Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Jello Salad

Today isn't Memorial Day, but this weekend is full of great opportunities for barbecuing and stuff.  For tonight, I made a Lime-Kiwi-Golden Raspberry Jello Salad.  With the added lime juice, it has a little sweet-tart kick to it!

Lime-Kiwi-Golden Raspberry Jello Salad

1 pkg Lime Jello
1 cup Hot Water
2/3 cup Cold Water
2 TBSP Lime Juice
1-1/2 cup Cool Whip
12 oz Golden Raspberries
3 Kiwi, diced

1. Place the jello mix, hot water, and lime juice into a bowl.  Stir until jello mix is dissolved.  Add in cold water.   Refrigerate until firm.
2. Pull lime jello out of the fridge and stir with spoon to break up all jello.  Stir in the cool whip.
3. Gently fold in the golden raspberries and diced kiwi.
4. Chill until ready to serve.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Boosting My Etsy Store

I am planning to really boost my etsy store.  I would love to be able to make some actual money through Etsy.  I've thought about it and for a while now, I've wanted to make stuff for men.  Rockabilly, 1940s, 1950s stuff for men.  I have some fabric samples coming and some vintage patterns.

One thing I will definitely be making is a Men's Cabana Set - Shirt and Trunks.  I'll also have a few various men's shirt selections.  When it gets closer to happening, I will make a bigger post about it.

Sew-Time Wednesday: Vintage Blouse!

I was at one of the local antique stores this past week and found a very cute blouse.  It buttons up the back and is actually one size too small for me.

If you find an old pattern that is one size too small, you can always add a little extra (1/4") around the perimeter to enlarge the pattern one size up.

After getting the pattern, I went over to JoAnn Fabric to find something suitable for this blouse.  I found a cotton with a grey loose grid and dot/circle print.  It's fairly MCM and neutral, perfect for work and matching with various trousers and skirts.

When I got home and pulled out the pattern, I found that all the pieces were there, except for the collar.  When this type of thing happens I draw my own pattern piece.  This is more of an advanced sewing skill.  In order to draw the collar, I had to first see what shape the collar was supposed to be.  This was found on the instruction sheets that were in with the pattern.

I took a piece of plain paper and roughed out the general shape of the collar.  I made it 2-1/2" deep at the back and went from there.  It was by no means done.  I pulled out my tape measure and measured the neck of the front and back.  My collar will have to attach here, so it needs to fit.  According to the picture of the pattern piece, it's supposed to curve slightly.  I drew it in and made note to cut it out with a hem margin.  Here is how my collar pattern turned out.

I think I did pretty good
Here is the finished garment.  It's a little fitted near the waist, but roomy around the bust.  That's one thing I love about these vintage patterns.  They fit like a dream!  Maybe it's my body shape.  I don't know.  Whatever it is, they fit me and I love them!  On this particular pattern, I would make the neck hole a 1/2" bigger, but it still fits just fine.


Here it is on me.  I'm thinking that maybe I need one more button.  I'll have to see how it works out today.

Do you have a vintage pattern that you need help with?  I'm always willing to help out if I can!  Just email me or leave me a comment or something.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pin-Up Pageant & Cruis'n with Santa Car Show!!!

The girls and I put in a bunch of time and effort to put together the Pin-Up Pageant!  I think we did a fantastic job for our first pageant!   The pageant was held at the Cruis'n with Santa Car Show, a fundraiser that the North Pole Lions Club puts on every year.  This is the 10th year and we're kind like the special new event!  How cool is that?!  Thank you NP Lions Club for letting us do this at your event!!!

When we started putting things together we started to find new people in the community who love the rockabilly look/lifestyle, but never knew anyone else in town did it.  We're bringing people together!!!  Our little Alaskan group needs to have a BBQ or something!  It would be so great to meet everyone!

I'll spill the beans about what the Grand Prize was: Hair & Make-up at Mad Vintage (hair salon), Make-up with Shimmer N' Shade (make-up artist), $10 gift certificate from Blue Door Antiques, a hair flower from NiccocoCreations, a martini mermaid cosmetic bag from Fluff, a one-week pass to the Alaska Club (gym), a photoshoot with Little Bear Photography, a hand-painted retro-inspired fishing lure from me, cat-eye sunglasses, a pin-up decal, and...gosh....what else?   I think there was something else, but I totally forgot!

All the girls walked away with a goody bag.  Second and third place winners walked away with a little extra. ;)  We kicked some butt with the prizes, right?!  We think so!

At the last minute, I was asked to emcee the pageant.  I've never backed away from public speaking (speaking over the phone gives me a bit of anxiety - go figure) and plan on doing my best.

If any local girls are reading this, we will be meeting at Kodiak Jack's tonight at 9pm for downtime and drinks!  Come join us!

Here are some pictures from the event.  Enjoy!

Winner: Cherry Darling!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Types of Rockabilly Men

I was looking around for an article on rockabilly men and I couldn't really find anything.  Isn't that strange?  I think it would be swell to see more articles on the men in our subculture.

I have decided to talk about Types of Rockabilly Men (I'll include those vintage lifers in here too) and their general look. 


I have found that there are two types of Greasers: the car kulture guys and the guys who do it for ease.  In general, the standard style is cuffed jeans, t-shirt (typically white or black), bowling or work shirt, and either converse all-stars or leather work boots.  The car kulture guys sometimes belong to a car club and will have a jacket or vest with the logo.  I want to point out that the car kulture guys actually work on their own car or restoring cars as a job - it's not just a fun term.

Vintage Lifers
These men have everyday clothes (vintage or reproduction) of the 1940s and 1950s.  They also probably live in a house/apartment/abode that looks like a time capsule once you step inside; if not, they probably are in the process of getting there.  You're going to find these guys owning a pretty wide variety of clothing, not shying away from a pink shirt, comfortable wearing a suit and fedora, etc.  If these guys wear jeans, it's probably not going to be to work unless their job demands something a bit more heavy duty.

Teddy Boys
Teddy boys is kind of 1950s-does-Edwardian (hence "Teddy").  They tend to wear frock coats and vest, slim pants or pegged pants or high-waisted drainpipe trousers, "slim jim" ties or western "maverick" ties, sunglasses, creepers (shoes) or leather dress shoes, and their hair is usually in a fancier men's style like a jelly roll or a DA.

Reverend Horton Heat in western style

The western guys have an old-school 1950s western vibe.  They often wear western shirts, sometimes with Mexican themes.  They tend to wear western-style box jackets.  Often, they have native american, wild west, and Mexican themes to their clothing and accessories.  Western boots, wool barn coats, and cowboy hats are pretty common too.

This is punk-meets-rockabilly.  These guys essentially wear what various types of rockabilly guys wear, but it might be in day-glo colors or covered in studs/spikes.  They tend to be more open to modern types of fabric - such as vinyl pants or spandex or just stuff with modern prints instead of 1940s/1950s prints.  They tend to push the style to extremes with hair dye, super high pompadours, etc.

Captain America film

These guys stick to the 1940s, often with WWII flair.  These guys sometimes also re-enact WWII stuff.  You'll find that a lot of the flyboys won't wear zoot suits due to the history behind them.  The 1940s style of trousers went from a wider leg to a narrower leg.  You'll find them wearing fedoras, either trench coats or Ike coats (WWII short coats), saddle shoes or wingtips or loafers, wide ties, suspenders, etc.