Amy Appel from Poison Grrls does it again. Cute, effective, easy, top down, no seams perfection!
This top is part of the retro Pink Ladies Collection. It can be knit in short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve options. This is the long sleeve version and knitted in a Medium size. Honestly, I could have knit the arms a smidge longer and a touch wider... but it's okay!
The yarn is from an Etsy shop called Trichromat Yarns, local Aussie shop, hand dyed, in a colourway called 'Flying Nipples'. It was a gorgeous yarn to work with and excellently priced for something handmade. I absolutely would work with this yarn again. The colour is a stunning apricot/peach/pink that is a dream to wear in my mid century wardrobe! Sadly, the colourway is no longer available. But there are some other inspiration colours for sale.
I had some issues with the needle cable size for the lower arm section. I'm not great with magic loop method and didn't have DPN's in the right size. Drat! I bought a really short cable needle in the 3.25mm and just struggled through - some of the most joyless knitting I've ever done. A change in tension can seen on my right forearm. This is due to that change in needles. The second sleeve was better at that change point as I purposefully knitted at a looser tension.
As usual, I added an extra row in each decrease set of the body to spread them out a bit and extend the length. Good idea. It a comfortable tuck-in-or-out length. Check my Ravelry page if you want some more info about mods etc.
This knit makes me happy.
Top: Beauty School Top by Poison Grrls
Pants: Simplicity 3688 in a chocolate brown mechanical drill
Hair flower: eBay trawling depths
It's finished. It's worn. It's lovely!
This project was finished a while ago, but this is only the second time it has seen daylight. My mum had to figure out the sleeves as I couldn't get them to be nice and puffy. She is a wizard. On a shoulder / sleeve cap related note, I am employing my own shoulders here again.
The stitch of this jumper is squishy and cozy. It was really easy to memorise and knit mindlessly. The sleeves increase dramatically out of nothing and I found them an odd looking shape. It worked out in the end! It's a comfortable long length for my torso as I added an extra inch. Good decision. Much love.
The yarn is a baby yarn I purchased from Lincraft. It was gorgeous and smooth to work with. No splitting. No weirdness. Only a few balls had knots in the yarn. Not too bad.
There are a list of my mods on my Ravelry page. This is a great knit. If you're thinking about casting it on, go ahead!
Jumper: Joan Crawford Jumper from Hollywood Knits
Shirt: Uni Qlo
Pants: Hell Bunny
Shoes: Windsor Smith circa 2010
Hello hello you beautiful 1940s reproduction pattern. What a delight you are!
Welcome to my wardrobe, Simplicity 8736. It is a 1940s blouse with bishop sleeves into a cuff, button back, gathered front shoulders and gathered sleeve heads. I made self-covered buttons for the back and sleeves. They are small and flat so I cannot feel them when I am leaning against something.
This pattern went together really easily, however there are quite a lot of fiddly steps. Gathering here, facings there, folding back facings and interfacing back there, cuffs, button holes, buttons, tucks, darts. You should have some skills up your (bishop) sleeve if you want to sew this one.
Originally, the plan was to finish this on the June 2019 long weekend. I had cut it out, done the darts/tucks to start... and then my partner injured his knee on the Saturday (high grade ACL tear).... I became a full time care giver as he couldn't walk, bend, turn, step over high things, bend knees, reach up, reach low, carry things, pour things, balance. He could walk on crutches but that was about it. No more sewing for me! I also had to call my mum for her birthday while we were waiting in the medical centre! Not the best way to delay a birthday phone call! Most of my day was taken up by helping him hobble off the soccer field, up stairs, into the car, out of the car, into the medical centre, onto a chair, out of a chair. The whole lot. It was a busy weekend but not in the way I anticipated.
Finally, a few weeks ago I stuck in and got it done. Then it sat on my dress form for a while to be admired. Next it moved to my wardrobe waiting for the perfect moment to come out and play. That day is today! It's a lot of fun to wear, it's pretty glamorous and enhances general swanning about. Which is what you do in bishop sleeves. Everyone knows that.
If this pattern is languishing in your stash waiting for time to sew... then just do it! The time you invest is worth it.
Made the straight size 16 - no alterations
Fabric is a rust coloured rayon from Spotlight bought specifically for this project
Self covered buttons from a Spotlight kit, 12mm
Hand stitched down the back facings and neck facing to keep it flat
No shoulder pads installed. I use my own shoulders.
1940s blouse: made by me - Simplicity 8736
My Instagram account has been disabled and deleted. By Instagram.
A few weeks ago, my account was hacked by people in Turkey. I could see they were in Turkey because 'login attempts' tags the location. My profile picture was changed to a blonde lady I do not know, and my bio said "I feel hot tonight... Come fit me in...xoxox" stuff like that. When I got my account back I was following many new accounts which were men in various stages of undress taking classless selfies.
Following all of the IG recommendations to protect the account, I set up 2-factor authentication, changed the password, used a complex password, the whole lot. I was still having little glitchy issues as the hackers had made me follow a lot of dodgy accounts and people. I had cleared most of them out, but a few accounts still popped up. I was constantly tagged by spam accounts that posted in Arabic. I blocked the account and the tagger as soon as they came up.
I changed my profile settings to private and had to approve anyone who followed me. This also helped to weed out some creepies and weirds that seemed linked to the Turkish account hack.
The few posts I had put up since the hacking was some of newly finished knitwear, a beautiful vintage beaded cardigan, my pointe shoes for ballet, and an 80s blouse with killer sleeves. Nothing to write home about, that's for sure.
Last night I was scrolling through my feed, double-tapping cute retro styles, #1940sknitting, my usual stuff, then went to bed. There was nothing peculiar.
After I woke up this morning, I always check my messages, emails, IG and Facebook just for any updates. Helps me wake up a bit so I don't fall back asleep.
Your account has been disabled for violating our terms.
Hmm. Okay. This is weird because at no point did a 2-factor authentication come through, nor email. And I have been asleep all night away from my phone.
I tried logging in on a desktop machine as IG suggested and got user not found. This was with searching my mobile number, email address, user name and full name. I had been deleted. There is no way I can get in touch with IG apart from logging an 'My account has been disabled' check form. Nothing has come from this.
The password cannot be reset because none of my user information can be found. I could not request a download of what had been shared on my account because my user information has been deleted. I no longer exist.
IG was for me a place where I could put information, resources and references for my sewing and knitting projects. I was never political, I was never rude, I only tried to support other people in their sewing, knitting and personal adventures. I've made some great online friends through IG.
I feel sad, and very disappointed. I think that is mainly the feeling of the loss of all that information. It was a way for me to share my passion and hobbies with other likeminded people. I don't know what other steps I could have taken to protect myself.
At this stage, I do not know if I will be back.
Simplicity 2154 has been in my pattern stash for ages but I always found an excuse to not make it. It's a mini capsule wardrobe pattern, 1960s reproduction. There is the bow blouse, a knit cardi, woven jacket and pencil skirt.
While on a break from work for 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year, I was hit with some sewing inspiration. I didn't feel rushed or pressured, but interested. I ended up finishing three new items of clothing. Each one was cut out, sewn and finished in one day.
Even though this blouse is small, it takes up a lot of fabric! The bow, knot, collar, neck binding and arm binding are all cut on the bias which eats up fabric. Not entirely ideal. The blouse itself can basically be made from remnants. But not all the little extra bits. If you were clever, you could use one fabric for the blouse and top collar, something else for the bow and knot, and then standard single fold bias tape for the arm and neck edges. It has the potential to be a stash-busting project.
In my case, it was stash busting. I had an awkward amount of this pretty cheap and flimsy shirting poly left from a UFO project that is languishing in a box somewhere. It was meant to be.
I have ordered some red poplin with which I plan to make another....
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.