It's Hank Williams tonight.
Hi all. I haven't abandoned the blog, I've been working on other things.
First off, my friend and I are finally putting some initiative in learning to dance. We've taken a few free classes and I've found more people who can helm me learn. I have to keep on them though. I'm a good nag. We also are looking for classes and might have some leads on rather inexpensive ones.
But for the last few weeks, we have been going to a local dive bar but they have swing lessons every Tuesday AND a live band! Real good live bands. It's been fun.
I haven't been getting dressed up a lot lately, but I did manage to snap some photos of my outfit from last night.
As far as my Air Raid outfits. I'm still making progress.
This past weekend I met two of my other vintage friends and we took a trek to one of the only millinery stores in the country, probably the world. We got there on time, but apparently on a Saturday, the store opens at an 'ish' time. There were about three people waiting, so we just decided to look in the sewing shop across the street.
Dozens of used industrial machines. All in different stages of repair/life. Some I wondered what they did.
We went back later and the millinery store was finally open! These were the doors.
I do so love the tidbits of vintage detailing that you stumble upon in downtown. It's wondrous!
Shelves and shelves of old hat veils, millinery fruit and trims. Beautiful stuff from buyouts of old stores from the 60s and 70s. The bad thing was the store was a crap hole. Disorganized and dusty beyond belief. But apparently all the studios come down there to get findings for costumes, so it's the place to go.
I did like it, but didn't buy anything but some buckram, which they had for a good price.
The store was also a few blocks from the fabric district so we stopped by. While I was there I went on and grabbed some fabric dye for my other sweater.
Finally go around to dyeing it.
When I was thinking of the color I wanted I was envisioning a more muted deeper brown. This one is a warmer brighter one than I was thinking, but I can live with it.
The knit of the cotton was so tight that on the dye missed some yarn. But it does not really show and it's livable and I managed to dye this one the same way as the other one with no incidents. Now I have to choose buttons.
It's also time to work on my helmet.
I got this beauty online for less that $20 a few weeks ago.
A friend of mine sent me some Air Raid decals but I don't know if I want to use them.
I think I'll scan them and do a print out. I also need to work on my armband. That I'll do later today.
One last thing...
I finally got around to doing a new draft for a garter belt.
I'm still working on my girdle, but I wanted something for the Air Raid and these take about a day to whip up. I'm lowering the back because I have shelf butt and I get sick of the belt ridding up.
The cross out in the back is where the elastic is gonna go.
It's customization all the way baby!
That's a lot of stuff in a few days. And my legs are wobbly from dancin'. Still this Saturday should be a blast. I won't allow my brain to be hindered by the fact it might rain...