Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Pattern: A Men's Pullover in Diamond Pattern, c. 1935

Jakk has such great taste when it comes to clothes - I just wish I was a faster knitter so I could make her everything she wants.

Case in point - we were watching Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium the other night and Jakk mentioned how much she loved the vest George Pritchard was wearing.


I had a flick through some old Stitchcraft Magazines, and viola, The Diamond Pullover. 
(The Blue Geranium was written in 1932-1933, and this pattern is from Stitchcraft November 1935 - pretty close).

The pattern also recommends a colourway of bottle green and beige! The instructions come in both written and charted, and I hope you enjoy it.

To fit: 36-38 inch chest
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.75mm
Yarn: Fingering

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finished: Welcome to Jeansville

Did I mention the jeans of my dreams earlier?
1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

Well, they've finally happened.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

I've been dreaming of 1940's wide leg jeans for a VERY long time, but honestly, I've been too scared to try and make them.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket

I mean, the fitting, the top stitching - it all seemed like so much effort to get wrong! And denim isn't the cheapest fabric to mess up with either. What if I made a mistake?

But here I am over the moon in Jeansville, and they worked out.

I relied heavily on Simplicity 4990 for inspiration (boy's jeans from 1954), and modified the EvaDress Wide Leg Trousers 3322.
Pattern photo credit: DaisyandErma on Etsy

To figure out how wide I wanted the legs, I compared them to some Freddies of Pinewood jeans in my closet - then pinched out the excess width from the EvaDress trouser pattern down the centre. I believe I took a total of 6 inches excess width out of each leg to narrow the fit.

The denim is just a basic navy from Lincraft, but it has an ever so slight stretch. A back zipper instead of a front zipper of course!


  • Pinched out 3 inches width from the centre of trousers, front and back, to reduce the excess width
  • Folded pants pocket
  • 1950s pattern said to use snaps on the pockets - I used buttons and button holes

If I can pass on one piece of advice I've learnt about perfecting pants this year, it's don't put them off. Making 4-5 muslins in the past month has been painful (and not cheap) but the end product has been totally worth it.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern: A 1930's Bertha Blouse from Vogue Knitting

A Bertha Blouse doesn't sound very attractive - but it looks so easy to knit and wear!

free vintage knitting patterns 1930s vogue knitting magazine art deco

This simple pattern comes from Vogue's 4th Book of Knitting and Crochet (1936), and is suggested to be knit in white, with two green stripes.

If you were looking for a good place to start with using a vintage knitting pattern, this might be just the ticket!

To fit: 36 inch bust
Needles: 2.75mm
Yarn: Fingering weight. A light fingering weight chenille was used in the original, but a cotton or linen yarn would be a good substitute.

Friday, May 08, 2015

FO: 1940s Wide Leg Trousers (EvaDress/Simplicity 3322)

This year seems to be the Year of the Pants, which can't be a bad thing.

I feel like I'm taking baby steps towards tackling my dream project - perfect vintage jeans - and these wide leg trousers are just one step down that road.

The pattern is EvaDress 3322, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 3322 circa 1940, and I used navy gaberdine fabric from Spotlight.

Overall, I'm really happy with how these came out BUT be warned, I made four muslins before I got the fit right.

I'm about a 35 inch waist and 48 inch hips, and the pattern had so much ease in the trousers that I used a size 40 (to fit 34 waist and 43 hip).

I was also expecting them to be rather long in the crotch but they were actually quite short and needed adjusting.


  • used a back-zipper instead of side buttons
  • lengthened the total crotch depth by 3/4 inch front and back
  • added extra seam allowance to back seam for zip
  • took in at the waist by half an inch
  • removed excess width on the back of the legs, about an inch
  • shortened legs by an inch
You can see a close up of the back zipper here - oh dear, I didnt realise I was covered in cat hair, sorry!

These are supremely comfortable pants, and I can't wait to make the full overalls version from the packet as well.

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Well, now I have the basis for my jeans sorted - time to get started, right?

  • Blouse - made by me, Smooth Sailing in Denyse Schmidt Florence
  • Saddle Shoes - Bass Enfield
  • Bakelite earrings and bracelets - Etsy
  • Bakelite airplane brooch - made by me
  • Lipstick - Nars Velvet Matte in Red Square
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