Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Curvy Month Begins - Sirdar 1741, c 1940s/1950s/1960s

Welcome to Curvy Month, a whole month devoted to non-standard-sized knitting patterns!

Over the month of August I'll be posting 10 patterns with bust sizes larger than 36 inches, perfect for the curvy-sized vintage lovers out there.

Today's Pattern is Sirdar 1741, in bust sizes 34-36-38 inches.
Knitted on fingering weight yarn, using 3.75mm and 2.75mm needles.

Now, you know I don't normally post 1960's patterns - but this one looked really familiar....

to Sirdar 1345 (original at Cherry Vintage), also knitted in Majestic.

I'm fairly sure that I've seen a 1940's version of this pattern somewhere around as well.
It really goes to show that the right styling really makes a garment 'fit' the decade you're trying for.

I hope you enjoy this pattern, the next one will be posted in a couple of days.

Friday, July 19, 2013

FO: 1940s Mail Order 2082, Jumper with Heart Pockets

I love 1940's jumper patterns!
They look so practical (it's a dress! it's a vest! it's a skirt!), and I knew there was a hole in my 1940's Wearable Wardrobe without one. Jumpers were a great transition piece for women during World War II, smart enough for office/day wear, but casual enough to wear on the weekend playing sports or in your home garden.

MovieMag47 on Flickr

The Black Pinafore on Etsy

Mine, DuBarry 5235
McCall 5607, from Bessie and Maive on Etsy

After a bit of deliberation and toiles, the pattern I ended up going with was Mail Order 2082 - the sweetheart neckline and optional heart patch pockets.

And here's mine, made in navy gaberdine:

1940s jumper dress 40s plus size vintage sewing pattern xl 38

I was a little bit iffy on the sweetheart neck line and pockets - I like feminine clothes, but I was worried it might have been a bit too over the top. But actually, I love this!

It goes with just about every 40s blouse I own - and it was a snap to make. I will definitely sew this again, i've already got some more gaberdine lined up in another colour (and it only takes 2.5m of fabric).

- disregarded pattern instructions. I was surprised as this pattern fit me pretty much as-is!
- dropped bust dart point by an inch to line up with my bust.
- added an inch to each side of the front and back hips to allow for my pear shape.
-  proper fabric facings on the neck and arm holes instead of bias binding.
- faced the tops of the heart pockets
- side zip instead of snaps

Cat hair and bakelite bangles - classy! Oops.

The blouse pattern is Wearing History Smooth Sailing (again) my favourite vintage shirt pattern. I've made this up so many times that it's silly to keep taking photos - so trust me, if you want a great 30s/40s shirt pattern try it out. The fabric is some random quilter's cotton that I thought looked a bit art deco, and the buttons are vintage celluloid.
My only change to the pattern this time was add a tuck dart to the base of the sleeve, and remove the cuff.

Belt - Asos
Bakelite Earrings and Bracelets - random from Etsy
Hair Flower - Viva Las Vegas

So what do you think - is your wardrobe missing a jumper?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

FO: Beam me up Scottie!

At last, a sunny day peeks through the winter clouds here in Sydney - quick, get your hand washing out!

It also means I can persuade Jakk to take some finished object photos.
Remember last year I said I'd like to use Berroco Phinney as a base to vintage-ify a design?

Well, Phinney - meet Evelyn Bellamy, a well known Australian designer from the 1940s.

And here is the result, knitted in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece:

freddies of pinewood 1940s jeans plus size 34 vintage

Silly me, I thought this jumper would only take a few weeks (aran weight yarn) but surprisingly it still took two months to finish.

Looking back, this yarn is probably not ideal for what I wanted - a figure skimming jumper with 1 inch of negative ease. I was hoping the wool would give stretch to the cotton, but not really. On the upside, its a dream to wear - not too warm, not too cold.

- shortened the body, lengthened the arms
- longer ribbing on waist and arms
- cast on in pink, then switched to black straightaway (for a nice edge contrast)
- intarsia scottie dogs
- measured the sleeve head against the chest, and switched to pink for the sleeve caps (common 1940s style)
- round neckline instead of square

And its a great opportunity to wear my 1940s novelty bracelet with little doggies!

1940s novelty bracelet jewellery
'In the Doghouse'

I'm really, really happy with it and will definitely use Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (and Cotton Fine) again. The quality is good, the price is reasonable (I get mine from Kaleidoscope Yarns) and I like the idea behind the company. In fact, I've already cast on for a Victory Jumper in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport.

Hair Clip - Mimco
Jeans - Freddies of Pinewood 1940s Work Pants (size 34)
Bracelet - Etsy

Bow-wow and have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Cruising Coat, from Woman's Journal 2nd Book of Knitting (c 1930s)

I love the 1930's obsession with crusing, beaches and boating. If you went by the images in knitting books it was all anybody was doing!

I love the outfit on the illustrated model, that neck scarf is perfection.

To fit a 30-32 inch bust, knitted on heavy fingering weight yarn using 4mm and 2.75mm needles.

free vintage knitting pattern 1930s cruising coat art deco gatsby sailor sailing womens cardigan

Curvy Month Announcement

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I can't believe a year has passed and I missed Curvy Month, apologies!
This year Curvy Month will be in August - a whole month devoted to free vintage knitting patterns from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s in bust sizes 36 inches and up.

Get ready for 10 cute patterns for twinsets, cardigans, sweaters and dresses that are perfect for the curvier gal.

Curvy Month - 1 August!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

FO: 1940's Lumber Jacket and Cherry Blouse

I'm so happy I can finally share my 1940's Lumber Jacket (Simplicity 1535) with you...

And the original (I made view 1)...

I can see why this pattern is so popular! Easy to sew, and the full sleeves feel very glamorous.

Did you know you can also buy a digital print-at-home version of this pattern in my Etsy store? Just follow this link!

Fabric Used : 1.5m of black gaberdine

Mods: None really. There is so much ease in this pattern that I used the 38 inch size (I'm 39.5) and simply enlarged the waist band to fit me.  The only issue I had was setting the sleeve head into the arm - so I just slightly gathered the top of the sleeve for a small puff.
Also - didn't do bound button holes because they are evil. 

I think my favorite details are the pointed cuffs - so cute!

But wait - there's more!
How about Simplicity 1692 ( view A)?

In comparison to the Jacket, this blouse is full of modifications, but I'm still very happy with it.

I didn't realise until I looked at the pattern pieces, but it's meant to just slip over your head which would have made the the shirt very 'blousy' and not at all flattering. The darts also end just before the waist leaving a lot of excess baggy fabric around your middle.

1. extended the front and back darts up past the waist line. 
2. cut a size smaller to reduce the ease.
3. changed the back to be a button-up (same as most other 1940's blouses).
4. drop the sleeve height by 1/4 inch to remove shoulder pads.
5. self covered buttons!

Fabric: 100% cotton print from Lincraft (very old stash busting).

I hope the weather has been fine and sunny where you are too!

Monday, July 01, 2013

It's that time of year again - Fifties Fair Day!

I like to think of it as vintage-lover's Christmas.
Lots of pretty, shiny things; people in their best outfits; tasty food; smiles and a good atmosphere.

This year the Fair is on the 25 August (Rose Seidler House, Turramurra) from 10am - 4pm.
I recommend getting there about 9.30am if you want a close park.

They're doing the pre-sale tickets again (General $30, Memb/Conc $25) which I love - no queuing and no fumbling for money! (Or waiting for the person in front of you fumble for money while you're champing at the bit).

There's a great band line up for this year as well - Pat Cappoci Combo, and Miss Teresa and Her Rhythmaires from Brisbane. A nice mix of rockabilly and country sounds - perfect for dancing! 

Is anyone else going?


A Bolero for Party Wear, circa 1954

Today's free vintage knitting pattern is the sweetest bolero knitted in fluffy-fluffy angora - from the 'Australian Women's Weekly Knitting for 1954'.

"For the junior miss a cherry-red bolero in sofest angora to cover her sholders and send colour to her cheeks.'' Oh i'd love one of these in cherry-red angora!

To fit a 31-33-35 inch bust.

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