It’s that time of year – a month of free vintage knitting patterns in larger sizes, starting on 1 July.
I hope you’ll like this year’s selection…
I’m one of those sewers who buys fabric first, and then figure out what to do with it later – much to the test of my partner’s patience!
Of all the colours popular in the 1940s, chartreuse is my favourite.
Just recently I found the most bonkers chartreuse rayon georgette at Remnant Warehouse and knew it needed to be a blouse, ASAP.
The pattern is McCall 7332, from 1948.
Originally I was going to make Version B with the 3/4 sleeves but I can never get them to sit right – does anyone know how to stop them sliding down?
Long sleeved version A it is then!
The pattern only uses 2 1/2 yards of fabric (about 2 1/4m) which is a lot of bang for so little fabric. I really like the little tucks on the chest, it’s a quick detail but makes the blouse interesting to sew.
Apologies for the washed out photos, my camera did not like the brightness of the fabric.
The pattern is sized for a 38 inch bust – and I made no changes to the sizing to fit my 42″ bust.
I did make one mod – it was to cut a larger sleeve head so I could gather it for a slight puff.
Honestly, I’m lazy and hate fussing around setting sleeves.
This weekend we also took a trip to see the steam trains at Transport Heritage Expo (yay for the Queen’s Birthday holiday).
Jakk and I are both fans of old buses, trams, planes and trains – I count myself really lucky to find someone else who gets as excited as I do about vintage transport.
Jakk is still recovering from breast cancer surgery, so it was nice to do something gentle but fun.
And dress up in our best vintage.
We took a steam train ride from Central Station to Hurstville – it’s amazing that these old trains still work and can get passengers around.
The Sydney Bus Museum had their old double-deckers running too, taking free trips around the Sydney CBD.
Sometimes, I think Sydney can be really boring and sterile (compared to other cities, like Melbourne or LA) – and then I find events like this and I wouldn’t live anywhere else!
I hope you had a great weekend.
Wow, it’s really been ages since I’ve finished knitting something but what a sense of accomplishment!
The pattern is Eileen, from Patons and Baldwins Specialty Knitting 79 printed around 1941 according to Trove.
I was really drawn to this pattern because of the tiny cables surrounded by dropped stitches, I love knitting anything with an interesting texture.
The yarn is Knitpicks Comfy Fingering (cotton blend in Semolina yellow), and I’m fairly happy with it. It’s nice to knit with, has a bit of a drape and hasn’t pilled much yet.
Being an old pattern, there was some general weirdness I encountered in the sizing but I’ll share that below.
The pattern was originally sized to fit a 38 inch bust, but I modded it to fit a bit larger – probably shouldn’t have bothered as it’s very stretchy and would fit a 42 inch bust easily.
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.
Today’s free vintage knitting pattern is a lovely little number from a late 1940s Stitchcraft Magazine.
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)
I’m sure that I’ll never get bored with the Faux Sarong Dress in Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book!
|I love this photo as it looks like i’m being attacked by a seagull!|
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.
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!