Yes folks, it’s that time of year again where I figure out all of the gorgeous vintagey projects I want to do throughout the forthcoming months. As there are so many of them, I’ve decided to treat this as a kind of brain dump of the things I really want to focus on in 2018. It will probably seem like a lot, and there’s no way I’ll get them all done, but it’s more about having a reference point I can keep going back to when I’m not sure what to tackle next. (Sorry, this is going to be a long one!)
So, what goodies are in the plan?
Despite it already being February, I actually haven’t done any real sewing yet this year. However, to ease me in, I am starting with this gorgeous Grevillea Beret, which was created by my lovely and talented friend Tanith Rowan. I love it because it reminds of a 1920s tam, a cute oversized beret style hat that was often worn low on the forehead.
I’m making mine in a navy velvet I’ve had in my stash for many years. The lining is then being created from left over scraps of white and blue polka dot silk from my leg o’mutton sleeve blouse. I’ve done the main bulk of it, but I’m waiting for the self cover buttons to arrive before I go any further.
And talking of my leg o’mutton sleeve blouse, I am finally getting around to making a dress from the pattern I used for it. This has been in my to-do list for over two years, so now it’s time to get it done. I will be making it in this deep pink vintage rayon and will add white buttons, once I’ve found some. I think this will be a lovely in-between season dress that can be worn for just about any occasion.
I also have this beautiful 1930s dress planned, which is from a pattern the gorgeous Kitty Lou very kindly traced for me. The fabric is a Liberty lawn cotton called King’s Meadow. In 2016 it was created by Liberty of London exclusively for Remnant Kings 70th anniversary and is a recoloured version of an original 1940s Liberty print.
I have an original 1930s collar that I’m going to use on this dress instead of making the one in the image. It’s a removable one, so the neckline of the dress will probably be finished as a round neck. I can’t wait to make those puffy sleeves though!
Looking ahead to the summer, I am currently planning a holiday in the sun in early September. It’s not 100% confirmed where it’ll be but, wherever it is, it’ll be hot. I’m seriously craving vitamin D right now!! So, with that in mind, I am thinking beach pyjamas. I mean, what else would a 1930s gal wear on such holidays?
These two beauties are featured in the Record Fashions magazine I featured on the blog a few months ago. Since purchasing that magazine, I came across the Austrian version of the exact same magazine from July 1938. And not only that, it had the enormous pattern sheet (bigger than A1) still included, which you can see below. Of course, I snapped it up straight away!
The pattern for the beautiful pink beach pyjamas in the image above are included in all those thousands of lines. And these are the different pattern pieces I need to pick out and trace off. Thankfully, it is easier than it looks! I will, however, get the big sheet carefully photocopied before I go ahead and do anything, because it is quite fragile.
I’m also planning to make a couple of hot-weather-friendly tops to mix and match with my skirts. I was thinking along the lines of the top half of both of these dresses, which are also included on the pattern sheet. As I have a sizeable chest area, I do always need to wear a bra and I think I could just about get away with wearing one with these two. I’d also love to crochet a lightweight vest top but, when you get to my crocheting list below, you’ll see why I’m not committing to it here.
Heading into winter I am absolutely determined to finally make my own version of the 1930s suit that was featured in the Fashion & Textile Museum Jazz Age exhibition. I think that’s going to be a bit of theme with my sewing this year, to finally get on with the projects I’ve been putting off for some time.
This suit will hopefully be made in a vintage purple houndstooth wool fabric that I picked up a couple of years ago. I say hopefully because it’s it’s going to be a tight squeeze to get it out of the length that I have. I can, of course, play with the length of both the skirt and jacket to try and get it to fit.
I also have a couple of winter skirts that I want to make using wool fabric I already have. Thankfully, these can be done over a free weekend as they’re pretty simple designs, but they’ll be the sort of wardrobe staple I love to have for work. They’re also great for mixing and matching with my blouses and jumpers to stop myself getting bored with my clothes.
There are literally thousands of crocheting projects I want to do, but I think I’ve whittled it down to a more manageable list for 2018. Quite how many I’ll get done remains to be seen, especially as two of them are quite big projects.
My first project, which I started on the 3rd of January, is very nearly completed. I have crocheted the front, back and both sleeves and have sewn them all together. It’s in a dark brown as the main colour with ivory detailing, which looks gorgeous together, almost like white and milk chocolate.
However, the waistband is knitted and, after attempting to do it for myself for a whole two hours and getting nowhere, my mum offered to quickly do it for me. She pretty much did it in a hour or two! I’m now waiting to pick it up from her at the weekend, so I can get the jumper all done and wear it before the weather starts getting too warm.
The next project is also underway and it’s this stunning checked jumper with a huge bow. When I first spotted this pattern on Subversive Femme’s Etsy shop I actually thought it was knitted, so I was so happy to find out it was actually crocheted. And believe it or not, it’s actually really simple to do. I’m not looking forward to weaving in all the ends though!
I decided to make this in what I would call deep royal blue and red, which were inspired by the colours in the first jumper on this Free Knitting Patterns page on the The Sunny Stitcher blog. The bow will be in red and I was thinking the waistband and arm cuffs would be done in the blue. However, I’ve started the first row at the bottom of the front using the blue, so I’m not sure it will look right next to a blue waistband. I’ve gone too far to rip it back and start again with the red, so I’m just going to wait and see how I feel once the front and back are complete.
Once the checked one is complete I will be going back to my peach cardigan. I had to take a break from this back in the autumn of last year because it is a very fiddly pattern to do. It’s not complicated at all, it’s just that it’s crocheted in fine cotton thread with a tiny hook and every little knot is created using six different stitches. As a result every row takes me about 15 – 20 minutes to complete.
I’ve completed about 90% of the main bodice section, which is all done in one piece. So, once that’s done, it’s just two sleeves, the collar and the waistband to do. Therefore, I’m hoping this will be done by the end of May.
After that one’s all done I’m going to need a quick and easy project to do and this cute but simple cardigan will be the perfect antidote. It’s created in a 4 ply merino wool and I’m on the hunt for a lovely navy to do it in. I may just need my mum’s help again to do the waistband and cuffs as, once again, they’re knitted. Why can’t I get my head around knitting?!
Another thing I want to make in preparation for my late summer holiday is a pair of crocheted sandals. I was so inspired by Jess’s (Duchess of Hutch) pair that she made last year in green and cream. They really are wonderful, I’m so impressed with them. However, one thing Jess said about hers was that the heel part stretched quite a lot when walking, which meant the sole kept slapping against her foot like flip flops. So, when I spotted the pattern below, I knew the bottom pair would be a better choice as the heel strap is more fixed.
At the moment I have no idea what colours to make them in, but I want to add wedge soles to them for a bit of height. I’ve found a really lovely cork pair which aren’t too high that will be perfect, but they’re quite costly. I just need to weigh up the benefit of added height compared to a cheaper flat pair.
My last one before it gets cold again will be another simple but cute jumper. This one was originally made in angora, but to create the fluffiness I will probably go for mohair. The pattern actually suggests several colour options, green with brown ribbon, plum with grey or turquoise with black. Personally, I love the sound of plum with a grey ribbon, so this is likely to be my choice. Although it could all change by the time I get to do it!
My plans for next winter are focused on two crocheted suits, which I just know will take me forever to do. It’s slightly daunting and I may need to break them up with an easy project (or two) for my own sanity. The one above has long been a firm favourite of mine, although I have no idea what colours I’d do it in. The pattern suggests blue and white, but I want to crochet a dress in those colours at some point, so would go for something else. Any suggestions?
This one I’ve mentioned before on the blog, exactly a year ago to be precise, when making plans for 2017. I fell in love with this crochet ensemble when watching the brilliant Bonnie & Clyde TV series and I’m still determined to make it. I have a pattern I can use as a base and, with some slight adjustments, I’m sure I can make it work. I want to crochet the matching hat and scarf too, just to really finish it off. The only problem is making sure I have enough yarn as this one will be more about guess work.
So, that’s it. And yes, it’s a massive list, and I know it won’t all get done, but I will try my hardest to not deviate from it too much. I have a tendency to do that when I plan anything, so hopefully by having this list will keep me more focused.