Monday, September 21, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern: Smart Striped Jumper from Stitchcraft July-Aug 1948

A By-Request pattern for Sandflies on Ravelry (yep, I do take requests!) who was after this particular pattern from StitchCraft Magazine, July-August 1948.

This cute little cardigan has some great matched stripes going on - I love the way they wrap around the chest and across the upper arms.

The colour combination is pretty fantastic too!

stitchcraft magazine free knitting pattern 1940s 1950s

A cute collar matches well with the multitude of buttons down the front - something was very flashy after the war-standards of minimal buttons a few years ago.

To fit: 32-34 inch bust
Yarn: fingering
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rock and Roll Markets and a sneaky hat fix.

This month's Rock and Roll Markets was meant to be a vintage showcase, which meant frocking up (more than normal).

miss l fire betty white 1940s lucite wicker handbag rayon dress plus size xl large

I wore a 1940's rayon day dress, with contrast collar and cuffs - it was pretty hot today and a good breathable choice. (I can't wear the big skirts and petticoats when I'm dancing, they make me feel like a hot and sweaty meringue).

Obligatory brooch close up of my 1940's carved lucite bow - I'm so worried about losing one of the bakelite berry balls as they're still on the original string.

'Frocking up' (to me) means wearing a hat, but I suffer from a lack of hats in my life. They're hard to dance in, and I don't trust that I can pick ones that suit my face.

But what of the sneaky hat fix?
I found the 1950s straw number for super cheap at a sale, and couldn't pass up on a bargain - the only problem is that it was very damaged around the brim.

It's been sitting with my other hats for over a year, waiting for a better life and now seemed like a good time.

I carefully steamed some velvet in ribbon in half and clipped it to the brim.

Run some gather stitches around the edges (to fit the ribbon the curve better) and then stitched down.

Viola! A new life for an old hat.

It wouldn't be the Rock and Roll Markets without some rock and roll dancing - I didn't realise Jakk was taking sneaky pictures until I got home!

And Strollin with some of the Sydney vintage crew, of course...

Another good weekend over, and I'm looking forward to the next markets in November.

Shoes - Miss L Fire Betty
Dress - 1940's Rayon, Etsy
Lucite Brooch - eBay
Wicker and Lucite Bag - eBay
Bakelite Bangles - Etsy
Sunglasses - Random shop in Long Beach, CA

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Hi gang!

I'm afraid I'm not able to post as often as I would like at the moment as my work is taking all of my mental energy - sorry for the scarcity of posts!

We did manage to sneak away recently to the Western Plain Zoo in Dubbo (about 6 hours away from Sydney) with group of Sydney Dykes on Bikes. Talk about a fun-filled weekend of animals and wine-drinking!

You can stay onsite in the fancy Savannah cabins, right near the giraffe enclosure - I would definitely recommend it. You can see them galloping around in the morning mist - it's pretty special.


Yes, our friends are nuts.

Sometimes you just need to get away, and this surely is the place to do it.
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