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.