I thought I would begin with the oldest patterns which are those from A Stitch in Time, Vol 1. We first published this book back in November 2008.
Unsure of what interest there would be for the title we actually produced the first 500 of these books ourselves - when I say ourselves, I of course mean Gavin. On an entry level commercial digital press a maximum of 30 books a day would be printed out and then each evening Gavin would go down into the cellar and bind each of these books on a professional book binder we had bought. We really didn't anticipate the response the book would receive and it soon became clear that we would not be able to keep up with demand. We took the decision to have the book printed by a book printer and the rest as they, is history.
Probably due to the fact that the book has been available for over 4 years, a wide variety of patterns have been chosen as favourites. In fact, 25 of the 59 designs in the book have been picked out as at least one person's absolute favourite of all my patterns.
This first group of designs all scored one vote each and here they are:
|Young and Pretty modelled by the glamorous and beautiful Fleure de Guerre, who among many other things writes the highly successful blog, Diary of a Vintage Girl. This is a late 1940s jumper knitted in|
ribbing and worn with negative ease to get that figure hugging look. The sleeves are gathered up at the top
to create these fabulous puff sleeves. A fairly simple garment to knit, it just requires a little patience at the sewing up stage when the frill is being attached. Fleur and I will be appearing on TV screens together later in the year but more on that another time!
|The new cowl neckline is from 1932 and is knitted in very fine yarn on a large needle to create a very light and airy|
effect. I used Kusaki Zome silk from Habu Textiles to achieve this effect. This garment has been a real favourite with knitters in warmer climes. It features the ever-elegant Theodora Burrow as the model looking every inch the 1930s film star on a trans-atlantic cruise! Theodora is of course, a member of the amazing Shellac Sisters.
This Dashing Little Swim-suit from 1938 is one of three swimsuits in the book all modelled by a now famous lingerie model and burlesque artist, Miss Miranda. The 1938 original of this swimsuit was knitted in Golden Eagle "Seawul" a 4ply weight pure wool designed specifically for swimwear. The swimsuit consists of an all in one costume with a daring halter neck revealing a bare back and built in shorts. The skirt is knitted separately and is worn over the costume supported by a purchased belt.
|You can see the incredibly daring back of the garment in this image. The top of the costume is very well constructed giving a contoured shape. This swimsuit will be getting a re-visit when I get back to work on the Swimsuit Project in the summer.|