Monday, February 6, 2012

For your viewing pleasure some retro patterns and Stitchcraft magazines

 Hi, I hope you are all having a good week.  We had a National Holiday on Monday - Waitangi Day - so it is just a short work week YAY.  

I managed to finish my Klipper robe/ Dressing Gown refashion and wore it to work today.  Sorry forgot to take photo and its really windy and unpleasant and would be impossible to take decent photo.  

As promised here are some gratuitous photos of the patterns and magazines I bought in the weekend.  

 I know that these tiered skirts could be made without a pattern, but, I thought it could also double for a petticoat pattern, and that way I would be getting two for one.

Both of these dress patterns appealed to me - the top one for the keyhole neckline and the bottom one for the Peter Pan collar.  While I was rummaging through the patterns at Restore I had a lovely conversation with a lady who was also looking for patterns.  One of the things I like about thrifting is meeting other like-minded shoppers!

This English Women's weekly is as old as I am.  I remember reading these when I was staying with my Nana.  I particularly remember the letters section - where I learnt quite a lot actually - and the fiction.  I had no interest in sewing, knitting and crochet, although I was taught all those things.  

 Just look at this amazing suit - imagine how many hours of work went into creating this!

 Isn't this yellow dress fabulous??  Not enough women wear yellow I think, perhaps because we worry about it making our skin look bad.  I remember when my family emigrated to NZ when I was about 12 we had a stop over in Singapore and my sister and I both had yellow outfits - in cotton, trousers and tops.  Ofcourse, when I wore mine to mufti (civvies) day at school I got thoroughly teased and from then on hated yellow.  Silly I know, but that was the way I was when I was young.  

 Seeing all the cold weather in the United Kingdom and the US on the news makes me wonder how my readers are getting on in those icy conditions.  I do hope you are all keeping warm and cosy.  

I had never imagined knitted or crocheted trousers until I read Stitchcraft.  Why would you want to do it?  Surely it would be very hot and itchy (if you used real wool).

Then I saw this outfit, I thought, "Vix could wear something like this and look fabulous".  

For those who like the idea of matching clothes for mothers and children (my daughter would not let this happen!) there is this vision of loveliness:  

 Lastly, for those who like his and hers matching outfits here is a jacket you can both wear!

Hope you all have a fabulous week.


  1. I do love vintage patterns and magazines and I'd love a pair of crochet trousers! It's freezing here, more snow and icy conditions for the rest of the I envy you. x

  2. May have cried a tear of happiness over the crochet pants.

  3. I love old patterns/craft magazine - especially anything involving crochet or macrame!

  4. A thrift-aholic AND over forty. Lady you are right up my alley. I've added you to the blogroll. Hello! -Bella Q the Citizen Rosebud

  5. I always have a little rummage through the pattern box in charity shops, though I can't knit or crochet! I love the photos, and I am on the lookout for EASY patterns as I'm going to try my hand at sewing (after not doing any for, errrr - 30 years!)
    The family/couple/matching outfits always make me smile!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog, nice to have found you! xxxx


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