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V for Victory!

September 22, 2013

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.




  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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