Today’s knitted pattern comes from To Knit and Wear published by Women’s Day in 1950.
There are a bunch of great sweaters in this publication, but I had a hard time justifying posting up sweaters when Spring is so near.
Click the following link to download the free vintage pattern as a pdf: Lacey Sweater Blouse Pattern.
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First of all, lets talk styling. I think it’s really funny that the model looks like she’s having her yearbook photo taken. Also, I’ve slowly been noticing a trend in some vintage knitting magazines that their knit tops are worn sans camisole. From this image, it’s hard to determine if she’s wearing a cami or a bra… but it kind of looks like a bra to me.
What would you guys wear underneath this top? Strapless bra, camisole, a thin-strapped bra?
The lacey yoke on this jumper is lovely and would be very breezy for springtime, which is what drew me to this pattern. But I now have to admit, I think it would be tricky to wear for modest-me. Wearing a cami underneath is not very productive when one is trying to keep cool, but nor do I care for those large straps cutting underneath the pattern. I think the only alternative would be to stitch some nude silk charmeuse underneath, but that would also defeat the purpose of this design.
What do you guys think?
This pattern is multi-sized from bust size 28 to 34. The sizes are on the smaller scale since this pattern is in the young woman section of the magazine. The gauge for the pattern is 8 sts an inch and 11 rows an inch, using a fingering weight yarn. The original would have been made up in a pretty, feminine pink.
I sadly haven’t made much progress on my own ribbed jumper since I last posted about it. I’ve been very focused on my sewing projects in the evening and I’m nose-to-page, reading Pride and Prejudice on my daily commute.
Hope you have a great weekend!