A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday, and as I always do, I asked for books. One I requested in particular was Lisa Comfort's new book Sew Over It Vintage, and I also received an actual vintage book called Practical Knitting Illustrated, that my mum picked up in someone's garage sale for 50p.
If there's one thing I love, its old books. I love the musty smell, the yellowing pages, and the feel of the old paper. I'm not sure how old this book is, as there's no publishers date I can find anywhere. I'd guess at 1950's from the style of the patterns, and it's still in pretty good condition. The 50's is probably my favourite era of fashion, or at least the one that suits me best, so there's lots of patterns in here I'd love to try out. I like the look of the Striped Jumper, and also the Classic Jersey.
A great style that would pair well with a Hollyburn skirt, or maybe a 50's skirt from Sew Over It Vintage?! I'm planning to make one of these my first autumn project after all my summer holidays are over, and hopefully it will be the first knitted item of clothing I actually finish!
I read the reviews of Sew Over It Vintage over at Did You Make That? Handmade Jane, House of Pinheiro etc, and decided it was worth asking for, as it has a range of vintage styles included. I like the fact it asks you to draft your own pattern, as this is something I'd like to do more of. There are quite a few 1920's and 1950's patterns which is great for me, both era's of fashion I love (can you tell my two box sets on the go are Mad Men and Downton?!) but fans of later era vintage such as the 70's and 80's might be disappointed.
I think I will get quite a lot of use out of this book as there are at least 4 or 5 things I wanted to make straight away. My favourites are the 1920's Anita Tie Top, 1950's capelet and pleated skirt.
And here's some other books I was given... looking forward to my holiday reading.
Do you have a vintage sewing or knitting book you've used for authentic patterns?