1930s Christmas Jumper – Made by Betty Sparkle’s Vintage Knitwear
1930s Red Beret – Made by Me
1930s Grey Wool Skirt – Made by Me
Black Lace-up Knee High Boots – eBay
Red Drop Earrings – Made by Me
This outfit, which I wore on Christmas day, is pretty much the style I’ve lived in over the winter. A cute 1930s jumper and skirt, a matching beret and lace-up boots have become my uniform, but this is definitely my favourite.
The jumper was beautifully knitted for me by the wonderfully talented Amanda at Betty Sparkle’s Vintage Knitwear. I’d wanted a stylish 1930s alternative to the god-awful novelty Christmas jumpers that everyone seems to love wearing over the festive period and, when I spotted the pattern for this on Etsy, I just knew it was the perfect one. It was originally from the September 1933 edition of Stitchcraft magazine and was proudly shown on the cover in exactly these colours. It was just what I was after.
I bought my pattern from Pamoolah Vintage as a PDF for just £3.60 and quickly forwarded it to Amanda. She came back straight away with yarn suggestions and I headed online. The one she particularly loves working with, Cascade 220 Fingering, amazingly did a colour called Christmas Red. It was like fate!
The 1930s style crochet beret I made myself in Cascade 220, which is an Aran weight, and is in exactly the same Christmas Red. I embellished it with the same buttons that I used on the skirt to really tie the whole ensemble together. The pattern I used was from a project I have been working on with Kristen from Verity Vintage Studio, but I will wait until my next post to tell you all about that.
The original jumper pattern had quite tiny pompoms on the ends of the neck tie, but unbeknownst to me at the time, Amanda decided to make much bigger ones. When they jumper arrived I squealed rather a lot at the size of them, because I looooove pompoms. I even had a pompom Christmas back in 2016!
The sleeves are rather unusual as the bodice part is created with magyar (grown on) sleeves down to the top of the arm and then the sleeve is attached to the end. This means there’s no awkward armhole shape to easy the sleeve head into, but rather an opening that is the same length on both. I’ve seen this in a few 1930s sewing patterns as well and it’s typical of its time where they made garments look complicated but were actually easy to construct.
The skirt was made from a flecked grey wool I’d had in my stash for many years. In fact, I remember making a pair of wide leg trousers out of it back in the late 90s. I used my old faithful 1930s Simplicity pattern as a basis and then created my own little pocket. I’m a little bit obsessed with top-stitching at the moment, so I decided to add five rows to the pocket and one to the tab for interest. Expect to see more top-stitching in the future because I’ve just invested in a rather nifty sewing foot that helps to keep the lines straight.
Along with my 1930s winter coat, the boots you can see in the first image have been one of the best purchases I’ve made just recently. I’ve been after a pair of knee high lace-up boots for so, so long and I found a beautiful brown pair for £14 on eBay back in November. They have a great 1930s look but have slightly higher heels than what would’ve been worn back then. It didn’t bother me though, because at 5ft 3″ any extra height is a bonus.
Then just before Christmas I came across another pair on eBay, this time in black. (They’re like buses, aren’t they?) When I looked at the listing I realised that they were exactly the same boots as my brown one, exactly the same size and from exactly the same shop. Of course, I pounced immediately and on the Saturday before Christmas Day they arrived. I have lived in both pairs ever since as they keep me so toasty and warm.