Sorting through my vintage sweaters board on Pinterest, I fell in love with this 1890s knit beauty:
|The Met - sweater - 1895|
Another image floating around in my mind was of Bonnie Parker in her oh-so-30s sweater. The real version is nice:
|The real Bonnie Parker|
Then there's Claudette Colbert's drooly-worthy striped top in "It Happened One Night":
I did everything wrong, and cut everything twice.
|1930s striped jersey blouse with gauntlet sleeves|
- All knits stretch differently - an open sweater knit will stretch more than a tight jersey. You can't use one to pattern the other!
- Various jerseys have different amounts of stretch too, and you have to consider your pattern specifically for your knit.
- My chosen jersey doesn't stretch much on the bias - this was a problem when I cut my chevron stripes.
- Ribbing is quite difficult, but produces amazing results.
I didn't have a pattern for this top, so I made a lot of mistakes, and had to redo both the bodice and the upper sleeves twice. I blew through all two yards of my very wide fabric, but somehow finished without having to go back to the fabric store.
|After math-ing out the first puff sleeve and failing, I draped a leg-o-mutton shape on my armed dress form.|
The neck ribbing was also super-fussy. I had to piece it, and getting it to lay smoothly was a challenge. Braining through making a mitered V neck corner that fits the angle cut on the bodice is pretty tough, too, and I did a lot of seam-ripping at this last step, but was chuffed when I finally got it right.
|The whole outfit - volume on top asks for a slim silhouette below the waist - a '30s skirt is the perfect pairing|
|Finally have some more '30s daywear to pair with the '30s oxfords we did for American Duchess a couple years ago|