Vintage Sewing

A Finished 1940s Cashmere Sweater and a WIP 1970s dress

February 2, 2008


My name’s Cassie – I love to sew and knit… particularly from vintage patterns. Alas, I don’t have the time to do this half as much as I’d like to.

So, by way of an introduction, here’s some pictures of a 1940s (?) knitted sweater which I finished in 2007. (I haven’t really tried taking photos of myself before – sorry they’re a bit blury!)…

Overall I was pleased with how it turned out (except the back of the neckband, but that’s hidden by my hair!)

It was a real pain to knit though – each panel/band at the top is separated by ribbing, so to keep the elasticity, I couldn’t carry the light yarn between the panels and I used a separate ball for each panel. I spent more time untangling than knitting!

And here is a ‘work in progress’ that I started last autumn. It’s based on a pattern from the News of The World from the 1970s(?) (the News of the World is a rather trashy UK newspaper – did it really once give away dress patterns!?).

I just need to finish attaching the bottom band but I’ve stalled… partly because I don’t think I’d ever wear it. Peter pan collars and puff sleeves are a bit tricky to wear when you’re in your 30s and want people to take you seriously!

  1. I really like both of these projects–I think the dress is really cute on you. Perhaps with the right accessories you’ll be able to make it look cute/funky without looking too young?

  2. Love the sweater and the dress. Although I know what you mean about wanting to be taken seriously at 30. What I would suggest is funk the dress up a bit by making it shorter (knee or above) and wear jeans with it or some other kind of slim trouser. Then you’d be brining a rather dated dress right up to the present. Wear some bolder accessories and voila! 30 year old with some decided style.

  3. LOVE the sweater! Great job on that. I started knitting a sweater from a vintage pattern AGES ago (okay, at least a year ago…), and you’re inspiring me to get back to it!

  4. Thanks so much for your kind comments and suggestions. I think making the dress a bit shorter is a v. good idea + I think I might try to reduce the fullness on the skirt … fingers crossed that will do the trick! The trouble is, I’ve just started a part-time MA degree, which is seriously cutting into my sewing time 🙁

  5. I don’t know, I think the fact that the dress is black makes it a much more serious dress than it would be otherwise. But I can see it worn like a tunic with jeans, looking good too.

  6. I agree, it’s not like you chose pink gingham with cherries or something like that. I do know where you’re coming from, though, as I just turned 28 myself and am starting to realise that I have to give up the puff sleeves and peter pan collars. Sigh.
    Your 40’s sweater made me gasp out loud and scream “Why can’t I have one of those?” 🙂
    Where’s your blog at, by the way? you have great style and I’d love to see more!

  7. The jumper is gorgeous. The dress is hot. Would look great with some boots. Get into it – you have great style.

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