Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern Bonus - Rose Patterned Sweater from Vogue, c.1940s

Just one more because I couldnt resist!

This rose-patterned sweater comes from Vogue Knitting, I believe Autumn 1947? There's just something really classic about the design, and I hope you like it.

To fit sizes 32-34-36-39 inches.

Curvy Month Pattern - Blackberry Stitch Shirt Blouse, c.1940s

Its the end of the month, and I hope you've enjoyed the 'Out-Size' knitting patterns!
I really liked being able to share specific patterns with you, and hopefully its been inspiring and useful.

This lovely shirt blouse is deceptive in is simplicity. The rever collar near the face is flattering, as well as the lines of blackberry stitch down the body and around the sleeves. I especially like the decoration around the edges of the pattern - and its designed by Anthony Walden!

Who is he? I don't know.
The blurb was written by Janet Minton, who I believe was the head designer for Emu Yarns.

Here's the pattern, to fit a size 36-38inch bust.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Unusual Tartan Edged Cardigan, c. 1940s

Want eye-catching and unusual - how about a tartan-edged cardigan with matching covered buttons? This design would be a really versatile way of adding a contrast colour to a garment.

This lovely cardigan blouse has a nice textured stitch, and is finished with a fabric edge. I just wish the model didnt look so dour - I wonder if she's trying her hardest to look like a grumpy matron and is trying not to laugh?

To fit a 38 inch bust, knitted in fingering weight yarn.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Cotton Blouse for Autumn Days, c.1949

"Specially designed for the not-so-slim".

This lovely little blouse-cardigan comes from the Australian Women's Weekly Knitting Book for 1949.
It may be hard to see in the photo (it's a newsprint pattern), but the lace body leads up to a moss stitch yoke across the upper chest and shoulders - a really flattering and interesting design element in my opinion.

Wouldn't this look really lovely over a dirndl skirt like the model is wearing? With espadrilles!

A finished size of 42 inches across the bust, and knit using a fingering weight cotton yarn.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Diagonally Striped Cardigan, c. 1940s

I know i've been a little 1940s-heavy with the Curvy Month Patterns, but I just can't help loving that era so much.

This cardigan from Weldons has a great diagonal stitch pattern thats really just a variation on a rib stitch. I believe this pattern is from the mid-late 1940s due to the military shoulders in the pattern and lack of 'puff'. And her hair is just fabulous!
A variation is included for a round neck as well.

Sized to fit a 40-42 inch bust, on fingering weight yarn.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Lattice Yoked Jumper, c.1940s

This lovely design comes from an undated Stitchcraft Magazine, simply called 'Large Sizes'.

Its a great example of War-era knitting, with the lighter-shade lattice design great for using up scraps and leftovers. Side note - how great is her hair?

Sized to fit a 38-40 and 40-42 inch bust - expect to see this on my needles in the next year (fingers crossed).

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Lacy and Practical Cardigan, c. 1943

A practical and yarn-saving design, featuring stripes of open-work down the body and sleeves.
This design comes from Stitchcraft October 1943 (cover image here).

I love cardigans like this - practical and goes with everything, but not boring because of the stitch pattern.

To fit bust 42-44 inches.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Fan and Feather Jumper Variations, c.1950s

I originally purchased this pattern as it looked very similar to the famous Victory Jumper (below) from V&A - but the bust size was much larger. (I tried to scale up the pattern to a 40 inch bust, and didnt do to well).

The striped version could easily pass for 1940s if it was knitted with negative ease, a deeper waist band and shoulder pads - or knit it plain with zero ease for a nice early 50s look.

To fit a 34, 37 and 40 inch bust.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Fashion Inspiration from 1940

My local chain store Spotlight (how I love to hate you) just had a crazy sale on vintage quilt prints, so I picked up quite a bit to make some late 30s - early 40s dresses and blouses.
My favourite has to be the 3rd from the left - blue and orange cherries!

And then today I received five copies of Good Needlework Magazines from the same era - all with their fashion supplements for well-timed inspiration.

Here's the fashion supplement from March 1940, which I think is really sweet.

I did wonder about these designs, and how much fabric, lace and buttons they used (the war had been on for about two years at this stage) - but it turns out fabric rationing didnt start until June 1941.

I really love that little tennis frock on the right, and the way she's wearing her scarf.

I hope you like them!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Fair-Isle Twin Set, c. late1940s

Isnt this twin set so very cute?

I believe its probably very late 1940s, or even early 1950s due to the size and colouring of the booklet. I love the unusual white leaf shapes across the yoke - not to mention gray and red being one of my favourite colour combinations.

The cardigan has the patterned yoke knitted on afterwards, while the jumper is just normal fair-isle.
In four sizes, to fit 34-40 inches.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Curvy Month Pattern - Penelope M1362 Bow-Neck Cardigan, c 1940s

Don't let the model fool you, this cardigan is all about action!

I think all good cardigans have a bow on them somewhere, and a neck tie is perfection. The cardigan has panels of pattern down the chest, and matching panels down the sleeves - no boring stocking stitch for this book-loving matron!

Sized for a 38-40 inch bust, from the mid 1940s I believe. This one is on my To Knit list for sure.


Sunday, July 01, 2012

Home Front - War Time Sydney Exhibition

If you havent been to the Home Front exhibition at the Museum of Sydney yet, make sure you plan on going before it ends on 9 September - its well worth it!
Vintage Lambswool Jumper, op shop. Bag, Surry Hills
Market. Blouse, made by me. Pants, Retrospect.

Jakk and I finally had a day spare this weekend and checked it out - its a trove of 1940s memorabillia, clothes and even a re-created lounge room complete with airplane wall paper and ration books.
1940's Sweetheart Brooch, Etsy. Scarf, San Fran can't remember.

Its easy to forget that Sydney came under attack by Japanese submarines during the War, and the exhibition has photos of the damage to houses in the eastern suburbs as well.

My favourite piece would have to be the knitted american flag jumper that a woman made, to welcome the new US troops that were being stationed here (its tiny in real-life, she must have been very petite!).

A War exhibit isnt  complete without posters and propaganda.

A really enjoyable and interesting exhibition - its on until 9 September at the Museum of Sydney on the corner of Bridge and Phillip streets.

Don't regret missing out!

This photo isn't part of the exhibition, its in Jannali next to
an antiques store!

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