Vintage Make – Tie Front Fifties Jumper

Over two years ago, I blogged about going to an auction in Cornwall and coming back with a car full of goodies:

Car full of auction goodies

The boot (trunk) was jammed full – this is with the seats down!

The bulk of the auction appeared to be the contents of a house, where the lady of the house was keen on her needlecrafts. I bought two enormous boxes of vintage knitting wool – both so heavy I couldn’t lift them on my own.

Vintage wool box

Vintage wool box

I know that the wool was vintage as it came in its original boxes, and some even had the original receipts dating back to the fifties.

Still in the original wrapper

Still in the original wrapper!

I like knitting, and so it was only a matter of time before I was looking for a way to use this wool.

Such a great colour

Such a great colour

Of course, being vintage wool, I wanted to use it in a vintage pattern, so I went through my collection of knitting patterns to see if I could find something wearable, in my size, and for the right wool.

Vintage Knitting Magazine

Vintage Knitting Magazine

I found it in this fifties knitting magazine:

The Pattern

The Pattern

The pattern is for a tie fronted short sleeved jumper, and only has instructions for one size (fortunately mine). To make it larger or smaller, the instructions were to use bigger or smaller needles:

Close-up of the original jumper

Close-up of the original jumper

I hadn’t appreciated how different vintage knitting patterns are to modern ones, and I found it hard to follow – I had to rewrite the instructions and knit the front three times before I got it right:

Front of the Jumper (after 3 tries!)

Front of the Jumper (after 3 tries!)

But I think it was worth it. Here is the finished result:

Close up of front detail

Close up of front detail

I’ve worn it with linen trousers and received a lot of unsolicited complements. What is surprising is people’s reactions when they find that I knitted it myself. I don’t know if that’s because I don’t look like the knitting type, or because hand knitted garments are so unusual nowadays. What do you think? Have you ever worn clothes you have made yourself in your workplace, what was the reaction?

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Stylish and Warm – Vintage Knits from Wolsey

I am not a fan of moving house. I don’t like the disruption of packing, or the sense of dislocation that comes from not knowing where you have put that vital something that you absolutely have to have this instant. As well as the normal chaos of a new place, I had to leave things in storage until I found a more permanent place, so not only can I not find things in my new home, I’m not even sure if they’re here, or still in a container in Cornwall!

Fortunately, it looks as if phase 2 of the move will be happening shortly and I can look forward to another spell of unpacking.

Of course, one of the nicer things about unpacking is that you never quite know what forgotten things you are going to come across.

I recently found this pretty little advertising booklet in the bottom of a box I’ve had packed for ages.

Wolsey Brochure Cover

Wolsey Brochure Cover

I’m a keen knitter and I’m currently working on a vintage jumper, made with vintage wool to a vintage pattern. More of this in a later post, but until I have something in 3D to show you, have a look at what you could have bought to keep you both fashionable and warm back in the day:

Eden Roc Twopiece

Eden Roc Twopiece

A lovely outfit if you’re tall and slim. I would love to know what the ‘hopsack tricot’ used to make the skirt is – I feel the need for more research.

Paris Plage

Paris Plage

 

Completely impractical for today’s golf course, I am assuming from the title of this outfit that this is a dress for crazy golf and not the full 18 holes!

 

Rubberneck

Rubberneck

A rather unfortunate name for this outfit, but a great hat, and I love the names of the colours for this model. So evocative.

St Tropez

St Tropez

You could quite easily wear this jumper today, it’s refreshingly spring like and would look just as good with jeans as it does with this pencil skirt.

Newmarket

Newmarket

I’m intrigued by this description – how would you use quilting on a knitted suit?

California

California

I love this outfit, and I’d be quite happy to wear it to the office!

Cote d'Or

Cote d’Or

‘Lacy sweaters and cardigans, in down soft wool and angora’ doesn’t it make you want to snuggle up?

Sunningdale

Sunningdale

I love the idea of unshrinkable wool – I certainly haven’t got the knack of that yet.

Longchamps

Longchamps

With today’s fashion for blocks of colour, this outfit would fit right in on the catwalk, particularly with the Chanel-look jacket.