Tentative Tattoo Planning

Lately I’ve been dreaming of getting a tattoo. I’ve wanted one ever since I was 15 and first got into music. Since then I’ve gone through lots of ideas but never followed through because I was young and was unsure if I would regret my choices.. Now I’m moving closer towards my mid-twenties, I have a lot more faith in myself to pick an idea that I will love for a long time. In any case, I can’t get a tattoo yet because I’m still recovering from health problems so I’m safe to brainstorm without worrying about making an impulsive mistake. I am hoping, though, that sometime next year I can finally make something permenant.

Part of me wants to be a painted lady, covered in art.

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But that’s not going to happen any time soon. Tattoos are expensive and I will stick to areas that are easy to hide for work. Also, I don’t even know what it feels like yet. Maybe I’m the biggest wimp and will end up with half a tattoo xD My first tattoo will definitely be something small and meaningful.

During my tattoo research I kept stumbling upon amazing vintage-style tattoo designs

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I soon discovered that the artist is Angelique Houtkamp, a fabulous Dutch tattoo artist with a shop full of similarly amazing artists in Amsterdam. Right on my doorstep!

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I’m definitely going to look into getting tattooed there in the future.

I also like Lina Stigsson and Emile Steenhuizen’s work at Admiraal Tattoo in Amsterdam.

Casting Scarlett O’Hara

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After the novel Gone with the Wind was published in 1936, the search for the right actress to play Scarlett in the MGM film adaptation had begun. 1,400 actresses were interviewed for the part and 400 were asked to do readings. In contrast, the public and the studio were unanimous about who should play the leading man, Rhett Butler. That was Clark Gable.

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Just a few of the actresses considered: First colomn to last: Paulette Goddard, Tallulah Bankhead, Lana Turner, Lucille Ball, Joan Bennett, Katherine Hepburn, Olivia de Hallivand, Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford

In Katharine Hepburn’s autobiography Me: Stories of my Life, she says that she was considered a back up option for Scarlett if they couldn’t find a better fit. George Cukor was hired as the director (and later fired) and he had worked with Katharine on A Bill of Divorcement and Little Women (later they would make The Philadelphia Story together). He thought she wasn’t the right type of girl and so they kept searching. Of course, in the end the two serious contenders are said to have been Paulette Goddard and Vivien Leigh.

Vivien Leigh was unknown in America but David Selznick, the producer, was impressed with what he had seen of her. Yet he considered her “too British” for the role. Vivien got a second chance to impress when she met Selznick through Laurence Olivier. He discovered that just like Scarlett, Vivien was half Irish and half French. They had found their Scarlett. Vivien Leigh went on to win an Oscar for her performance.

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Silent Summary

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I’ve been getting into silent films lately. I decided to sit through The Birth of a Nation to start with. Would not recommend. It’s three hours long and not very exciting. Of course, it’s also racist. They use white people to play black characters which confused the heck out of me. You have to remind yourself that that obviously white guy is playing a black political leader. Sigh…

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Next up was The Sheik which I also didn’t love but it was ok. It seems a lot more commercial than other films I’ve watched from the 20s and 30s but now I understand why girls wept at the death of Rudolph Valentino. What a handsome fellow! I would say he’s the best reason to watch the film. I watched the sequel The Son of the Sheik which was much the same.

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A film that I did love was Flesh and the Devil. Here comes my Garbo crush again. She was captivating in this film, divine! Just watch this scene…It makes me want to get a matchstick tattoed on my body (Ok maybe not. Maybe just a tiny portrait of Greta Garbo ;-) )

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Another great film that I watched was 7th Heaven. It’s a lovely romantic film set in France at the time of the First World War.

Henna: Part II

The deets

Natural hair colour: dark blonde/light brown

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Henna used: Caca Rouge from Lush
Hair length: bra strap length
Number of squares used: 4 of the 6
Time left on head: 4 .5 hours
Extra info: I shampooed my hair the morning before dyeing it but did not condition it. (Not sure if that makes a difference but it’s a possible variable.)

My method was as such: get in the shower, pat mud on head, have bf shower away the mud that falls on skin or the floor while I transformed myself into a swamp monster. That’s the huge downside to this compared to normal dye, it doesn’t come in a bottle with a precision nozzle so you have to throw it on. You also have to guess the right consistency which is not easy. Too thick and it doesn’t spread, too thin and you can’t pick it up with your fingers.

When you’re done putting it on you have to cover your head in clingfilm and leave it on for four hours (or more if you wish). Although Lush kindly supplies a pair of gloves to keep your hands stain free, unfortunately the stuff will drip out of your clingfilmed head anyway and leave you with an orange neck.

Rinsing took quite a while. The dye came out quite quickly but I was left with ‘bits’ in my hair as if I’d been to the beach and got covered in sand. I added a bit of conditioner and kept scrubbing to help the process along and eventually it all came out but my hair still felt sticky from the cocoa butter in the Caca Rouge.

The morning after

Eww, my hair looked and felt so greasy from the cocoa butter. I had to wash it again and did so with shampoo and conditioner which didn’t cause any dye to wash out, yay! Afterwards it was clean, sparkling and glowing in its full ginger glory! I love it xD

You wanna see? (Even though the ends aren’t dry yet. I couldn’t wait to take pics!)

Drumroll please………….

Ta da!

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If the muslin fits…

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Yesterday I went on a muslin making spree. I had to resize my pattern first because it was about 3 inches off. I thought the new pattern still looked a bit too big but after I’d sewed the darts on the muslin it fit me like glove. I’m a bit nervous about having a go with the real fabric because I bet I need to make quite a few adjustments anyway. The fabric I used for the muslin is more supple than the one I’ll use for the real thing and has a tiny bit of stretch. Maybe the fabric will soften a bit after I pre-wash it. The fabric is cotton in a mint colour, kind of like this:

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One strange thing is that the version I’m making, view 3 (the yellow one in the picture) has no closure in the design at all. I think this is nuts. It would have to be huge for me to be able to slip it on. Or maybe in a stretchy material, but to me it seems like the design needs a structured fabric. Simplicity¬†pattern makers of 1958, what on earth were you thinking?¬†I’m definitely going to have to add a zip. View 1 and 2 have instructions for adding a zip so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure it out.

Sewing the real thing is going to require a lot of patience because this time it actually has to look neat… I’ve also got facings and trimmings to contend with but all in all, it’s going quite well so far!