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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Patterns of my life


Like other persons of the 50ish generation, I am increasingly surprised (and at times mildly alarmed) to find sewing patterns I remember from the 70s and 80s now classified amongst the "vintage" wares - the 70s smock tunic and the 80s jumpsuit above being examples!  Don't they say something about not wearing a style if you wore it first time round?, but I am becoming more and more drawn to the fashion of my youth .... Yesterday I had a good browse through the pattern catalogues in John Lewis and was flabbergasted to see a standard pattern retailing at £8 plus. Oh well, I'll have to keep discovering my patterns in thrift stores and online, or of course maybe try to draft some more of my own patterns - which I love trying but can be time consuming. 

Yesterday evening I spent a couple of happy hours looking through the batch of 1940s Workbasket magazines I bought online just before Christmas.  I am surprised how many crochet patterns they contain, and although my brief flirtation with learning to crochet hit a bit of a stumbling block when I realised increasing and decreasing was beyond me (I know, I know ...), I am tempted to try again.  The Workbasket magazines have some lovely knitting too, and of course my favourite, some lovely vintage needlecraft projects.  Thought I would share this knitted rug pattern with you as I had already scanned it - will share more with you soon.