1930s Hand Knitted Jumper – Made by Kate-Em
1930s Feedsack Skirt – Shepton Mallet Flea Market
White 1940s Style Shoes – Miss L Fire
Bright Pink Straw Handbag – Marks & Spencer
Turquoise Drop Earrings – Made by Me
Before I learnt how to crochet last year I was still rather obsessed with vintage knitwear. However, as I couldn’t knit or crochet I relied entirely on other people making these pretty little garments for me. Initially one of my mum’s friends produced several pieces for me, including my most favourite winter jumper. However, she had to give up knitting due to a shoulder injury, so no more pretties could be made.
This led me to seeking other sources to make my knitwear. The lovely Mim patiently knitted a stunning 1930s style Fair Isle pullover/tank top (whatever you want to call it!), which I absolutely love and which keeps me warm in those too-cold-to-go-with-just-a-blouse-on days. However, the second I bought this amazing original 1930s feedsack skirt I knew I needed a cute little 1930s jumper to go with it. Who could I turn to? The wonderful Kate-Em of course!
I’ve avidly followed Kate-Em’s wool exploits on both her blog and Instagram for a few years now and I’m happy to count her amongst my wonderful online friends. (We really must meet up in real life at some point!). Like Mim, Kate-Em is an incredibly talented knitter and some of the designs she chooses to do really are mind-boggling. I knew she’d be perfect for the job as she shares my love of 1930s knitwear and has an extensive collection of vintage patterns.
I had several requirements for the jumper, I wanted it to have short sleeves, to be fairly lightweight for the warmer months and it had to match the turquoisey-blue flowers in the skirt. After much discussion Kate-Em sent me pictures of the patterns she had that fitted the bill. There were so many lovely ones that it was very had to choose but eventually I settled on this beautiful tennis jumper.
Now all I needed to do was find the perfectly matching yarn! After much discussion with Kate-Em (as I literally had no knowledge of yarn weights, fibres and etc) I finally chose Rowan Panama, a cotton/linen/viscose blend, in cornflower and daisy. I bought one more ball of the cornflower yarn than she specified to make sure she had enough as it was being discontinued or was out of stock on most of the websites I went on. In the end another ball was quickly purchased when it looked like she was running out!
I’m so grateful for all the work Kate-Em put into it and for all of the invaluable advice she gave me about yarns. It really did give me good grounding for my own crochet and I now feel confident when choosing what I need for each project.
I absolutely love how the jumper turned out. The colours match perfectly and the shape of it and the feel of the yarn is so 1930s. It’s got a good weight to it but it is still light enough to wear on the hotter days, like the one when we took these photos.
The little bow was actually crocheted by me. I had expressed that I needed something to break up the neckline because round necks don’t always suit me. Kate-Em kindly knitted a long strip of the daisy coloured yarn for me to have a play with but in the end a longer bow just didn’t suit the style. As I had been to my crochet workshop by then, and there was a tiny amount of the yarn left, I decided to make a smaller cute version.
I can’t finish off before talking about the authentic 1930s feedsack skirt. I bought this at my favourite flea market held at The Bath & West Showground and it cost me just £15! I really don’t think the seller knew what she had here and had marked it low because the waist is quite small. I can only comfortably wear it with a girdle on that sucks in my middle area!
When I spotted it on her rails I did that intrepid approach towards it, not really believing what I was seeing. I pulled it off the hanger and slipped it over what I was wearing. I immediately convinced myself that I could make it fit, despite not being able to quite do the poppers up on the waistband, as there was no way I was leaving this behind. I then quickly went and paid without saying a word!
When I got home I took all of the poppers off the opening to reposition them slightly and underneath a couple of them were the tell-tale signs of it once being a feedsack, little neat holes that were originally part of the stitching line of the sack’s closure. I’m sure you can imagine what my little happy dance was like!
I absolutely adore this skirt and will treasure it for many, many years to come. It’s in immaculate condition and fits me so well (with a girdle of course!) and the print is just so incredible. Coincidentally, i.e. not planned in the slightest, my pink 1930s crochet jumper goes perfectly with this skirt too. Yay!