Friends, let's cut to the chase. What do you think of the snood?
As my 1944 Outfit Project draws to a close, and with our photo shoot tentatively scheduled for Thursday (yes, Thanksgiving) morning -- where my cousin will be channeling Maureen O'Hara in Miracle on 34th Street -- I've been busy trying to assemble Cathy's period look on a dime.
I think you've already seen my muff, and why does that sound dirty? The consensus seems to be that this little $3 hand warmer is shaved rabbit, or shaved something -- real fur.
My original intention had been to make my own shoulder pads for the coat, but I was up at Daytona Trim on 39th Street yesterday, and they had an entire canvas rolling cart full of these molded pads of thick, layered batting for just $1 a pair. They're not covered -- I'll likely do that myself with muslin -- but they're huge. To get the effect I'm going for, I'll be putting a pair in each shoulder!
I also picked up a yard and a half of crepe-backed satin for lining at Chic Fabrics. I was originally going to use Bemberg rayon, but it didn't look heavy enough plus that's kind of fancy, don't you think? I like the look of the satin better, it's cheap, doesn't wrinkle easily, and I think the weight will enhance the drape of the coat.
Then there was the question of hats/hair. The Forties had a very particular look and I wasn't sure how to recreate it. I looked at hats at the flea market, but the colors were all wrong (I needed brown or a muted green), or the shape, or the price. I was hoping to find something like this, but no such luck.
So on my way home from the fabric store yesterday, I passed one of those ginormous beauty supply/wig/hair extension stores one often finds in New York City, Beauty 35, and I poked my head in to see what kind of accessories they might offer. Friends, Lady Luck smiled on me once again: I found a wide assortment of snoods -- just $1.99 each! I bought two: one brown, one burgundy.
I experimented with them, and I must get your opinion, both of Cathy in a snood and of snoods in general. To me, this type of hair covering treads dangerously into Orthodox Jewish territory. (I have two orthodox first cousins -- daughters of my Aunt Florence with the aqua toilet that looks like a Pintastic pin dispenser -- so it's a look I know well.)
OK, brace yourself:
1) With the bangs, I am a dead ringer for my cousin Ellen (who no longer goes by the name Ellen, of course).
2) This is a combination of Cathy's new hairdo, with Cathy's old hairdo in the snood. Rest assured, she'll be clean-shaven and won't have swim goggle imprints around her eyes. (Flower courtesy of Beauty 35 @ $1.)
3) Then last night I had an epiphany. Some of the most famous Forties pin-ups were blondes. I combined my vintage Eva Gabor wig (I didn't tell you about that $5 eBay purchase) with my Peter and the Parrot blonde wig in the snood, and came up with this:
Friends, Michael likes the blonde!
Anyway, back to today's topic. I'm too lazy to delve deeply into the history of snoods, which have apparently been around since Medieval times, but you can read more about them at the Adore Cherie blog, where you can also catch a photo of Casey looking a little Amish if you ask me. Snoods were popular during World War II and then fell out of fashion, though they've seen a resurgence in popularity among the vintage-loving crowd.
Are snoods simply too costumey for today, in your opinion? Have you ever worn one? Do they make you want to say One ringy dingy and snort through your nose?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!