Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Pattern: Fiesta Jumper, Patons Style Vol. 10, circa 1944

I love a simple cardigan with an interesting stitch - and as a plus, this cardigan is knitted in 5-ply/sport yarn for a quicker knit!

free vintage knitting pattern 1940s 40s 36 bust wwii ww2 australia patons cardigan

This lovely knitting pattern is from Patons and Balwins Style, Volume 10.
Have you come across Trove, the digitised collection from the National Library of Australia? It's very easy to get lost in there, reading old newspapers and finding old knitting patterns - but an overlooked resource are the advertisements.

After a bit of a search, I found a reference to an advertisement for Style Volume 10 in 'The Mercury', dated 30 May 1944. Definitely another great resource for dating your own collection!

Fiesta is knitted with a diamond pattern formed from knit and purl stitches, with a finished size of 36 inches. Pattern requires 5 ply/sport yarn, plus 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Monday, September 15, 2014

FO: Mad about Plaid - Vogue 8811, circa 1940

Hands up who likes plaid!

I was so excited when I stumbled across this plaid at my local Spotlight - the combination of olive, green, beige and orange are perfection!

1940s plaid tartan dress vintage vogue 8811 plus size red head xl curvy bakelite miss l fire rosita

Unfortunately, there was only a meter left on the roll so I had to chase down some yardage at another store further away. Definitely worth the effort.

The pattern is Vintage Vogue 8811, a very easy dress from 1940. I made View B.

And boy, is this dress easy.
I made a muslin to check the fit of the bodice, and cut a straight 18 (bust and waist). A quick short waist adjustment, and away I went.

I feel like the colourway is striking enough that you can wear red with it, without appearing too christmassy.
A very quick sew, plus the pattern doesn't take up a lot of yardage (2.6m of 150cm wide). How adorable is the chest pocket cut on the bias?

The Good:
- Everything? I love the drape of the skirt, the fit of the bodice, the fabric. Also, one of my best side zipper insertions.

The Bad:
- nothing

The Meh:
- I think I need to make a further short waist tuck, as it's probably still a fraction long in the torso. I can live with it though.

- Not using shoulder pads
- Made sure the plaid didn't make a '+' shape at my bust apex (boobs) as that would look awkward.... Hello girls!

Poly tartan/plaid, from Spotlight.

And that's it.
I would definitely recommend this pattern if you're 'Mad about Plaid', it's very straightforward to make and a great way to make use of the tartan pattern.

Outfit Details:
Dress - Vogue 8811, myself
Shoes - Miss L Fire Rosita
Belt and Vintage Bag - Opshop
Bakelite Bangles - Etsy
Brooch - Etsy
Lipstick - Rouge Dior Trafalgar

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A pattern splurge!

If you're following me on Facebook, you might remember me saying that I'd gone a little crazy in the pattern-buying department last week... Oh, buyer's remorse!

Well my parcel arrived today, and I'm remorseful no longer. A bunch of lovely Australian-made patterns in 36-38-40 inch bust sizes, and even some 'Pauline' patterns which I adore

I'd love to share some of my favourite ones with you!

Pauline 5299 - Lady's Slenderising Dress size 40

I love the split neckline and waist detail on this one. Can't wait to make it up, perhaps with a contrast.

Fashion Cut Pattern 6699 - Bust 36


Yowza - what isn't there to love about this one?! There's so much going on here.

Pauline 5128 - 40 Bust

Another fabulous Pauline pattern, I really love the way they used stripes on the left.

Fashion Cut Pattern - 36 Bust

Buttons! Buttons on pockets!

Pauline 2042 - 40 Bust

Another pattern I've been chasing in my size for years, I love the square neckline and basque.

And finally, Pauline 5424 - 40 bust

This pattern has been on my wishlist for seven years! I'm not sure why I'm so entranced by it, but I think the shaped yoke and V-pockets are darling. Definitely making this up.


I normally have a really firm budget for patterns, but I also know that I won't see these for sale again. What to do?
After thinking about it long and hard, I've decided that it's OK to break the rules for Pauline patterns.

What about you, is there something you'll break your budget rules for?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Free Pattern: A Triangle Neck Scarf, c. 1936

Do YOU need to lend a gay touch to your frock? This little pattern for a fringed scarf would be a great way to use up leftovers, or introduce a newbie to sewing.

Really easy to sew - and cute to boot!

Produced by The Spool Company in 1936, I hope you like it!

free sewing pattern 1930s the spool company scarf novelty print


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