Historical Sew Fortnightly

January 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Over the last year I’ve seen the Historical Sew Fortnightly pop up on a lot of the sewing blogs I follow. Since a big problem with my sewing is motivation, I was glad to see that they’re running the HSF again this year and I’m going to jump in. And since the first project is Make Do and Mend, it’s about time that I do something about the pile of things needing minor repairs that have been sitting around for months, namely two skirts (30s and 40s) with hook and eye problems. It’s funny how long it’s possible to procrastinate on such simple repairs, but there you go.

Also planning to use the remains of a thrifted bedsheet to do a simple cotton blouse from Simplicity 1692 (the lower right one) with rickrack trim scrounged from a friend.



For the Needlewoman

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment



One fun thing about antique patterns is that you can never be completely sure what you’re going to get. Today I’m starting the <a href=”http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59641364> “Pretty Knitted Bag”</a> from The Mail newspaper from 1914. The only yarn suggestion it gives is to use crochet cotton – so, I’m going to use some size 10 crochet cotton in mint green that I’ve had in my stash almost as long as I’ve had a stash. I have absolutely no idea how big this is going to turn out. It’s done in the round, with a 3-needle bind off for the bottom of the bag, and the edging on the top part is done separately and sewn on. Haven’t decided if I’m actually going to do the edging that way or not.

(Also please note the ads on the same page. in particular, hypnosis for disease cure, and Adelaide Ladies: Have You a Joy Belt? I dn’t know what that is, but I sort of want one)

hello all

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Taking a step into blogging… because the world needs another vintage knit/crochet/and so on blog. Maybe more antique than vintage since my time periods of choice tend to be 1910s, 20s, 30s. I’ll probably post things I’m working on, things I’ve learned, patterns and my attempts at translating bizarre old Victorian patterns into something comprehensible. Currently, among other things, I’m working my way through The Crochet Book, by Eléonore Riego de la Branchardière (which has amazingly clear instructions for a book published in 1847).

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