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Today’s pattern comes from Stitchcraft Magazine March 1941 – a perfect WWII vest, for the services or homefront. While the larger size says it’s for men, it would be perfect for the curvier woman too. To fit: 32-24, and 36-38″ chests Yarn: Light fingering for the smaller, 4-ply fingering for the larger Needles: UK 10 +11, or 9+8, metric 3mm + 3.25mm or 3.75mm + 4mm

The post Curvy Month Pattern 6: Homefront waistcoats, c. 1941 appeared first on Subversive Femme.

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Today’s vintage knitting pattern is a be-jewelled cardigan from Vogue Knitting Book No. 44 (Spring 1954). I think dolman (or batwing) sleeves are really classic, and this cardigan is spiced up by beading and sequins around the neckline. Sizes: 32, 34, 36 and 38″ bust Yarn: Fingering weight Needles: UK 14 and 12, metric 2mm and 2.75mm

The post Curvy Month Pattern 5: After Dark Cardigan, c. 1954 appeared first on Subversive Femme.

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Today’s free vintage knitting pattern is Barbara, from Patons Specialty Knitting Book No. 160, published in 1942. I really love the simplicity and style of this design – the subtle shoulder detail and pockets make this a very wearable knit. Did I mention it’s a chunky yarn? Size: 38″ bust Yarn: Patons Bonny (Bulky/12ply weight) Needles: UK 4, metric 6mm

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Today’s free vintage knitting pattern is a gorgeous harlequin patterned sheath from Smart Knitting and Needlecraft, 4th Edition c. 1948. It comes in a range of sizes, but would be easy to enlarge by just adding stitches to the side seam. Sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18 (32, 34, 36 and 38″ busts) Yarn: Fingering weight Needles: US 2, metric 2.75mm

The post Curvy Month Pattern 3: Harlequin Dress, c. 1948 appeared first on Subversive Femme.

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Today’s pattern is another lovely one from Vogue, this time Vogue Knitting 34 (circa late 40s). I really adore the way the star design is split over the yoke in two colours – it would look super in light tan and dark green, even white and navy. Sizes: 32, 34, 36 and 38″ busts Yarn: Fingering weight (shetland recommended) Needles: UK 9 and 12 = metric 3.75mm and 2.75mm

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Welcome to Curvy Month for 2019, a month of free vintage knitting patterns in sizes larger than 32-34″! Today’s pattern comes from Vogue-Knit 96, which was probably published around 1949. It’s for a delightful sweater, with a detailed yoke pattern and pert collar. I’m slightly obsessed with these late 40’s jumpers that feature rib or garter designs. I have a few in my own personal collection – they’re so stylish and easy to wear. I hope you like this one too! To fit: 34, 36 and 38″ busts Yarn: fingering weight Needles: UK 11 and 13 (3mm and  2.25mm)

The post Curvy Month Pattern 1: Blouse with Ribbed Yoke from Vogue c. late 1940s appeared first on Subversive Femme.

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I don’t mean to brag – but this knit was a personal best! 3.5 weeks from start to finish, in a 4ply yarn, with long sleeves. Crazy! I’m a massive dolman/bat-wing sleeve fan – they’re comfortable, fun to wear and have that perfect vintage look (being popular from the 1930s to present day). The pattern is Marriners No. 69, from around 1950 I believe. While I adore my finished jumper, I don’t really think it looks much like the pattern image – here’s me with my arms raised. But I still love it! The white stripes are actually ribbing, which you press flat to provide textured contrast. Yarn: Knitpicks Palette in Grass(5 balls) and White (1.5 balls) Needles: 3mm Size: 38-40 (zero ease) As for Mods, I only did a couple: Did 3 inches of ribbing at the wrist instead of 5 Cast off two extra stitches at the neck to drop the neckline slightly (probably won’t need to do this next time) Lengthened the body by 12 sts (6 sts front and back) Only did 4 inches of ribbing on the waist instead of 5 Overall – I’m really pleased with it. I’m definitely making another, but doing some […]

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That’s right – Curvy Month is back for 2019! A month dedicated to celebrating knitting patterns in sizes larger than vintage standard (32-34″ busts). Keep your eyes peeled as I have ten lovely free vintage patterns to share for your knitting pleasure…

The post Coming on 1 July – Curvy Month is back! appeared first on Subversive Femme.

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Late last year I was lucky enough to get my hands on some original vintage Mary Maxim knitting patterns and set out to make Jakk and I matching novelty cardigans! The first cardigan off the needles was the Mary Maxim Bison cardigan for Jakk. I used Knitpicks Swish DK and it’s definitely lovely to knit with (a little bit pilly but I’ll live with it). The colours are Bark, Camel Heather and White. I’m really happy with how this one came out and Jakk loves it! In all it took about 6 weeks from start to finish. My novelty cardigan was the Mary Maxim Seahorses pattern: For mine, I originally wanted the cover model with no pockets and a zip closure – but do you know how hard it is to find a matching zip? In the end I went with buttons but it still makes me grumpy that I couldn’t make exactly what I wanted. I used Knitpicks Swish (again) for this cardigan – the colours are Green Tea Heather, Bark and White. I can’t believe how much harder this one was to knit compared to Jakk’s bison cardigan. At one stage I had 12 bobbins of yarn to […]

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Viva Las Vegas 2019 is not far off, which means I’m madly running around sewing outfits to bring. Every year I try and make something off my sewing ‘bucket list’, so this year I tried my hand at a 1950’s denim western skirt – just like this one from FabGabs on Etsy. My version was based off Vogue 7848, a very boring princess seamed dress but the skirt portion had the seam lines I needed to replicate the design. I used some circular 4-prong studs as decoration across the pocket tops to replicate the studs on the original version. The seams are all topstitched with white thread as well. The denim was basic non-stretch denim from Lincraft, and I added a metal zipper on the side seam. The fringe was faux-suede trip that I bought on Etsy. Overall, I’m really happy with how it came out – I just wish I had extra denim to make a matching vest. Well, hopefully I get to see some of you at Viva shortly – please do come say hi if you see me out and about! xxx

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