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« on: March 30, 2011 12:12:09 PM »

So my boyfriend and I do WWII re-enacting, and from there we branched off to re-enacted scenes from old Los Angeles. My need for civilian clothes, as well as my slightly taller than average body and my slightly thicker-than-depression-era-women-ever-got figure, I've found it's just best to make my own vintage clothes! So voila! My 1940's era sweater!



I went two places in it--Disney's California Adventure, which is vintaging itself as we speak, and a railroad museum that has many a PE Red Car (which was LA's old mass transit system, and was the best in the world for YEARS. Then someone came up with the brilliant idea to convert to buses. Now we have traffic jams.). That picture is on an old Red Car.

I got the pattern offline from a site that has tons of vintage patterns absolutely free (http://www.vintagepurls.co.nz/), but had to rework the fair isle pattern since I used larger yarn and larger needles. But I think the biggest thing I learned is to move my buttonholes an inch over, so I avoid that pucker that plagued me the entire night. Each craft is a learning experience!

So to sum this all up (cuz I'm posting it at work and trying not to get caught, gotta rush this one!), here I am at CA Adventure, getting weird looks from people cuz I was about 70 years out of style... but they were wearing Mickey Ears on their heads, hypocrites...



Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011 12:39:24 PM »

The sweater looks great, and you do, too! I love the hair and the whole ensemble. Did you make the slacks, as well?

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011 12:54:13 PM »

This is so cool. First of all your clothes are fantastic, I seriously want a pair of those pants! You've got serious knitting skills. Love the locale in the photos, too Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011 01:01:32 PM »

In response to both of you lovely ladies,
1) Thank you so much!
2) Yep! I made the pants myself, and it was really simple. Just 4 cuts of long, wide legs sewn together with a side zipper and a waist band. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011 02:00:38 PM »

Fantastic! I love it (and I would take that over unoriginal Mickey Mouse ears any day, t-hank-you-very-much!)  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011 02:27:34 PM »

Wonderful.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011 03:54:19 PM »

i love your sweater!
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011 07:16:47 PM »

This is great! I love that you used a vintage-style background to show off your 1940s era clothing. The sweater is so cool!
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011 07:40:55 PM »

This is great! I love that you used a vintage-style background to show off your 1940s era clothing. The sweater is so cool!

The boyfriend, upon reading this, loves that you recognize his efforts and thanks you for your kind words, Bastet! Cheesy He goes out of his way to do those shots.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011 08:26:37 AM »

Style schmyle, I think this outfit looks great: comfortable and still smart. Also, I'd have thought that the colourwork was fairly up to date - Scandinavian style motifs seem to be pretty in here at the moment anyhow so plenty of people in the UK would probably envy the cardi at least!
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