Monday, July 06, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Three: Silver Dew Sweater c. 1950s

This nifty 1950's number has a lot going for it - plenty of sizes, a cute yoke and collar plus a really interesting texture.

The ribbed waist also helps to keep this a trim fit.

I could see this pattern working really well as a 1940s knit too, in the right colour way. Don't be put off by the thin yarn - the body is knit up quickly on 4mm needles.

Size: 32-41 inches
Needles: 2.75mm and 4mm needles
Yarn: light fingering

Saturday, July 04, 2015

FO: 1940s Jeans (from EvaDress 3322 Wide Leg Trousers)

I freakin' love these jeans, and I love how versatile the EvaDress Wide Leg Trouser pattern is!

And here's the original pattern again:

Isn't it hard to believe they're the same design?
I've been wearing these jeans for three days straight so I guess I better make another pair before I wear these out.

I just wanted a pair of jeans that were fairly fitted around the hips, didn't give me camel-toe (hello Freddies, looking at you) and I could comfortably sit down in.
Basically a pair of jeans I could wear on the plane to the USA next year.

These jeans tick all those boxes! :)

Tired face sorry! Been working 8 days straight

The fabric was a medium weight denim (not as heavy as rigid denim), and I used a beige top-stitch thread instead of golden-yellow.

This time around, I fixed up all the little things I didn't like in my last pair, including:

  • Raising the crotch depth about half an inch (they were a fraction too low last time)
  • Narrowing the legs and hips a bit more
  • Removing the front waist dart (tutorial coming very soon)
  • Changing the pockets

I did have some major top stitching issues with this denim, my sewing machine kept chewing up the top-stitch thread no matter what tension I used.
A lot of ripping out and sewing again, but I got there in the end.

I won't mention the pair I made just before these, where I forgot to allow for ease and made them too tight (photos on Facebook if you want to see my brain fail). All that beautiful top stitching gone to waste.

1940s fairisle jumper retrospec'd clothing jeans denim womans plus size freddies of pinewood

I still can't believe I made jeans that look 'proper', i.e. like Freddies of Pinewood, not home-sewn!
I may not look excited in the photos, but I'm jumping around on the inside, let me tell you.
(I just look tired as I have to work 19 days straight to get some projects rolled out at work).

And what's next on the cards? Here's a sneak peek, and I hope you've been enjoying the Curvy Month knitting patterns so far...

Outfit 1 Details

  • Cowboy Shirt - sewn by me, using Smooth Sailing
  • Cowboy Brooch - Charcoal Designs
  • Chartreuse Cardigan - thrifted
  • Bakelite Bracelets and Earrings - Etsy
  • Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylors
Outfit 2 Details
  • 1940s Repro Jumper - Retrospec'd Clothing
  • 1940s 'B' Lucite Brooch - Etsy
  • Saddle Shoes - Bass Enfield, Amazon
  • Telephone Cord Bag - Belmont Vintage, Chicago
  • Jewellery - Etsy

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 plain 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

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