V for Victory!

by Bex on September 22, 2013 · 11 comments

in 1940s,Mildly Insane Photo

I know it’s not technically sewing, but I thought some of you might like to see my finished 1940′s victory jumper…

The pattern is Patons 876, and was really enjoyable to knit!

















‘Victory’ clothing was worn either before the War (WWII) ended to show support for the troops - or after, to celebrate the ‘Victory’ of War ending.

The skirt is made from Simplicity 3688 (1940s re-issue) using navy gaberdine – it’s actually my favourite suspender skirt with the suspenders removed.












It was abit touch and go with working out how much yarn I needed to make this – in the end it only took four balls of light grey, just over one ball of charcoal and half a ball of red.  Even though I love the jumper to death it’s not something I would make again – it’s very distinctive!

The full story and technical info is on my blog if anyone’s curious.




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– who has written 19 posts on WeSewRetro.com.

A vintage obsessed, rockabilly queer-Femme living in Sydney Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel September 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

You are both fabulous and talented!


mariebayarea September 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I love that jumper. Your whole ensemble is darling.


valerie September 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

Lovely! You did a fantastic job. It is very distinctive but very stylish too. The fit is perfect. I’m in awe of your skills. Once I tried knitting socks and halfway through realized I was knitting inside out. Whoops.
I love the style. The V is quite flattering and the sleeve caps are cute. I’ve seen that before on vintage patterns for knits; do you know why it was used or is it just a design feature? I’m at scarf-making level when it comes to knitting, so I don’t know if it has something to do with construction or just design.


Catherine Alekna September 23, 2013 at 5:34 am

Even though this is knitting it is well deserved to be here! its fanstastic! i love the V for victory styles and this one is perfect!


LittleBlackCar September 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

Are you kidding? If I had more patience for knitting, I’d make a dozen of those in all kinds of colors! It’s adorable!


lunefantasy September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Oh my goddess you look perfect and what a great job !!!!!


Stacey Stitch September 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This is gorgeous, and it looks lovely on you. I’m yet to start knitting…something I think I’ll crack on with in the new year and even then it’ll be by machine! I’m in awe of your skillz!


Leigh Ann September 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Very cute!


Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This totally belongs here! I LOVE it!!!


Jessamyn September 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

Thank you for sharing this with us! It’s a super-fun sweater and you make it look even more adorable.


Diana @SewPenguinuity September 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I’m a knitter too and that is absolutely fantastic and very well done! It’s gorgeous! How long did it take you to make?


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