Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Patterns and Pincurls

So ready to see the final results of my pincurl efforts with my new haircut?

Yes, I know. I look a bit like a poodle. So it didn't turn out nearly as well as hoped. Actually I had worried it might not hold the curl well enough. Turns out it holds it quite well. Too well. I was actually forced to go out with my hair like this since I had an exam review period and no time to de-poof.

On the plus side, it did allow me to test the new recipe I found for hair setting lotion. Link here. It is made from flax seeds that are basically boiled in water. It was a lot thicker than I expected but it really works. My hair held most of that poof all day. Which may or may not be a good thing.... But it didn't make my hair greasy or crunchy like normal hair products.

In other news, I went to the antiques market after my exam. I know I was just there but I figured it was one of my last chances before I move. I ended up scoring some lovely patterns. They cost only about $3.50 each, which is amazing considering last time I was in Fabricland they had new patterns "on sale" for $15 each!!!

The first one I think is from the late 1950's. The other two I know are from the mid-1960's.

I am quite looking forward to being reunited with my sewing machine. When I get home I am going to hit the fabric store and get some nice new fabric to make something. I may start with the jacket since it looks quite easy and I haven't sewn with a pattern in a while. Normally I just wing it and hope for the best.

I also saw the cutest sewing box at the antique market. I didn't buy it since it was a little pricey and I couldn't figure out how to get it back on the bus with me. I am hoping it is still there when my parents pick me up in a week and a half. I will be heartbroken if it isn't. I couldn't find an exact picture but it looks like a slightly more 1950's version of this:


  1. Hi Kate! I'm terribly excited you gave both pincurls and flax seed setting lotion a try!

    You did your curls exactly right, all you need to do is brush them out more. I use a wide toothed comb to get all the curls smoothed out first, and then I curl the bottom with a round bristle brush. Check outLisa's part 2 video to see how she finishes it up. Do give it a second try! You did marvelously!

  2. thanks for the setting lotion recipe. I was just going to suggest what Noir Girl did: pincurls are all about the brush out, apparently.