Friday, August 30, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Ten: Carefree, from Stitchcraft Aug 1950

Well, that's Curvy Month over for another year.

I hope you've enjoyed the patterns and if you've ever put off knitting vintage due sizing, I hope you've found something to whet your appetite.

This last pattern comes from Stitchcraft August 1950 (200) and is a delightful 1950's striped pullover. While the sizing is recommended for 36-38", the blister stitch is quite stretchy and would accommodate up to 39" without a problem. It also looks like a pattern that would upsize quite easily.

Knitted in fingering weight yarn on 2.75mm and 3mm needles.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Nine: Lorna Cardigan, c 1940s

I hope you've been enjoying Curvy Month - I've really loved sharing some larger sized vintage knitting patterns with you all. The final post is stunner from Stitchcraft, and I'll pop it up tomorrow.

This second-last pattern comes from Patons Knitting Book No. 176, a really lovely WWII-era booklet featuring jumper and cardigan designs. I really like the Patons booklets - your're guaranteed to find at least one OS (over sized) pattern per book.

The Lorna cardigan combines an interesting stitch pattern with the classic Forties fit we all love.
Knitted in fingering weight yarn on 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles.
Two sizes, to fit a 39" bust and 43" bust.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Eight : A Flower Trimed Jumper, circa 1952

I'm really interested in the elegant detailing and colours of this jumper pattern (from Stitchcraft Magazine 219, March 1952).

The jumper is recommended to be knit in pale rose with moss-stitch borders around the front. A green contrast trim is then crocheted around the border, and the flowers are crocheted in wine. I really like the sound of those colours!

Sized to fit 38-40, and 40-42 inch busts, knitted in fingering weight yarn on 2.25mm and 2.75mm needles.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fifties Fair Day, 2013

What a glorious day for a Fifties Fair!

Our dancing friends, Dan and Krys

The sun was shining, there was barely a cloud in the sky, and wearing black taffeta might not have been a good idea but who cares. (apologies for the photo heavy post, I've put most on Flickr).

We were lucky and got there about half an hour before it opened - meaning a park nearby, not many people and more space to have a look at the market stalls.

This year was probably my favourite - Jakk and I won 'Best Dressed Couple'!
I don't like entering competitions like that, but Jakk looked so good I knew she'd win something and wouldn't enter by herself. The prize was dinner at Portenos, a place we've wanted to go to for ages.

I'm sad that I don't have any photos of us on stage, but I have plenty of the ladies entering 'Best Dressed Woman'.

And the dancing...

Bruce and Kat, and Tim and Squish - Swingtime Australia

Dress - 1950's Koldon shot taffeta, with besom pockets
Petticoat - vintage, Ebay
Shoes - Miss L Fire 'Boardwalk' (best ever shoes in my opinion)
Handbag - white cane with pastel accents, market find
Hat - Stetson Fifth Avenue, Etsy
Pearl Necklace - my nan's
Brooch - Pink leaf, somewhere in New York

And what did I come away with? Last year was slim pickings in my opinion so this year really made up for it!
Vintage polished cotton fabrics both in dress lengths, and buttons....

And at long last - a Laminex kitchen table and chairs!

These are uncommon and expensive here in Australia, and we've been trying to get one (in our budget) for a few years now. There was no way we could get the table into our car (the seller wouldn't deliver) and I nearly walked away - until Gus from RareAs Vintage saw our disappointment and offered to take it home for us in his van.  What a hero!

I think it was a good price as it was filthy - nothing a little bicarb and water couldn't fix.

And that was our weekend!
How was yours?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Seven - The Lady is Vamp, c. 1950s

Popped collar and a nipped in waist - all in a vibrant red!

This vampy design from Sirdar is sized for a 32-38 inch waist, and best of all is knitted in DK-weight yarn.

Check out the darted shaping they've used for the ultimate fit.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Six - Cosy for Cold Days, c. 1940s

Twin sets can be a bit boring - but not this one! There's more to this design than meets the eye.

Take another look at the jumper - the square neckline is just that bit different, and the sleeves look to be a modified raglan? The cardigan has really sweet set-in pockets on the the ribbed waist band as well, perfect for stashing little odds and bobs.

This pattern comes from Bestway K124, Twin Sets for the Fuller Figure (late 1940s).

Sized to fit a 41 inch bust, using aran/worsted weight yarn on 5mm and 3.75mm needles.

free vintage knitting patterns 1940s pinup swing war retro plus size large twin set sweater jumper

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Five - Matinee Dress, circa 1940s

I love knitted dresses from the 1940s - although I think the amount of time it would take to make one would drive me nuts!

But if I was going to make one, it would probably be this design. Smart and tailored, with an amazing leaf design down the front bodice and pleated skirt. From Sun-Glo Series 86 - Young Styles for the Larger Figure.

This design requires fingering weight yarn, knitted on 3.25mm needles.

1940s free vintage knitting pattern dress xl plus forties war australia sun-glo

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sydney Rock and Roll Markets - August 11

The weather was bright and sunny last Sunday, perfect for a spot of perusing and dancing at the Rock and Roll Markets.

RareAs Vintage

I always like the mix of 'looks' at the Markets - pure vintage, pinup, rockabilly/greaser, punk and everything in between. Its nice to see a lot of people dressed up in their favourite outfits.

RetroStation Vintage
The main reason we went along was to prowl through my favourite seller's fabric stash (photos further down) and to have to have a dance. Sydney dancers are pretty lucky - we never have to wait long for a band or a rockabilly DJ to be playing somewhere!

Swingin' Kitten and Limpin' Jimmy - rockabilly teachers extraordinaire!

 I only wish that I remembered to have outfit photos taken BEFORE dancing, so please excuse my red cheeks.

Jeans - Freddies 1940s Work Jeans
Shoes - Aris Allen saddle shoes
Bag - 1940s phone cord, Facebook swap
Jumper - handknitted, by me
Jacket - 49er, SnootieSeconds on Etsy
Brooch - 1940s novelty ice tongs, Etsy

And what did I come home with?
A massive 1950s barkcloth curtain (already gracing my bedroom) and four dress-sized pieces of 1940s rayons (all from RetroStation).

Night time photo, doesn't show the amazing colours.
Be nice to your vintage dealers, and they'll be nice to you!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Curvy Month Four - Tally-Ho Novelty Jumper, c 1940s/1950s

Why are you posting a men's jumper pattern for Curvy Month? (you may or may not be asking).

1940s 1950s free vintage knitting pattern novelty sweater jumper pin-up

Wouldnt this jumper look divine knitted up - with a shorter, nipped in waist? It would be really easy to do.

While I'm not a fan of fox-hunting, I am a fan of novelty jumpers/sweaters!

To change this to a 1940s woman's jumper:

1. Work out your waist measurement, multiply by 8 sts per inch (as per the pattern). Divide by 2, for front and back. Thats how many stitches to cast on  - make it an even number that can be divided by 4 (for 2x2 rib). Lets say you have a 34 inch waist, so that would be 136 stitches for each front and back piece.

2. Measure from your waist to underarm - thats the distance you have to knit.  Lets say your ideal length is 14 inches. Minus the amount of rib you want to do (lets say 4 inches). Leaves you with the plain stockinette to work your increases - i.e. 10 inches.

The pattern says the distance across each piece at their widest point is 150s sts.
150 sts minus 136 sts is 14!
So, you'll only need to increase at the beginning and end of a row 7 times (evenly) up the sides of each front and back piece.

3. Cast on your stitches - and go for it!

This pattern comes from Monarch Hand Knits for Men, circa 1949. Sized for a 38" chest/bust.
It requires fingering weight yarn and 3.75mm & 3.25mm needles.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Curvy Month Pattern Three - Collared Button-Ups, circa 1950s

Every time I see a peter-pan collar, a little voice in my head goes 'squeeeeeee!'.
They are probably my most favourite design element, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

This pattern is Weldons A1195, button up cardigans (long or short sleeve) with peter-pan collars.
Available in sizes 34-36, 36-38 and 38-40. Knitted on fingering weight yarn using 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles.

1950s pinup cardigan free vintage knitting pattern

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