Well, we are women after all!
Thinking about our event wardrobe and the fact that my (soon-to-be) teenage daughter has a tendency to grow – note to self: must stop feeding her – this is a great excuse for us to look for different outfits for this year’s events. I have a couple of patterns, including the 1930s Jiffy blouse, which I made for DD a couple of years ago – I think that I may try the 1940s One Yard Blouse this year – will keep you updated as to success.
I was lucky enough to find the One Yard Blouse pattern on Aimee’s Victorian Armoire – and despite the name, Aimee does a lot more than Victorian patterns and I would highly recommend a look.
I tend to scour charity shops as well, keeping an open mind, as a number of items have a “nod” to the 1940s and can often be easily adapted – which is environmentally friendly as well as being kinder to my pocket and limited time. Aimee’s Victorian Armoire also has a useful article on adapting modern patterns to a 1940s look – you never know, you might already have something suitable!
Also, don’t forget accessories. Do you knit? or know someone who does? A beautiful handmade cardigan or jumper is just the ticket for one of these events and I was lucky enough to have my Mum make one for me x Do you crochet? or know someone who does? There are some lovely bag patterns (I’m still in the starting blocks with mine!), and I would suggest Vintage Visage as another source of great vintage patterns.
Don’t forget the penchant for headwear! Hats, hair pieces, snoods, hair nets, turbans – the list goes on! Have a look here, at some fabulous original patterns!
YouTube have some great videos, including this one for how to tie a turban, courtesy of British Pathe! How to make glamorous turbans (1942)
I hope that this will give you some inspiration for your wardrobe for this year’s events – I know that I’ve got ideas spilling out of my head – I just need to find the time – now where did I put it??
My mum made herself a lovely cardigan from a vintage pattern and has agreed to make one for me as well – I am so lucky!
Because I am a larger size, the only original patterns that would fit me are for the more “mature” figure!! But my Mum is very clever and has made a few adjustments to the pattern to make it look a little younger in style! Can’t wait to wear it…
1940s Crocheted Triangle Handbag
I’ve been a little quiet for the past few days, so apologies for that. I’ve been doing a little more research and have got another couple of books on their way, so keep your eyes peeled for more recipes!
I’ve just started a 1940s crocheted bag – my crochet skills are fairly basic, and a little rusty, but the pattern assures me it’s quite easy, so here goes nothing! As I am a little unsure of myself, I am just using yarn from my stash at the moment, and I’ve picked two of my favourite colours – a dark mossy green and an auberginey colour – both Drops DK cotton yarn, as the pattern says that it would have originally been made in a thick, shiny DK cotton – I use Wool Warehouse, but other stockists are available!
Here is a link to the pattern I am using:
I highly recommend this site for it’s great vintage patterns, not just 1940s, I’m sure you’ll end up buying more than one! I’ve also purchased a pattern for a large clutch bag, a rose necklace and the site has a free monthly pattern – which this month is for a 1940s shopping tote – very handy! So I’ve got plenty to keep me going over the coming months, ready for next year’s shows.
Here’s a photo of a bag I made the other year – a basic crochet square, just LARGE – and then drawn in around the top and handles attached.
Although my main interest is in the food / home front side of things, we obviously have to try to look the part as well.
I have used a lot of different resources for my research and I thought that I’d share some of them with you.
Vintage Visage is a good source of reproduction patterns
Style Me Vintage 1940s
Simplicity Retro patterns:
I was lucky enough to stumble across another frugal make the other day, from Aimee’s Victorian Armoire – a 1940s blouse pattern that can be made with 1 yd fabric!
Slightly different in style to the previous Jiffy blouse, but still simple enough to be run up within an evening.
I’ll give this one a try at a later date, as I have quite a bit to do this week, getting ready for Thorpe Camp, so will update this post with my finished article at a later date.
I’ve finally finished the trousers and I think they looked quite good as part of the outfit. Below is a photo of the outfit with the Jiffy blouse that I made.
She wore the outfit to the Boston 1940s event yesterday and looked really cute when she wasn’t squinting at the camera!
I’ve bought my daughter some lovely blue polka dot fabric for her blouse and I have bought some dark grey polka dot fabric for my blouse. Both of them are from Rose & Hubble – lovely light cotton perfect for a lightweight blouse.
As I mentioned, I’m going to size down for my daughter – the original pattern states a rectangle of 27″ x 44″ for the main body. I’ve used a current t-shirt of hers to check measurements and also double-checked them on her – and I’m going to make the main rectangle 24″ x 40″. This is generous enough to give her the capped sleeves effect and to be waist length only. I keep the length of the ties the same, as these will just tie up nicely.
For myself, I measured myself and am going to cut out a main rectangle of 30″ x 54″. I can always amend/dart/shorten if necessary. This is a first attempt, so I am not expecting it to be perfect, especially as I am a lot larger than the standard 1930’s female form.
Well, I don’t think that it turned out too badly really! Here’s a pic of my daughter’s on my mannequin and will post a pic of her wearing it at the weekend as well.
The blouses took approx. an hour each to make from cutting out to final press. I think that I may just be addicted and have to make quite a few!!
I managed to get Liv’s blouse out of 0.75m – making it £5.25 + 1m bias binding for the neckline and thread. Unfortunately, I think that 24″ was a little too narrow and it gapes a little at the side, so I put one press stud on either side to hold it together properly. I think next time, I will do the width at 27″, so will probably buy 1m of fabric to be safe!
I’ve recently come across another blog for a vintage “Jiffy” blouse from the 1930s. It is definitely an easy make and will look great with some slacks for a more casual look on a vintage day – I am sizing it down for my daughter and up for myself. I will update this post with images etc. as I go along.
Original blog post: http://blog.hartsfabric.com/retro-inspired-wrap-shirt-tutorial/
Although Amy’s blog makes it with a round neck (ok for my daughter), I think that I will stick with the original (above) and make it a v-neck, which is slightly more flattering for a heavier bust!
I’m hoping to at least get my daughter’s done this week for the vintage day in Boston on Sunday…
Update for this post, can be read here.
I’ve just about finished my daughter’s slacks for this year’s festivals.
We found a pair of trousers in a charity shop for £1, they were from Next and a nice old-fashioned looking cloth, with baggy enough legs. In terms of the festivals – she can always claim that they’ve been re-purposed from a pair of her father’s – make do and mend!
There were 3 buttons on the waistband, so I decided to leave them in place (law of least effort), but otherwise unpicked the rest of the waistband, so that I could make the necessary alterations to the body of the trousers.
I put them on her, and pinned some small pleats to each side of the front, slightly increased the two back darts, and added a dart to the rear seam as well, as she has quite a rounded bum, and the waist was gaping.
Once these were stitched in place, I re-pinned the waistband to fit and cut the excess off from the edge where I will re-sew the buttons. I think that this has worked very effectively!
I will need to take a couple of inches off the leg length, but otherwise a good job done. These will look great with the jumper that her Grandma has finished and we will be collecting tomorrow. I will post a picture of the outfit then.
In an attempt to get ready for our vintage weekends, my mum has been helping me out with some vintage knitting.
Knitting pattern booklet
“Plain Sailing” tank-top pattern
Completed tank-top – very retro!
This is a lovely little tank-top for my 5 yr old nephew. Although it looks quite snug, the rib pattern allows for good stretch, so should fit for quite a while.
My talented mother has also nearly finished a lovely little jumper for my 11 year old daughter:
Complete Home Knitting Illustrated, approx. 1947
Little leisure time jumper
Front nearly complete
Pattern for 12 yr girl
The colour of the jumper is a darker blue than appears in the above photo (almost Airforce Blue) and will be worn with a pair of repurposed slacks, this will give her a slightly more grown-up image than she has previously worn! I’ll post a photo of the completed jumper and full outfit later on.