Friday, July 03, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Two: Novelty Golden Barley Jumper, c. 1950s

'So new, so different, so pretty! Our simple sky-blue jersey is embroidered with ripe ears of golden barley...'

This sweet little jumper comes from Weldon's Ladies Journal, and would be a fun novelty knit to pair with pedal pushers!

free knitting pattern 1950s large xl plus size novelty

This jumper is knit first (long or short sleeves) and the barley embroidered on later. On the upside, this would be a really easy design to embroider on any plan jumper for a taste of novelty (if you didn't want to knit your own).

To fit: 31-33 inch, 33-35 inch and 35-37 inch busts
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm
Yarn: Fingering

As per always, right click on the image and open in a new tab to see full size versions for printing.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern One: Knitted ArtDeco Blouse, c. 1936

Welcome to Curvy Month - a whole month devoted to outsize (greater than 34" bust) vintage knitting patterns.

After searching through my collection I'm ready to offer up another 10 stylish offerings that I hope you'll enjoy.

Today's knitting pattern comes from Vogue's 4th Book of Knitting and Crochet circa 1936, called Blouse for Older Woman.

plus size knitting pattern free 1930s

free vintage knitting pattern plus size 1930s vogue

For a matronly design, I actually think this is quite stylish! I really like the wrap collar style, with side tie. This Vogue magazine is filled with great styles, I can't wait to share more with you this year.

To fit: 38 inch bust
Needles: 2.25mm and 3mm
Yarn: Fingering weight.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sewing, Knitting and Dancing!

You may or may not have been asking where I've been...

Apologies for the silence at the moment - a combination of a heavy workload, dancing events plus a few sewing projects going awry meant there wasn't much to show right now.

Here's a quick snapshot of what I have been up to, before Curvy Month begins.


Sneaky-peek at some jeans I made on the weekend - using my favorite pattern, EvaDress 3322 Swing Trousers. I like these even better that the last pair!

As you can tell, they're heavily modified and I'll have a post coming up next week showing how to add these pockets AND remove a front dart from trousers.

Brrrr... It's so cold here in Sydney at the moment.
It's not until the coldest day in Winter that you realise how few thick knits you own!

I've been knitting the cardigan from Cosy for Cold Days, a pattern from Curvy Month back in 2013.

It's a quick knit too!

KnitPicks had Wool of the Andes on sale last month so I snapped up the most delicious black/brown, called Bittersweet. The colour is that perfect shade which should compliment most other colours.

It's not often I post photos of us dancing but... here we are, doing the Stroll to Si Cranstoun last month at the Manhattan SuperBowl.

Photo Credit: Manhattan Superbowl


(If you've ever wanted to learn The Stroll, Lisa FreemontStreet has a great video that breaks it down here). Si Cranstoun is great, check him out if he's ever in your town.

And that's it!

Well, get yourselves all buckled in as Curvy Month is about to begin!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Curvy Month 2015 - coming soon!

That's right gang - Curvy month is back with a vengeance from 1 July 2015!
A month of knitting patterns specially selected  for bust sizes 36 inches and greater.

Curvy Month has been running since 2012, and it's been a labour of love finding fashionable knitting patterns to share with the 'curvy size' knitters out there.

Keep your eyes peeled for some novelty knits, art-deco delights and killer fifties fashion...


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Pattern: A Men's Pullover in Diamond Pattern, c. 1935

Jakk has such great taste when it comes to clothes - I just wish I was a faster knitter so I could make her everything she wants.

Case in point - we were watching Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium the other night and Jakk mentioned how much she loved the vest George Pritchard was wearing.


I had a flick through some old Stitchcraft Magazines, and viola, The Diamond Pullover. 
(The Blue Geranium was written in 1932-1933, and this pattern is from Stitchcraft November 1935 - pretty close).

The pattern also recommends a colourway of bottle green and beige! The instructions come in both written and charted, and I hope you enjoy it.

To fit: 36-38 inch chest
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.75mm
Yarn: Fingering

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finished: Welcome to Jeansville

Did I mention the jeans of my dreams earlier?
1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

Well, they've finally happened.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

I've been dreaming of 1940's wide leg jeans for a VERY long time, but honestly, I've been too scared to try and make them.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

I mean, the fitting, the top stitching - it all seemed like so much effort to get wrong! And denim isn't the cheapest fabric to mess up with either. What if I made a mistake?

But here I am over the moon in Jeansville, and they worked out.

I relied heavily on Simplicity 4990 for inspiration (boy's jeans from 1954), and modified the EvaDress Wide Leg Trousers 3322.
Pattern photo credit: DaisyandErma on Etsy

To figure out how wide I wanted the legs, I compared them to some Freddies of Pinewood jeans in my closet - then pinched out the excess width from the EvaDress trouser pattern down the centre. I believe I took a total of 6 inches excess width out of each leg to narrow the fit.

The denim is just a basic navy from Lincraft, but it has an ever so slight stretch. A back zipper instead of a front zipper of course!


  • Pinched out 3 inches width from the centre of trousers, front and back, to reduce the excess width
  • Folded pants pocket
  • 1950s pattern said to use snaps on the pockets - I used buttons and button holes

If I can pass on one piece of advice I've learnt about perfecting pants this year, it's don't put them off. Making 4-5 muslins in the past month has been painful (and not cheap) but the end product has been totally worth it.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern: A 1930's Bertha Blouse from Vogue Knitting

A Bertha Blouse doesn't sound very attractive - but it looks so easy to knit and wear!

free vintage knitting patterns 1930s vogue knitting magazine art deco

This simple pattern comes from Vogue's 4th Book of Knitting and Crochet (1936), and is suggested to be knit in white, with two green stripes.

If you were looking for a good place to start with using a vintage knitting pattern, this might be just the ticket!

To fit: 36 inch bust
Needles: 2.75mm
Yarn: Fingering weight. A light fingering weight chenille was used in the original, but a cotton or linen yarn would be a good substitute.

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