Yesterday I washed my hair and put it into pin curls all over, and used a home-made setting lotion.
Worked very well! The curls turned out nicely, and were soft and managable, and not frizzy like I usually get! :^) The hairstyle (mostly) follows a style tutorial form the book Vintage Hairstyling. The recipe for the setting lotion came from here. I actually changed the recipe a bit, so here is my version of
Homemade Hair Setting Lotion
1 Tb. flax seeds + 2 cups water
Boil in a sauce pan until gelatinous. About 10 minutes.
Should be about the consistency of egg whites. Pour through a strainer to remove seeds.
Store in a glass container in refridgerator.
When putting wet hair into pincurls or other curlers, get some of the flax seed mixture on your fingers and massage through the section of hair about to be curled.
I really like how it's so simple and natural. I really despise and try to avoid using chemical based hair products.
The hairstyle conists of a pompadour in front, two french twists in back, some mini-twists at the temples, with all the ends of the curls piled up top.
Since I'm very new to sewing 40s, before I made a dress with the chosen green fabric - I 'practiced' with some other fabric.
The blue dress is a lightweight polyester suiting, and made from the pattern shown below:
The peach/yellow, whatever it is, dress is made from the same pattern as the green, and is also from rayon challis.
This pattern isn't dated - I'm guessing 1942-44.
Any other guesses?
I'm very happy with my 40s outfit, and am very much looking forward to the dance!