to join at the last moment- literally on the 1st of the month when I saw a bunch of people posting photos of their outfits on the morning of ūüôā¬†The idea behind Me Made May is to wear the clothes you have made yourself. I never participated before because I just don’t have enough homemade items to last an entire month (without recycling outfits I mean, which would be super boring for a documented challenge) But I still wanted to participate, so I came up with a twist on the challenge.¬†I do have a fair share of garments, and odds and ends like purses and hats that I have made for myself, yet¬†never seem to reach for on a daily basis. So, my challenge is¬†to wear EACH of my homemade garments and accessories at least once this month. (While I will actually wear some of them many times, I won’t bore you with taking pictures of them over and over!) This challenge of course excludes¬†seasonally inappropriate garments as well. (Unless it snows this month- not unheard of- although I sincerely hope not!) I’ll be posting my pictures, when I take them, on instagram, and I’ll probably do a round up here as well.

the artyologist image of tulips

Anyways, if you want to find out about Me Made May 2016 you can just click on that little button on the side that says “#MMM16I’m taking part”, (go figure!) and it will take you to the page of the lady who is hosting it.

the artyologist self portrait for me made may

And, well there you go. I said I didn’t have anything to say, and here I have managed to ramble on for a few paragraphs ūüôā

the artyologist self portrait

the artyologist image of tulips

Oh and aren’t these tulips sweet? My lovely sister got them for me as a wonderful Spring surprise!

The “Mix Up” Suspender Skirt

the artyologist image of suspender skirt inspired by 1939 sears catalogue

I’ve been sewing for probably 15 or so years, since my mom taught me when I was quite young.¬†I look back to the early days of my sewing adventures, and the garments I made were often baggy, shapeless, ill fitting and unflattering. (Whew, that’s a mouthful of insulting descriptions!)¬†I wasn’t very good at choosing garments that would look good on me, and not very good at fitting said garments either. Fortunately with time and practice though, my sewing skills have improved. I like to think that my style has improved a bit too ūüėČ I still have so much to learn, but each time, I get a little bit more accomplished.¬†One of the garments¬†that I am¬†the “proudest” to have been able to make is this suspender¬†skirt.

the artyologist image 1939 sears catalogue skirt

I came across this illustration in a 1939 Sears catalogue. This group of skirts are¬†called “Mix Up’s”, because of their ability to mix-and-match in your wardrobe. Interestingly “Mix-and-Match” separates weren’t really a marketed¬†item until the Depression and War Years, although of course people always did mix and match. During those years where poverty turned into rationing and people didn’t have the money or the resources to make new outfits, mix and match separates were worn to help stretch the wardrobe. It is interesting that in this catalogue- that is the marketed feature¬†of this skirt. (Also jealous to note the $1.98 price tag for a wool skirt- although in todays dollars that would be. . . only $34. . . ¬†ok never mind I am still jealous)

the artyologist image of suspender skirt inspired by vintage sears catalogue

I love the suspender¬†skirt in the centre, so I decided to try and make something like it. I didn’t have a pattern, I had never drafted a pattern from scratch before, and I only had a limited amount of fabric, as I had already used most of the twill for a pair of trousers, so it was a bit of a learning curve! I used an a-line skirt pattern I already had for the bottom, but I draped and drafted the vest/pinafore/suspenders. It took a few tries, and a lot of fiddly fitting, but fortunately I have my mother- master seamstress- to lend a hand when needed, and so it turned out! I omitted the laces in favour of a non-functioning button, and didn’t put buttons on the straps, instead placing them on the back of the skirt. The skirt is also made of brown denim twill rather than wool. So the skirt is “inspired by” rather than a direct copy of the illustration. I am afraid that I don’t have pictures of the¬†process, and actually I don’t really know what I did aside from drawing a shape I liked and cutting out a test muslin, so I won’t be able to tell you how to do it yourself. ūüôĀ Your welcome.

It is one of my favourite skirts however, and has become, like the advertisement said, a great “Mix Up” item in my wardrobe, as it goes with almost every top I own.

the artyologist image of button detail on 1939 vintage inspired suspender skirt

Excuse the excessive amount of crumpling¬†in the photos. ūüôĀ

the artyologist image of cloud reflections on a pond

the artyologist image of 1939 inspired suspender skirt and vintage scarf headwrap

Wearing a bow on your head makes your¬†day just that much better, don’t you think? Just look at how happy I am in this photo.

the artyologist image of earthies oxford shoes

A note about these shoes. I bought these two years ago, and they quickly became one¬†of my favourite pairs. Then while wearing them¬†last year, when I was riding my bicycle, I crashed. I skinned my knee, I scraped my bicycle, and¬†I did not cry. But I ripped the leather off the toe of these shoes- and that made me want to cry! I wasn’t sure if anything could be done, since there was a spot about the size of a nickel scuffed out of the leather, but I took them to my local cobbler and they came back like this! You can’t even see in this picture where the leather was damaged! So, the moral of the story? Take your shoes to the cobbler as they can work magic. Oh, and perhaps don’t wear your favourite heels while cycling, in the event of accidentally destroying¬†them.

the artyologist- vintage scarf headwrap

the artyologist image of 1939 vintage inspired suspender skirt

the artyologist image of back view of 1939 vintage suspender skirt

the artyologist image of poplar trees and clouds

 

Vintage Covers: Vogue February 15, 1941

the artyologist image of Vogue February 15, 1941

the artyologist image of Vogue February 15, 1941

A Spring fashion forecast: Here is the perfect ensemble for transitioning from the dreary days of Winter to the early days of Spring. The soft cashmere jacket is warm for chilly days, and eschews the heavy layers of winter garments. A classic colour palette of red, black and camel gives the ensemble an elegant touch. The look is topped off with a co-ordinating turban, classic pearl earrings and a brooch for an extra sparkle. 

Here is another look inspired by a vintage Vogue magazine cover from February 1941. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, so this may not be seasonally appropriate for you, but where I am today we are expecting snow! It is cold, so on a day like this, this outfit has a certain appeal. . .

Vintage Avon Flea Market Finds & That Evening Glow

the artyologist image of evening sunshine

One of the most beautiful times of day, is at the end of it, when the sun is setting and it creates that beautiful evening glow. It was just so last Thursday, when we took these pictures. It kind of wreaked havoc on the photo-taking, since it was so brightРand I was trying desperately not to squint, but oh well- it was a gorgeous day nonetheless, and the photos we did manage to get have a lovely golden tint to them.

the artyologist image of vintage 1950's outfit with vera pelle purse

Last Thursday was our local community garage sale. I had never attended before, but had heard good things about it, and¬†although I was hoping to come away with a lot of great flea market finds, I¬†only found a few. Unfortunately there were no clothes at the sale, so¬†I wasn’t really expecting to find much great vintage stuff, but I did find these three cute clutches.

the artyologist image of vintage clutches and avon makeup set

I really don’t know why I love clutches so much since they are so impractical for my life, since I never go out in the evening, and tiny purses don’t hold anything. Maybe I have this deep seated desire to be that¬†woman¬†who goes to all the ritzy clubs each night in my diamonds and furs and dances the night away, like every movie from the 50’s tells us life is like. And then I realize that I do not live that life- but I keep compulsively buying clutches anyways. . .

the artyologist image of golden glow and vintage black evening clutch

Anyways, I had recently been thinking that I would love to find a black evening bag, and now I’ve found it! It is not vintage, but it is a great classic style, so maybe if I do ever go out in the evening, I’ll be able to use it.

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

The gold clutch and the polka dot glitter rose gold case¬†are¬†vintage though. And even better- the dotted glitter purse is a vintage Avon make-up set including the original untouched powder compact and lipstick. I can’t find much information out about this set, unfortunately. The lipstick colour is Avon Products Montreal “Instant Mocha”, and the compact is only labeled Avon Products New York. The best I can discover is that it is from the 1970’s. 40 year old lipstick anyone? Haha- I think I’ll stick with my new stuff, and leave the vintage love for clothes!

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

the artyologist image of vintage style outfit and vera pelle purse

the artyologist vintage gold evening bag