Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Cap" & "Fringe" Hair Nets

Someone on the Fedora Lounge asked about the hair net sign in this photo:

They wanted to know what the difference between a "cap" hair net and a "fringe" hair net.

Now, I had never heard of either until that post. On the quest for correct information, I did my research. And by research I typed in "cap fringe hair net" in google.

Found a link to this book (available for free on google books!), published in 1940: Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia .

Here's the blurb with the answer:

"The business of making hair nets began to decline in 1923. This was due to the popular fashion of bobbed hair. When this fashion swept the country it forced forty thousand girls in Shanghai out of employment. This decline in business continued until 1929, when a modified return to long hair increased the demand for nets. By this time, however, a small, cap-shaped net for bobbed hair had entered the field and attained great popularity. Milady of fashion could now call for a 'cap' net, or, if she preferred, the 'fringe', which was made for long hair."

So the answer, in short, "cap" hair nets are for bobbed hair; "fringe" hair nets are for longer hair.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Butterick 6567

In 2009/2010 I was a little sewing machine. I sewed so many lovely 30s and 40s dresses it was insane. At the end of 2010 a series of events began and my sewing waned. Actually, I just stopped all together until the last 2 weeks. I would bang out a dress in a day at one time. I had an enviable vintage wardrobe! Now, it took me about 3 weeks to finish an APRON. Lol. Work, husband, school, and changing styles has lead me to sew a lot less often.
I did enjoy making my little apron. I may make more. They are too cute.

Dress #5 -- Simplicity 8485 (1969)