Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's not vulgar! c. 1946

Lucky the pattern has that disclaimer on the bottom - you can display some cleaveage without the slightest hint of the grotesque or vulgar.

sexy 1940s novelty jumper sweater free knitting pattern

The pattern for this summer top is from Nina Wall's Book of Light Weight Knitting, which appears to focus on lighter, cotton knitwear.
This little jumper has a nice stripe pattern - but check out the V-neck, yowza! Risque indeed. I've honestly never come across something so low-cut from the forties.
To fit a 34 inch bust, and knitted on 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles using fingering weight yarn.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Outfit Quickie -- Bobbles for Autumn

Only a few days left now before we leave for the USA, and the weather here in Sydney has finally started to shift into Autumn - its about 22c/72F, crisp but still humid unfortunately.

As soon as it starts to cool down, I'm looking for good transitional knits to get me through and I spotted this cute cropped jumper at Dangerfield. It's called 'Popcorn' but it makes me think of a 1940's novelty knit!

I know I should be saving money for Viva, but it was on sale... and it teams up really well with my favourite beige trousers from HeyDay Vintage.
While I love the cropped knits that are in fashion over here, I wonder how 'contemporary' people wear them. I feel like they only look best with high waisted clothing, but the same stores only sell low waisted pants? Bizarre. Glad I don't need to look 'on trend'!
Side Note - the bobbles were just knitted from an 8-ply cotton yarn, something really easy to do and sew onto another jumper. This would be really easy to add to some plain knitwear.

Close up so you can see the knitted bobbles

A quick quiff/roll, lazy head scarf and all ready for casual Friday - my last day at work for a month! (eep morning face again! sigh...)

Jumper - Popcorn, Dangerfield
Trousers - HeyDay Swing Trousers in beige
Scarf - thrifted
Shoes - Chuck Taylors, black/black
Lipstick - Rouge Dior 638 (blaze)

I think this might be my last authored post for the next 3-4 weeks, but I have some scheduled free pattern posts coming up.

I hope you guys have a great Easter and hopefully get a rest,


Monday, April 07, 2014

A Dual Personality, circa 1940s

I love the early Patons and Baldwins Specialty Knitting books, with the hand tinted plates - they really are very sweet.

Today's free knitting pattern is from a sweet hand tinted plate, the back cover of Patons and Baldwins No. 108 (circa 1940 I think). 
This pattern is for a vest, a cardigan and sweater with two sleeve lengths - plus, the cardigan has an optional plaid patten. I really love the model's hair.

Best of all - this pattern is multi-sized! Sizes 32-34 and 35-38 inches.
Knitted on fingering weight yarn, using 3.75mm and 2.75mm needles.

I hope you enjoy the plate as much as I do :).

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Two weeks until Viva!

I apologise for the lack of posts (and comment responses) but I've been suffering from terrible headaches lately and computer screens are making it worse.
I've been trying to get my head together as Viva Las Vegas is only two weeks away.... arghhhhhh!

Is there anyone else coming too?? (I know Laurence from Lost in the 50's is going, will I see more lovely people?)

We were very lucky this year, and booked a room at The Orleans before it sold out - apparently the rooms ran out faster than ever this year.

Once again, the stress over what to bring - we're heading to New York and Chicago afterwards, followed by a couple of days in Los Angeles before heading home. That means a combination of Australian spring and winter clothing.

Lessons learnt from last time:

  • Don't bring anything that needs a petticoat - and don't bring a petticoat
  • Seperates, seperates - the best thing to bring
  • Don't always count on buying an outfit at Viva to wear - bring enough that you won't worry
  • Fancy outfits - who am I kidding, I'm just there to dance and they're not practical
  • If you see something amazing and it fits you, buy it - you won't see it again
  • Don't bother with a swimsuit unless you really love the pool - I swam once! (although, I do have a 1940's sunsuit I've been saving for VLV, but it packs down small)
  • Jewellery weighs a ton, pack light
  • The water is GROSS in Vegas. You may need to buy bottled water in bulk (we bough gallon bottles and refilled from those).
  • Careful with the amount of bobby pins in your hair, or the TSA will pat your head down (hair scarves are the answer to easy hair)
  • It's easy to get a US pre-paid mobile card (T-Mobile on Tropicana Ave, Vegas, sell them) but don't forget to get your phone unlocked first
  • Separates are a lot more versatile and easier to wear travelling - obvious, but bring things that don't need ironing. I'm packing some poly-blend 1940's blouses and jumpers
  • Medicines - bring your own. We found it really hard to get the good cold + flu capsules at Walgreens (bringing my own Codral this time)
  • Bring anything specialised you might need - i.e a barrel curler and pins. Yes you can get them at Sallys but it saves time. Go to Sallys anyway and buy up
  • Gloves! Bring leather gloves because Chicago is like Antarctica!
  • Buy all the things that you can't get at home (hello Sephora, remember me??)

Being gay in the USA
  • Not an issue in the big cities
  • Not an issue in Vegas
  • Not an issue at all at Viva Las Vegas (in fact, Jakk didnt get the comments or looks she would here, when she used the women's bathroom/change rooms)
  • Turns out the Belmont/Lakeview/Boystown area of Chicago is the gay and antiques district - guess where we are staying?

I hope I do get to see some familiar faces there!
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