1920s | Downton Abbey Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Early 1920s Cardigan

By on April 20, 2016

One garment from the 1910s and 1920s that often gets overlooked is the belted cardigan. However, it’s actually a classic piece of fashion history from this time period and often pops up in period dramas based in these eras. Women wore them about the house to keep warm before central heating became the norm, you could probably equate them to modern day hoodies!

1920s wool cardigan

I’ve always found them fascinating and have always loved to have one, but most were knitted and I, very annoyingly, cannot knit. So, when I saw this original 1920s wool jersey one on Pinterest I knew I needed to try and make my own version. It would be a perfect challenge for my next Vintage Pledge.

Early 1920s outfit

And here it is! I based the design on an original 1930s cardigan sewing pattern I had, although the 1920s detailing of the large patch pockets and double button belt were just guess work.

Top stitching detail on 1920s cardigan

Sportswear inspired clothing was just beginning to creep into fashion during the early part of the 1920s and one detail that was used in the majority of these garments was top-stitching. I added loads of it to this cardigan to really give it a sportswear feel which was a huge challenge, trying to keep it straight and neat everywhere!

If you would like to read more about how how I made this early 1920s cardigan and see more photos, feel free to pop over to my blog.

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1800s | 1930s | 1960s

Vintage Knitting

By on September 9, 2014

Hi all! I actually have a sweater to show you guys that my mother graciously made for me. It took her a year, so I’ve been waiting for it for a while. But nevertheless, it’s very nice. It’s a pattern from the book A Stitch in Time volume 2. The yarn is a colonial blue, made of 100% wool I believe. I picked some cool buttons I had in my stash, I have reason to believe they are from the late 1800’s. They are made out of bone, and are a lot more yellow than in my picture.

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I also happen to be wearing some pants that I made a short while ago. I know that 1960’s bell bottoms don’t go with a 1930’s sweater, but whatever.

Hope you guys like it, I would definitely recommend this pattern if anyone wants to knit!

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1940s | Skirts

Blue and Green

By on February 19, 2014

I’ve been sewing and knitting again and have added two new basics to my wardrobe.

The skirt is made from green twill and McCall’s 7032.

The sweater vest is a sports vest made from a 40s pattern in A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. It was quite fun to knit up.

I also opted to wear a new vintage hat with this outfit! I just adore hats even if I’m not much into millinery.

Who else here enjoys vintage knitting along with vintage sewing?

More details on the blog: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/back-to-basics.html

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1930s | 1940s

1939 Knit Bobble Cardigan

By on June 18, 2013

Although this is a knitting project, not a sewn one, I thought that it would be of interest to WeSewRetro readers as I know a lot of sewists also knit. This sweater is from a modern book that published a collection of vintage patterns called Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters. This pattern is originally from 1939, but a woman that knit this sweater when the pattern was published in 1939 certainly would have continued to wear it through the 40’s making it WWII era.

The buttons on the sweater are also vintage, although I’m not sure from exactly when. They were among a collection of vintage buttons that I have inherited from a couple of different sources and have clearly come off of a used item or have been banging around in a jar for a very long time as they have dents and scratches. I purchased the modern shawl stick although I intend to do a bit of research and find a more period appropriate design. If anyone can point me to information on that end, it would be appreciated! I have more information on the sweater construction on my blog and on Ravelry for those that are interested.

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1940s | 1950s | Buttons

Vintage Knits

By on November 5, 2011

I thought I would share a couple of my vintage knits.

This beaded beauty has been neglected for years.  It has reminded me how much I love knitting with the added texture of beads, so I am going to keep my eyes open for a new project with beaded embellishments.

And this lace sweater was finished last weekend after spending quite a bit of time as a UFO.  But thanks to Burda Style’s Dorset Button tutorial, I now have a finished project.

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace, here and here.

It is currently pouring rain outside, so I am going to pour myself some tea, and sit down with a pair of needles.  Knitting is the perfect remedy for lousy weather.

P.S.  I also sewed up the skirts for both outfits, so I hope that qualifies as the “sew” in sew retro!

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