Twenties Fashions from Leach’s Home Dressmaker 1925

This is rather a budget publication, being only 3 pence (3d), compared to Paris Mode which was 9 pence (9d) and Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series (6d). Free patterns featured in every issue and then after a brief text about what was in fashion, the rest of the magazine acts as a catalogue for Leach’s sewing patterns, which were 9d including postage. Each issue has a different topic, for example Schoolgirl’s Outfits, Styles For the Matron, Toddlers’ wear etc. (In case anyone is wildly interested, I took down a list of each issues specialism from the set of 1925 I was looking at – see bottom of post).

Issue 91 – Jumper & Jumper Skirts – 3 free patterns. Inside patterns available in 34-40″ bust sizes

1925 Leach's Home Dressmaker

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Free Vintage Pattern from 1928 – ladies panel front jumper

free vintage knitting pattern from Sunny Stitcher page 2-2

This beautiful jumper is from 1928, published in Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series Issue 104 which is subtitled Jumper-Suits, Jumpers and Cardigans. Width around under arms is 38″, but it is supposed to be baggy, or “have positive ease” as expert knitters call it. Scroll down below the front cover for the pattern.

free vintage knitting pattern from Sunny Stitcher 1

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Free Vintage Pattern from the 1940s/ 1930s? No. 2744 from Patons & Baldwins

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34 – 36 inch bust

I’m guessing by the haircut and width of shoulder that this is a WW2 pattern, however it’s a bigger size (appearing in the scanned form as actual size) than P&B leaflets I’ve seen which are definitely from that period, so it could be late 1930’s or early enough on in the war that the paper restrictions and shortages hadn’t affected knitting patterns yet. I was another holiday charity shop find and is rather fragile and has been taped glued back together at some point.

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern – Groovy 1970 – 1971 Men’s Sweater & Scarf Combo

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Check this guy out – he’s such a dude in that scarf and jumper combo, and he knows it. I want to represent all of the good bits of the twentieth century¬†(that are also out of copyright!) on this website, so after a run of quality 1930’s and 1940’s patterns, here is a gem from the late 1960’s or early 1970’s *. It’s made in DK yarn, which is possibly worsted or 8 ply in other countries.

*The pattern has both old currency and new decimalised British money as the price. As decimalisation was February 1971, I presume this pattern was published in 1970, but can’t be 100% sure. The style reminds me of 1969 and for no apparent reason this:

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Full Magazine Scan – Stitchcraft October 1953

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One of my charity and Antique Shop finds from my hols, hence it’s creased condition. Here is a full scan of this issue of Stitchcraft from 1953. It includes these patterns:

  • For 8 -10 year old’s a lumber jacket.
  • Men’s lumber jacket in chest sizes 37-38, 39-40 and 41-42
  • Ladies turtle neck dolman sleeve top 33-34 inch bust
  • Ladies twin set on cover in 35-36 and 37-38 inch bust
  • Suggestions for Christmas gifts in embroidery and other stitches (advertising¬† the transfers which were sold via mail order)
  • Ladies Angora tippet
  • Ladies Fringed shawl
  • Ladies “Hug Me Tight” waistcoat 33-34 inch bust
  • Woofy dog toy
  • Ladies warm button up jumper 34-35 and 36-37 inch bust

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