Here is the next issue in my collection, but first some exciting news! I’ve been along to the British Library to ask them if I can have access to their archive of knitting magazines, and they not only said yes, but also I can share anything out of copyright on this blog! They have scanners in their reading rooms, so for a small fee I can scan directly onto a memory stick. Go British Museum! If I could snog an institution, this is the one I’d choose. I can also access most of the fashion magazines of the 20th Century and I’m planning to do a bit of nostalgic 90’s Just 17 scanning, which I’ll pop onto a Tumblr site.
Now, on with this issue of Stitchcraft:
I love the bow necked short sleeved jumper on the front (for a 32-34 inch bust). I have at least three sewing patterns for this style of top, which I’ve been meaning to make for oh, at least two years now.
Page 2 and 3 are all about an oriental cushion pattern, then we get the jumper from the cover and it’s matching cardigan. Then a jumper in an unusual leafy stitch ” For a Buxom Teenager” (33-35 inch bust), a canary coloured waistcoat aka “a vest” if you are American (33-35 inch bust), a “gaily striped holiday jumper” (33-35 inch bust), two sleeveless pullovers for a boy of eight (check out the hammers the models are using). Page 11 has a lovely little girls dress with smocking, followed by two make do and mend belts to cheer up an old dress. Page 17 has an interesting advert trying to attract women back into the WAAF (Women’s Auxilary Air Service) even though the war was over, with enticing promises of leave, cash, better uniforms and in the pictures ballroom dancing with handsome air men.