Thursday, July 30, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Eight: Sirdar No. 1496, a ladies jumper c.1940s/50s

This pattern looks like a great transitional piece between seasons - not to mention a great transition between 1940s and 1950s styling.

This fitted cardigan also has a subtle textured stripe down the fronts.

To fit: 40/42/44 inch busts
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 4mm.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Curvy Month Seven: Regal Jumper, c. 1940s

I have a hunch that this would be a really fun knit - the bell texture stitch looks really interesting.
This pattern comes from Twin-Prufe, but I can't remember which one sorry!

The button closure on the neck is super sweet too.
This jumper has the options for long and short sleeves.

To fit: 38-40 in bust
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm

Curvy Month Pattern Six: Carnaval Cardigan, c.1950s

I really love this cardigan (from Patons Style Vol.16) - a peter-pan collar plus a two-tone front?

The model looks a little like Grace Kelly don't you think?

To fit: 32-33 in, 34-35in and 36-37in busts
Yarn: fingering weight
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FO: 1950s Inspired Dungarees (the Gertie Jeans strike again!)

Oh Gertie Jeans, you're such a great pattern now that you fit properly - and I love your versatility.

1950s overalls dungarees womans plus size large denim vintage jeans

The pattern (Butterick 5895) was so easy to modinto dungarees/overalls - just add a bib front and straps. Viola!

bakelite bracelets bangles lucite handbag wicker 1950s vintage

As you can probably tell, I did change the pockets to slant pockets with a double line of top-stitching like the EvaDress jeans I made - it's how Freddies make theirs and I think it looks neat.

The bib-front was pretty much copied off the Freddies of Pinewood Dungaree Dolls, but with the addition of some side bust darts.

I used moderately stretchy denim, and a back zipper (like normal) so they're comfortable plus easy to get in and out of.

cement flamingo 1950s kitsch garden

Would I make these again? Hmm, probably not, as one pair of fitted dungarees is probably enough.

They are definitely a winner in my book though (I wore them to the Rock and Roll Markets in Sydney today) and I know I'll wear them a lot.
I'm going to make them up again as just plain jeans.

Just goes to show - spend the time to tweak a pattern to fit and you'll be rewarded with a lot of options.

  • Sunglasses - Modcloth
  • 1950s Lucite and Wicker handbag - eBay
  • 1950s Scarf - op-shop
  • Bakelite Bangles - Etsy
  • 1940s Cowboy Brooch - Etsy

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Five: Fisherman-Knit Cardigan, c. 1950s

Doesn't this cardigan look so warm and squishy?
It's Bestway A2738, from approx 1950.

1950s cardigan knitting pattern bestway a2738

Even better, it's knit in bulky yarn, so it's a super quick knit.

To Fit:32-34 in, and 35-37 in busts
Yarn: Bulky
Needles: 3.75mm, 3.25mm and 3mm.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Quick Tutorial: How to remove the front darts in trouser patterns (to make jeans)

It's very simple to remove a dart from an existing trouser or pants pattern when you're making jeans.

For example - the EvaDress 1940s Swing Trousers 3322:

Darted at the waist:



 The same pattern, without waist darts:

1. To remove the darts, trace around your pattern piece (we never cut the original, right?)

2. Redraw the dart lines down to the side edge of the pattern piece, somewhere near the knee area. Keep the same start points on the waist edge.

3. Fold the new dart closed.

4. Retrace your new pattern piece, and re-draw the waist so it's even (you can see the faint blue line of where the previous folded piece was).

And that's it! Front darts gone and your new pants pattern is ready to be made into jeans.

I hope this tutorial helps if anyone was wondering how to do it :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Four: An Interesting Grey Woollen, c. 1940s

I had to add interesting to this pattern description - because it is! This lovely pattern comes from 'Summer Knitting', circa early 1940s.

Who doesn't love those full 1940's sleeve heads and the easy (yet attractive) stripe pattern in garter stitch?
This one's already in my queue - and I reckon it would smashing with the garter stripes knitted in a contrasting colour.

To fit: 34 and 38 inch busts.
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.75mm and 2.75mm

Monday, July 06, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Three: Silver Dew Sweater c. 1950s

This nifty 1950's number has a lot going for it - plenty of sizes, a cute yoke and collar plus a really interesting texture.

The ribbed waist also helps to keep this a trim fit.

I could see this pattern working really well as a 1940s knit too, in the right colour way. Don't be put off by the thin yarn - the body is knit up quickly on 4mm needles.

Size: 32-41 inches
Needles: 2.75mm and 4mm needles
Yarn: light fingering

Saturday, July 04, 2015

FO: 1940s Jeans (from EvaDress 3322 Wide Leg Trousers)

I freakin' love these jeans, and I love how versatile the EvaDress Wide Leg Trouser pattern is!

And here's the original pattern again:

Isn't it hard to believe they're the same design?
I've been wearing these jeans for three days straight so I guess I better make another pair before I wear these out.

I just wanted a pair of jeans that were fairly fitted around the hips, didn't give me camel-toe (hello Freddies, looking at you) and I could comfortably sit down in.
Basically a pair of jeans I could wear on the plane to the USA next year.

These jeans tick all those boxes! :)

Tired face sorry! Been working 8 days straight

The fabric was a medium weight denim (not as heavy as rigid denim), and I used a beige top-stitch thread instead of golden-yellow.

This time around, I fixed up all the little things I didn't like in my last pair, including:

  • Raising the crotch depth about half an inch (they were a fraction too low last time)
  • Narrowing the legs and hips a bit more
  • Removing the front waist dart (tutorial coming very soon)
  • Changing the pockets

I did have some major top stitching issues with this denim, my sewing machine kept chewing up the top-stitch thread no matter what tension I used.
A lot of ripping out and sewing again, but I got there in the end.

I won't mention the pair I made just before these, where I forgot to allow for ease and made them too tight (photos on Facebook if you want to see my brain fail). All that beautiful top stitching gone to waste.

1940s fairisle jumper retrospec'd clothing jeans denim womans plus size freddies of pinewood

I still can't believe I made jeans that look 'proper', i.e. like Freddies of Pinewood, not home-sewn!
I may not look excited in the photos, but I'm jumping around on the inside, let me tell you.
(I just look tired as I have to work 19 days straight to get some projects rolled out at work).

And what's next on the cards? Here's a sneak peek, and I hope you've been enjoying the Curvy Month knitting patterns so far...

Outfit 1 Details

  • Cowboy Shirt - sewn by me, using Smooth Sailing
  • Cowboy Brooch - Charcoal Designs
  • Chartreuse Cardigan - thrifted
  • Bakelite Bracelets and Earrings - Etsy
  • Shoes - Converse Chuck Taylors
Outfit 2 Details
  • 1940s Repro Jumper - Retrospec'd Clothing
  • 1940s 'B' Lucite Brooch - Etsy
  • Saddle Shoes - Bass Enfield, Amazon
  • Telephone Cord Bag - Belmont Vintage, Chicago
  • Jewellery - Etsy

Friday, July 03, 2015

Curvy Month Pattern Two: Novelty Golden Barley Jumper, c. 1950s

'So new, so different, so pretty! Our simple sky-blue jersey is embroidered with ripe ears of golden barley...'

This sweet little jumper comes from Weldon's Ladies Journal, and would be a fun novelty knit to pair with pedal pushers!

free knitting pattern 1950s large xl plus size novelty

This jumper is knit first (long or short sleeves) and the barley embroidered on later. On the upside, this would be a really easy design to embroider on any plain jumper for a taste of novelty (if you didn't want to knit your own).

To fit: 31-33 inch, 33-35 inch and 35-37 inch busts
Needles: 3.25mm and 2.75mm
Yarn: Fingering

As per always, right click on the image and open in a new tab to see full size versions for printing.

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