It’s Jumper Jill again, my favorite model. Here she is doing a kind of look across the tennis net to someone she loves look. The pattern itself is in a terribly ripped and delicate state. I found it in my house in a pile of magazines, and have no idea where it originally came from. Download it as a pdf HERE.
The jumper is made in an unusual stitch and it’s quite an unusual shape too. It around a 36″ bust, but worn a little loose, so for 32-34″ or more depending on how you want it to fit. It’s made in Totem knitting wool. I’m not sure what ply that is, but Barbara Smith has posted here that it was a chunkier yarn, which was equivalent to an aran or chunky weight. Barbara works or volunteers with a British organisation The Knitting & Crochet Guild. They have put online a Patons and Baldwins advertising leaflet called Make It In Wool, with lots of photos of thirties knitting patterns. You can look at it here. There is also a pdf of different knitting pattern from the same series as this one, which you can see here (no actual patterns, just the front photos).
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Here is a boucle suit knitted in 4 ply, with a skirt waist of 26 inches and no obvious sign of what the bust is. The skirt needs 16 buttons and the coat 8.
Dating it – This was priced at 2d, which makes me think it is from the early thirties or the twenties. This wasn’t a scientific process as I just looked at the patterns currently on my desk – the many forties patterns seem to all be priced 4d, and a thirties one is 2d. It’s such a shame it’s shot from the back, as we can’t see what it is like, but looking at the back cover, the four things advertised are definitely from the thirties.
The other unusual thing is the tape which it is mended with. I’m not sure when sellotape was invented, but I have seen this tape before, on a bookbinding course. It’s a woven fabric tape, though there are marks of a more modern sellotape. A hint for people who want to stick their patterns together today – normal tape will dry out, flake off and leave a mark (it may take twenty years, but trust me it will). I use Scotch Magic Tape, but we’ll have to wait a while to see if it’s any better.
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It’s nearly the end of my series of thirties knits scanned at the British Library, but don’t fret vintage pattern addicts – I have a hoard of 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s patterns to scan from my own collection. For those in London, I’m also planning to sell some of my vintage patterns and magazines, sewing patterns and fabric at the Hackney Jumble Trail (weather permitting, if it rains people might have to come up to my flat).
Today’s pattern is from the end of the Sitchcraft Leaflet Series and has lovely embroidered zigzags. The bust size is a tiny 30 -32 inch and can be made with long or short sleeves. As a larger bust size than this, I’m thinking of adding that kind of embroidered design to a different pattern of a more generous size – perhaps something that I don’t wear very often having become bored with it.
Unfortunately the date stamp was too faint to read, but I’m fairly sure that part of the collection was from the late thirties. Here are the pdf versions of the three pages – page 1, page 2 and 3, Page 4Read More »