Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In the unlikeliest of places

But first, I have to shamelessly self-promote the hankies I embroidered for a Xmas present for Jakk.
I bought some men's white hankies from an op-shop, bleached them, and used some transfers from Sublime Stitching.

I'm pretty damn happy with how they came out! So was she.

Last weekend I had the chance to fly up to Darwin to see my family (and uber cute niece).
Whenever I go I always prepare myself for heat, humidity and limited shopping choices.

But this time was different!
Well, its still really hot and humid, but the shopping culture has changed dramatically since I was last there.
There's a shop called Vintage Twist that sells real vintage (I found a few 50s frocks) as well as Stop Staring and Bettie Page.

My standout favourite has to be Viva La Body. My sister insisted on taking me there before catching my flight and I'm really glad she did. I found this dress that looks really similar to a 1940's house dress (its called the Crawford).

Belt, self-made. Scarf, op-shop. Necklace, op-shop.
1940's celluloid broch, Etsy. Shoes, Bleyer.

Pockets! Self covered buttons! And it goes great with my new Bleyer dancing shoes, courtesy of Cowboy for Xmas.

Spotlight currently has 30% off all fabrics at the moment, which meant I was able to splurge on some great feed-sack style prints.

My plans are (from the left): circle skirt, another Wearing History blouse, cute 1940's dress, maybe the Horrockses dress from V&A for the last one?
How did you spend your holidays? And have you nabbed any bargins?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a fantastic time off (if you get holidays) and I hope all your Xmas Crafting is finished - just one more pair of cowboy print boxer shorts and i'm done!

I thought i'd leave you with a taste of Christmas in 1942, a handmade Xmas tree and decorations, plus food.

I'm not sure about the Xmas lobster, but the paper chain is awfully cute.

Not to mention tasty Christmas food ideas from the Ministry of Food

Happy Festivus/Xmas/Giftmas everybody!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crochet a Sailor Cap, Stitchcraft December 1942

Today's free vintage knitting pattern (well, crochet), is from Stitchcraft No.124 (December 1942).

I love how the model is leaning through a porthole and has a looking glass. Her hair and makeup are very good examples of 1940's style too. Couldnt you imagine this with a little sailor dress, or the the Wearing History Sailor Playsuit?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

San Remo, Italian-inspired sweater c.1950s

Today's free vintage knitting pattner is from a random Villawood Knitting booklet, sadly missing it's cover.... 
I love the perky collar!



Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Stitch in Time, Volume 2

Excuse the iPhone photos and shakiness, I was pretty excited!

So excited that I cast on for the above pattern (Lavenda Droplet Jumper) last night!

The book itself is beautifully made, and paper is a lovely matt texture. I'm really happy with the patterns inside (that yellow bolero is next on the list), my only wish would be for more Forties patterns - but the amount of Fifties patterns is great!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Sewing: Smooth Sailing Blouse from Wearing History

I can't begin to describe how much I love the Smooth Sailing blouse from Wearing History!

The fit is really good, and the shirt looks great with a lot of high waisted pants ansd skirts I own (yep, I tried it on with everything). I made the size 22 (40 inch bust) and added a little extra width at the hip.

The Good:
It only takes 2 metres of fabric to make!
There's ample fabric in the blouse and button hole placement to stop the 'gape' at the bust.
Puff sleeves!

The Bad:
None. I'm making many versions of this shirt.

The Meh:
Forwarned is forarmed.
This shirt is cut from a vintage block, so the arm holes/sleeves are tiny! I made a muslin so I could cut the armholes deeper (about 3/4 of an inch). I also added width to the sleeves because there was no way it was going to fit around my bicep.
The shoulder is quite wide (the sleeves heads were well onto my arm) so I reduced them by half an inch also.

All in all, I love it to death. I wasnt sure about the trim but who doesnt love ric-rac? The buttons are vintage (1950's I think) from my Nan's old stash. The fabric is some quilting cotton I picked up, I think its Michael Miller?

And this is what I wore to Shaking All Over.

Freddies of Pinewood 1940s Work Pants, Bloch Shoes

You can't go wrong with comfy jeans and dancing shoes.
I can't figure out the Freddies of Pinewood sizing - the Dungaree Dolls and 1940's Work Pants fit perfect, but the Side Button Jeans are much too small? (note to the pear-shaped girls out there).

Anyway, Cowboy and I danced for hours to the bands - i'm still recovering from my blisters this morning.

Hope you crazy cats all had a good weekend too!


Monday, November 28, 2011

1940's Style for You - Vintage Knitting Pron

There's nothing better than stumbling on vintage knitting pr0n!
1940's Style for You knits 1940's jumpers from original patterns, and are a goldmine for lovely knit-wear images. And she blogs over here...

All of these images are from their Facebook site - I believe the owner knits the jumpers to order, but only in the original size.



I recognise some of the patterns because I have them in my own collection/Etsy store - I really like the 5th one with the bow-tie neck. Maybe one day I can pay someone to knit for me, but right now i'm slogging away...

...on the Jumper of Doom. Seriously, I'm knitting the Travelling Man Jumper for Cowboy and its taken me a month just to do the shawl collar.

I'm itching to start something for me, but she want's a grandpa-jumper so bad that I promised I wouldnt start something else until its done.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bettina, 1950s multi-sized cardigan

Today's free vintage knitting pattern is from Patons 283, circa 1950s.

Nothing beats a plain v-neck cardigan - especially when it's all sizes 32-41 inches!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Short Hair Aspiration - Vintage Style

On the weekend we braved the crowds (and a Royal visit) to check out Sculpture By the Sea. It was so hot, muggy and packed with people - even at 9am!

I would love these Easter Island heads - arnt they tiki-tastic?

The heat really made me think about what to do with my hair (hello head scarf). I would really love to grow my hair into the hairstyle below - isnt it divine? It looks pretty easy to maintain as well.

She's from Stitchcraft June 1949. I think I'm going to take the picture with me when I go see my hairdresser in a few weeks.
And here's the knitting pattern for the top as well...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tristan, striped angora jumper - Patons c.1950

Today's free vintage knitting pattern is from a 1950s Paton's Knitting book.

I just love fuzzy angora stripes! Her hair's pretty stylin' too...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Open Work Jumper, Lincoln Mills c. late 30s/early 40s

Today's free vintage knitting pattern is from Lincoln Mills Knitting Book 667.
The designs seem to be from the start of World War Two (early 1940s) however, there is something unusual about this knitwear model.

I think she may be of Asian or Japanese heritage, which is very uncommon for older knitting publications (anglo-caucasion mostly). I don't think Lincoln Mills would have used her as a model once Japan allied itself with Germany in September 1940 - most ethnic Japanese were rounded up and interned in Australia during 1941. Part of the reason i'm sharing this pattern is to show a non-caucasian vintage image.

Enough history - onto the knitting!

I love how airy and comfortable this jumper looks, not to mention a neck bow tie. Puff sleeves are always a winner too!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Snow Train, Monarch Yarns circa. 1942

Today's free vintage knitting pattern comes frm a Monarch Yarns Booklet - but I can't remember the name, apologies. Its from 1942 and is for a lovely ski-set.

I WISH it got this cold in Australia - imagine wearing a little fair-isle head band to keep your ears warm?
I do think you'd get sweat band hair very quickly though.

This pattern is for all you see here - knitted cardigan (32-34-36 inch busts), head band, scarf and matching mittens.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Freddies of Pinewood - Dungaree Dolls

After seeing these in person a few months ago, I knew I had to have a pair!

I was a bit worried about the sizing as they were very expensive to get sent to Australia, only to have to return them for a different size. I neednt have worried - my waist is (currently) 34.5 inches, so I got the 34 and they fit perfectly.

The only issue was the weird excess fabric on the bib. I think they sized them up for busty girls with football player's shoulders.

Whats with that excess fabric??

I ended up pinching out the excess, and moving it down to the sides of the bust - then carefully sewing darts on the sides, matching their topstitching lines.


I am utterly in love with them, and even wore them yesterday when it was 32 degrees!

The above outfit is what I wore to see Lanie Lane on Friday - if you havent heard her music, you're missing out! Here's a clip of one of my favourites, "Thats's what you get for falling in love with a Cowboy"...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

And the winner is....


If you can just reply to this post with your email address or someway to contact you that would be great. I'll post them out to you this week.

Thanks for letting me know what's on your needles, it always interesting to see what others are knitting ;)


Sunday, October 23, 2011

How much difference can a good hair cut make?

A big one!
I used to always see my dykey hairdresser at Justcuts (cheap and good for short hair) but now my hair's getting longer I really needed to get a proper style cut and plan for the future.

I had some trepidations about going after the disaster hair-do I got from Leopard Lounge (I won't go on about it, lets just say she doesnt do 'real' vintage, and leave it there).

I'd heard a tonne of good things about Stirlings, and here is the final result. Thank-you James!

Clip from Mimco
Its hard to see in this photo, but he set some really cute curls behind my ears (my fringe looks huge, but its the angle of the photo). 

I'm hot, tired and need a coffee

James explained how I should do three layers of curls for my fringe, and really took his time discussing where to take my hair from here. It was also the first blow-dry i'd had in about ten years.

Did I mention their salon is vintage-mazing?

And the next day - my hair still looked ok and the cut was managable. As you can tell, i'm pretty happy!

Top from Dangerfield

Loving the back!

Not sure why it looks asymmetrical, but its

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