Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free Pattern: Neckline Embroidery Motifs from Simplicity 7307, c. 1947

Do you ever obsess about owning a pattern, even if you'll probably never use it?

free embroidery pattern 1940s vintage simplicity 7307 rock and roll music notes

I bought Simlicity 7307 purely for the two motifs below - arn't they divine?   I would love to use them on a blouse or t-shirt.

I'll probably never end up using them, but a girl can dream right?
And since they're so pretty darn awesome, I thought you guys might like a copy as well.

To print, just right click and open the image in a new tab. (You might need to play with the resizing to make sure it will fit your oen garmets).

I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern 10: Juana, from High Fashion Knits (1950s)

Well, it's end of Curvy Month and I hope you've enjoyed this year's patterns.
I've saved this one to the end, for no reason other than I love the model!

This pattern is called Juana, and comes from High Fashion Knits c. 1953. It's a beautiful boat-necked top, with a braid trim around the top.

And gee I'd kill for her bird hat and gloves!

To Fit: 32-34-36-38 inch busts
Yarn: light fingering (3ply)
Needles: 3mm

Monday, August 03, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern 9: A Fine Knit Jumper in Three Sizes, c. 1950s

Apologies for the delay lovelies! Curvy Month has run slightly over due to my hectic workload - but the last pattern will published tomorrow.

Today's pattern is from Lavenda, and is knit in a fine 2-ply yarn (heaven to wear, hell to knit).
It has a delicate lace pattern down the jumper front and sleeves, and a round neckline.

To fit: 34, 36 and 38 inch busts
Yarn: light fingering
Needles: 3mm and 2.25mm

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Eight: Sirdar No. 1496, a ladies jumper c.1940s/50s

This pattern looks like a great transitional piece between seasons - not to mention a great transition between 1940s and 1950s styling.

This fitted cardigan also has a subtle textured stripe down the fronts.

To fit: 40/42/44 inch busts
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 4mm.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Curvy Month Seven: Regal Jumper, c. 1940s

I have a hunch that this would be a really fun knit - the bell texture stitch looks really interesting.
This pattern comes from Twin-Prufe, but I can't remember which one sorry!

The button closure on the neck is super sweet too.
This jumper has the options for long and short sleeves.

To fit: 38-40 in bust
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm

Curvy Month Pattern Six: Carnaval Cardigan, c.1950s

I really love this cardigan (from Patons Style Vol.16) - a peter-pan collar plus a two-tone front?

The model looks a little like Grace Kelly don't you think?

To fit: 32-33 in, 34-35in and 36-37in busts
Yarn: fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FO: 1950s Inspired Dungarees (the Gertie Jeans strike again!)

Oh Gertie Jeans, you're such a great pattern now that you fit properly - and I love your versatility.

1950s overalls dungarees womans plus size large denim vintage jeans

The pattern (Butterick 5895) was so easy to modinto dungarees/overalls - just add a bib front and straps. Viola!

bakelite bracelets bangles lucite handbag wicker 1950s vintage

As you can probably tell, I did change the pockets to slant pockets with a double line of top-stitching like the EvaDress jeans I made - it's how Freddies make theirs and I think it looks neat.

The bib-front was pretty much copied off the Freddies of Pinewood Dungaree Dolls, but with the addition of some side bust darts.

I used moderately stretchy denim, and a back zipper (like normal) so they're comfortable plus easy to get in and out of.

cement flamingo 1950s kitsch garden

Would I make these again? Hmm, probably not, as one pair of fitted dungarees is probably enough.

They are definitely a winner in my book though (I wore them to the Rock and Roll Markets in Sydney today) and I know I'll wear them a lot.
I'm going to make them up again as just plain jeans.

Just goes to show - spend the time to tweak a pattern to fit and you'll be rewarded with a lot of options.

  • Sunglasses - Modcloth
  • 1950s Lucite and Wicker handbag - eBay
  • 1950s Scarf - op-shop
  • Bakelite Bangles - Etsy
  • 1940s Cowboy Brooch - Etsy

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Five: Fisherman-Knit Cardigan, c. 1950s

Doesn't this cardigan look so warm and squishy?
It's Bestway A2738, from approx 1950.

1950s cardigan knitting pattern bestway a2738

Even better, it's knit in bulky yarn, so it's a super quick knit.

To Fit:32-34 in, and 35-37 in busts
Yarn: Bulky
Needles: 3.75mm, 3.25mm and 3mm.

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