Monday, April 10, 2017

Free pattern: Chartruese cardigan from 1946

Well hello strangers~!

Thanks for being patient while I've been off studying and having adventures!  I do have some exciting news about a pattern grading project I've been working on - multi-sized sewing patterns based off original vintage patterns from the 1940s and 1950s.

The Hawaiian tea-timer blouse is first up, so watch this space over the next few weeks to be first in on the news.

In the meantime, I was flicking through some old Stitchcraft Magazines and came across this really unusual cardigan from September 1947.

free vintage knitting patterns 1940s jumper sweater stitchcraft magazine

I really like the contrasting stitch patterns and the colours - chartreuse! I hope you like it too.

To fit: 33-35 inch bust
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Free Knitting Pattern: Golden frills jumper, Stitchcraft Magazine May-June 1947

Today's free vintage knitting pattern is a lovely little number from a late 1940s Stitchcraft Magazine.

free vintage knitting pattern 1940s sweater jumper 40 34

I'm not sure if you can see it in the above image, but the yoke has a great lattice pattern on top of a body of ribbing. The lattice is edged with a frill, which I find frilling haha.

To fit: 34-36 inch bust
Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: 3.75mm and 3mm
(right click on images to open full size)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FOs: 1950's Lamè Bombshell Dress (using Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book)

I'm sure that I'll never get bored with the Faux Sarong Dress in Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book!

gerties ultimate dress book review faux sarong dress 1950s lame lamè dress plus size vintage sewer

These photos were taken on a 40C degree day at the Sydney Opera House - so please excuse my face while I'm trying not to melt into a puddle...

After the success with the leopard print version I made last year, it was time to try a totally different look using the same pattern mashed up with Butterick 9629 (I have an old repro by HappyScissors).

This time around, I added a sarong over skirt to the front, a mock tie, shoulder straps and bust detailing.

gerties ultimate dress book review faux sarong dress 1950s lame lamè dress plus size vintage sewer
I love this photo as it looks like i'm being attacked by a seagull!
This is Xmas lamè fabric - I kid you not. 
I found it in the Xmas section at Spotlight, and bought everything I could get my hands on.
It's thick like vintage lamè and holds it shape really well. The only downside is the strength of the fabric weave - it's a tad loose and pressure on the seams show up. I would recommend overlocking the edges of every piece before sewing too as they frayed like you would not believe. 

The whole dress is lined in matching gold cotton homespun.

gerties ultimate dress book review faux sarong dress 1950s lame lamè dress plus size vintage sewer

I used spiral steel boning just like last time, but left off the sprung steel as I wanted to be able to sit down (and the shoulder straps would hold it up).

Surprisingly, spiral steel was enough to hold everything up - so much so go I could bra-less in this dress, the first time in my life! 

To get the sarong overskirt to fit, I laid the sarong pattern piece over the existing skirt front and added and subtracted from the side until it matched. Very easy.

The bias strip around the upper edge is completely handsewn to the edges.

  • Added another inch to total length (that's 2 inches total)
  • Sarong skirt addition
  • No other mods that weren't mentioned last time I used this pattern.

Once again, really happy with this pattern and how the dress turned out. It looked so fabulous that the MC Murray Hill gave us front row seats at the show Club Swizzle when he saw us walk us (win!).

I can't wait to use the rest of the lamè in another dress, but I think I need some easy projects before I tackle using it again.

2016 in Review

I know that 2016 was pretty rotten for a lot of people (not to mention a lot of inspirational people passing away) - but 2016 was a pretty fantastic year for me.

Jakk and I had an amazing two-month holiday in the USA, and got see a tonne of people we love, plus the bison, Yellowstone National Park and Hawaii.

I was getting emotional just looking at old photos - we'll probably be heading back in 2018.

On my personal life side, the project work I've been doing has lead to a new senior role at work. You've probably noticed a drop off in my posting - apologies, I have a lot less spare time than I used to so I'm aiming for quality over quantity.

I've also just found out that I got accepted into University for this year, starting an MBA (squee). This is the girl who didn't really finish high school, and hasn't done any University study before.
To those in a similar boat I say don't give up, there's other ways to get into University and experience really counts.

Finished Outfits for 2016

No finished knitting for 2016 - but I have a lot of projects that should be finished off this year (hopefully).

While not hugely productive this past year, I really did focus on making tricky or time consuming clothing (including finally using metal boning).

From the left:

Now these blouses might not be tricky to make, but I've definitely turned out a lot of them (eight versions and counting). I think the pattern is my new go-to for blouses, and a great example of not trusting the envelope picture - it looks much better in real life.

Well, 2017 will hopefully continue in the same vein - and I hope you had a swell New Years!

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