It all started with this crêpe by John Kaldor that I bought at the Knitting & Stitching Show in London this October: What colour is this? Umm, blue? No. Having bought this crêpe early in the day, I then decided to get some matching navy gabardine for something or other - I was still working… Continue reading Teal? Petrol? Turquoise?
I got my hands on some 1930s patterns, finally! Some sewing, some knitting and lots and lots of embroidery, plus the obligatory slimming and getting-rid-of-the-beard ads, plus a very special way of rejuvenating your hair! The three magazines in question are: February 1936 "The Needlewoman", UK; and November 1937 and March 1938 "Mode und Wäsche",… Continue reading Three magazines from 1930s
I have now made several patterns from Beyers Mode für Alle 1940/41 magazine. These patterns are significantly different from 1950s patterns that I've sewn before. My college tutors always warned us that you couldn't just measure a 1940s pattern and know how it would fit - the amount of draping, subtle and obvious, and the… Continue reading Lessons from 1940s
No, not the actual stuff! I am not about to air her bloomers or anything. 😮 My elder grandmother was born around 1908 and got married in early 1930s, with her first child born in 1936, so 1930s was very much "her" decade - the time when she was young. The 30s remained with my… Continue reading My grandmother’s undergarments
A great advantage of having a stash is that when you suddenly realise that you absolutely urgently need another dress like the one you just made but lighter, with a wider skirt and in red - you have just the fabric for it. 😀 This is viscose of medium density: it is quite heavy, so… Continue reading A dress from 1941 take II
This is a dress from the May 1941 issue of Beyers Mode für Alle magazine - Germany. I don't have the actual magazine, just the pattern sheet. I bought one issue of this magazine and it came "complete with all the pattern sheets" - oh joy, they are so rare. But it turned out to… Continue reading A dress from 1941
Thread loops are those skinny loops made with thread (yep, it is what it sounds like) for your little buttons. Thread loops can be made in different ways but I think the needle lace technique gives the neatest results. After all, this is how you make lace! (Pick up any book on needle lace… Continue reading Thread loops and needle lace