• 1940s Knitted Swimsuit, light and dark blue
    Knitting,  Vintage

    I Made a …. 1940s Knitted Swimsuit

    A knitted swimsuit???? That’s right I knitted myself a vintage two piece swimsuit using a vintage knitting pattern from the 1940s. I had to grade the pattern up to get it to fit and swapped out itchy woolen yarn for a more comfortable cotton but I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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  • Vintage Knitting Plans
    Knitting,  Vintage

    My Vintage Knitting Plans for 2021

    If you’ve been following me online for a while, you know that I love to knit vintage knitting patterns. They can be a little trickier than modern knitting patterns but they are a great way to add an authentic vintage feel to an outfit.

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  • Gift Guide for Knitters - Etsy UK

    Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for Knitters – UK


    I am afraid that it is officially that time of year. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas. The music, the food, the Christmas-y smells. But even in my lifetime I have seen Christmas morph into this mass consumerist event where we buy each other stuff we don’t really want or need on a scale that is CATASTROPHIC for our planet and for our greater well-being. Christmas has become stressful, and that is not the way it is meant to be.

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  • Close ups of Vintage Knitting Patterns
    Knitting,  Vintage

    My Vintage Knitting Pattern Wishlist

    I am a huge lover of vintage knitting patterns. I am always on the look out in charity shops to see if I can snag an amazing vintage pattern, sometimes for as little as 10p!

    But sometimes the easiest place to find a specific pattern or style that you want is via Pinterest. In fact I have a whole board of vintage knitting patterns that’s how much I love them. But I can get a little bit overwhelmed and distracted by all the amazing patterns and of course I don’t have time to knit them all.

    So here is my vintage knitting pattern wish list. Hopefully this will give me some focus so I stop getting distracted and actually do some knitting!

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  • Knitting,  Sewing,  Style,  Vintage

    2018 Retro Round Up

    As the end of December approaches, as do my university deadlines, I thought I would make a little round up of my sewing year. I usually take time out of the online world during the Christmas period to enjoy time with friends and family, but before I do enjoy this final post of 2018.

  • Hand knitted gloves close up from Retro Claude

    I Made a … Pair of Hand Knitted Gloves

    Hand knitted gloves are one of life’s little pleasures in my opinion. I’ve never had gloves fit my small hands properly but making them myself has solved this issue completely. Also being able to make them in something as soft and luxurious as the Rowan Fine Silk is a real treat for the hands. 

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  • Knitting,  Vintage

    The Rizzo Blouse – Poison Grrls Test Knit

    I recently had the opportunity to be a test knitter for the latest pattern from Poison Grrls, The Rizzo Blouse. Being a test knitter is something I have always wanted to try, and it was such a pleasure to work with Amy.

    The pattern is GORGEOUS. I love to knit vintage patterns but they can be so crazy. Literally, scratching your head, turning things around. Constant WTF.

    But the Rizzo Blouse is knitted in one piece, top down. No funny yokes, no side ways construction. Yes please.

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  • Knitting,  Vintage

    1940s Joan Crawford Knitted Jumper

    My usual posting, and making, schedule has been interrupted by the arrival of some work. I’ve been working on a local outdoor Shakespeare festival as a wardrobe assistant. So far I’ve mostly been working on Henry V, however this production is set in a WW1 field hospital, making it my 6th WW1 production in 4 years. I’m hoping to update my portfolio with some production shots once they become available but in the mean time enjoy this photo of some of the adorable company I’ve been keeping.