I have been knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting lately. Well, also sewing a lot. But I knit to relax and I find the process very soothing. It slows me down and gives me time to think and organize my thoughts.
Here is a jumper from 1945 I just finished.
As you can see, the original pattern (free! click here) suggests 3 colours but I found the lace pattern so interesting that I opted to only use a blue alpaca wool.
The original pattern is for a house coat and didn't call for lining or interfacing, i.e. I had to draft those pattern pieces myself. I also aded fusible interlining and chose larger buttons. I used a dusty pink wool with a bright fuchsia lining and vintage plastic buttons. All in all, it was a pretty easy coat to make, especially since it's a raglan sleeve coat (no sleeves to ease in) without a collar. My only problem is that the weather here in Toronto is way to warm! I can't believe I'm saying this but if it was only 4-5 degrees cooler this coat would do the trick!
I recently discovered a lack of tops, skirts and blouses in my wardrobe. Well not really... but I wanted to take a break from the dress and skirt making. This thing is from a 1950s pattern and it came out pretty well. Best of all, I didn't have to alter the pattern!