Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vintage cheeky christmas cards - just for you! (free downloads)

It's time to send your Christmas cards - and if you have vintage or kitsch loving friends these would be right up their alley!

 Fairly innocent on the front, right? Well, except for the card on the far right.

But have a look inside!

1940s risque christmas pinup cards sexy photos

I think the one on the left is my favourite.

To download them and make your own:
  • Right click on the image, and select 'Open in a New Tab'
  • When the image opens, either Save it, or Print picture.
  • When printing, make sure you print it to fit on a whole page or it might turn out tiny.
  • Cut around the edges, and fold down the middle. Then fold again.
  • Send to all your friends! 


Monday, December 08, 2014

A sewing-inspired festive wreath, c. 1952

Isn't this wreath the cutest! It's from Needlework Illustrated No.215 (Dec 1952).

It's suggested as a way of giving the sewer in your life the gift of threads (who doesn't need more haby supplies) but I think is a great way to make a sewing inspired wreath too!

Thread the reels onto fancy cord, knot between the reels and finish with some holly trim - voila!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Mexican Summer... (Just a quick outfit post)

Oh my the weather is hot at the moment! And muggy too..
In the search of something to cool to wear, I found one of my favourite outfits in the back of the wardrobe.. A Mexican tourist set, made from tomato-red rayon.

mexican tourist set plus size rayon 1940s dress

Love, love this oufit. So much so, that I had to share it with you.
Although it's quite 'blousey', the top and skirt combo is really flattering on a larger figure.
I even had vintage dealers try and buy it off my back when I was walking around a vintage fair.

If you're in Australia, I hope you managed to keep cool this weekend as well! (And if you're in the northern hemisphere, I'm very jealous of your winter right now).

Mexican tourist set - HipsMcGee on Etsy
Shoes - Miss L Fire Tijuana
Glasses - Long Beach, somewhere
Carved bone jewellery - Etsy

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FO: A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

Ahhh.... nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!

The pattern is Simplicity 1212, a pinafore-dress from 1944. Not much to look at, but very easy and very comfortable.

Photo: Vintagepatternwiki

Did I mention the pattern has little pockets?

The fabric is an adorable christmas border print, with 'Merry Christmas' in different languages written across the white background. I was really lucky to nab this on eBay, and had plans for a gathered skirt (similar to last year's Christmas outfit) but there was just over three yards...

Hmm... A frantic search through my pattern collection came up with Simplicity 1212, and I was sure with some careful laying out and mods it should work.

  • Added half an inch to each side at the waist
  • Cut the back on a fold to elimate the facing needed (save fabric), and...
  • Added side zipper so I can get into it!
  • Shortened the length of the underbust dart to avoid pointy boobs
  • Drafted a facing for the neck instead of using bias
  • Used leftover red hem fabric on the back belt tie as I was running out of fabric
vintage 1940s shoes pinafore dress sewing pattern miss l fire norma plus size christmas novelty print dress

Really happy! I would definitely use this pattern again. It's very comfortable to wear and will be great for Christmas day when I'm running around cooking.

novelty print christmas border print fabric 1940s dress

  • Dress - Simplicity 1212, me!
  • Shoes - Miss L Fire Norma
  • Bakelite bracelets and earring - Etsy, various
  • Bakelite brooch - GingerJindo , Etsy
  • Hairflower - Diva

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Knitted Christmas Booties, Stitchcraft December 1944

Hold onto your hats - these booties are a tad psychedelic!

Lets blame wool rationing, shall we?

These Christmas booties would make a fabulous present for someone - not to mention a great way to use up remnants of yarn.

You'll need oddments of fingering weight yarn, 4mm needles and some leather for the soles and ties.

(For size reference, the heel piece measures 6cm high along the fold line)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FO: Such Flattering Puff Sleeves, c. 1938

Wow -  a marathon 10 months of knitting, but it's finally done! And just in time for our Summer (eep).

vintage knitting jumper sweater plus size 1930s 1940s knitwear a stitch in time puff sleeves

The pattern is 'Such Flattering Puff Sleeves', from A Stitch in Time Vol 1. The original was published in My Home, 1938.

ASIT is being re-released before the end of November, so if you missed out on getting a copy the first time head on over to Susan's website to order yours now. I cannot recommend her ASIT books enough.

I kept falling in and out of love with this jumper - sometimes I would think the yarn wouldn't work, other times I thought I should have made it in a larger size.

It worked out perfectly in the end though.

Yarn: Holst Garn Samarkand (wool/silk) in Cherry Red, held double throughout.
I wasn't keen on this yarn as a single strand (it's a bit rough and snaps) but held double it gives a nice firm, yet soft, fabric.

Size: Small (I wanted the ribs to be stretched out to avoid too much bulk)

Mods from Ravelry:

  • Only knitted the first 1.5 inches of the body on the smaller needles, then upsized to 3.5mm for the rest.
  • Sleeves were only knitted on 3.5mm
  • Increased body length by 1/2 inch
  • Increased sleeve cap height by 1/2 inch

You really have to look at the original 1930's pattern to get an idea of how the sleeves will look once it's made up. They’re not 1940's sleeves that sit high on the shoulder - they’re meant to puff out more from around the arm.

If you wanted something with more of a 1940's look I would recommend increasing the amount of stitches you cast off, across the neck - and lengthening the sleeve.
Overall - pretty darn happy! Now to just finish my Giftmas knitting so I can work on the next project.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The first annual Vintage Secret Santa gift exchange at Chronically Vintage

Jessica at Chronically Vintage is running the first annual Vintage Secret Santa gift exchange - if you'd like to sign up, just visit her blog here.

vintage secret santa gift present blog chronically vintage
 I think this is such a lovely idea to meet other vintage enthusiasts.

The gift exchange is open to all vintage-lovers around the globe, with some simple rules:
  • Gifts must be to the value of $15USD
  • Gifts should be vintage, vintage reproduction, vintage inspired or vintage appropriate, handmade or similar
  • Gifts need to be send by 12 December to arrive in time for Xmas day
Thanks to Jessica for organising this, I can't wait to be a secret santa.
(And don't forget to hashtag #vintagesecretsanta)