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The quest is underway! I have made 2 jumpers and 2 turbans so far. The jumpers were inspired by 1930’s/1940’s style jumpers – the iconic snug fits, short sleeves and puffy shoulders (see previous post for reference images). I’m very pleased with how well they turned out! I also finished the 1938 matching purse and beret (see here for pattern images). The green of the yarn matches the green of the sweater knit so well – this was entirely a coincidence, but such an awesome one!

1930’srefashioned jumper, crocheted purse and crocheted beret:

Before the refashion!

More info on the making of here!

1940’s refashioned jumper!

Before the refashion...

More info on the making of can be found here!

1940’s turban!


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Refashioned flower brooches!

I made these bad boys aaages ago, but they fit nicely with the refashion theme, so I decided to post them here. I made these flowers by sewing together different fake flower combinations, and then sewing safety pins to the back, so they can be attached to clothing. These were quite fiddly to make but turned out really beautifully. A adorned each one with a lovely vintage button. All of the flowers were found, and all other materials were either vintage or second hand. Woot! I’ve just listed them all on Etsy ­čÖé

I really love these types of projects not only because craft is fun, but because they involve so much recycling!!! I get to collect second hand materials and tear things apart in order to put them back together in new and interesting ways. It’s also great to be able to work with finite fabric dimensions (e.g. when refashioning old pants, coats, t-shirts etc.) to create new pieces. Although it may seem like a limitation, it really is something that allows you to consider alternative ideas…

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The last couple of days have been great for inspiration. Because it’s been such a chilly winter season, I just can’t keep my mind off knits (the fabric kind)! And I really haven’t indulged enough in the making of early 20th century winter fashion. Oh, I’ve sewn plenty of dresses, skirts, blouses and jackets… but crochet and knitting takes so long! And though I do like to try my hand at crocheting 30’s and 40’s hats and bags, anything larger (e.g. tops) usually ends up in the bottom of a bag, and quite (intentionally?) forgotten. Ah time, why isn’t there more of you?! Anyway, being a proud greenie also means I am constantly on the hunt for interesting ways to turn old things into new. So all of this has culminated in my personal WINTER REFASHION QUEST!

Step1: Gather inspiration!

Well, there’s plenty of that to be had, persusing the images available online and in my little collection of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s crochet magazines. I decided to focus on four major areas:

1) blouses and jumpers:

2) coats and capes:

3) hats and headwear:

4) ascots and neckwear:

Step 2: Collect materials.

I decided to go the re-fashion route rather than the make-from-scratch. Having op shops (aka ‘thift stores’) near work helps! For a total of $10 I purchased the following materials:

  • oversized khaki felt ladies jacket (lined) – probably 90’s era, rather unattractive; contains 2 large fabric covered buttons;
  • woolen brown tartan dressing gown (unlined) – comes with lovely twisted braid belt with tassels at each end;
  • large size mauve ribbed long sleeved jumper with boat neckline – fairly lightweight; probably also 90’s era;
  • cream knitted turtleneck jumper – heavy knit; long sleeved;
  • 2 x thick knit green sleeveless turtlenecks – hideous cuts, stretched out of shape; one bright green, the other more khaki green;
  • boys’ hawaiian print shirt – will make a fabulous 40’s/ 50’s bikini.

Step 3: Start the re-fashion!

This is where the fun really begins… Watch this space! 3 refashioned knit-based items now completed!!!

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The 30’s purse is nearly finished!! Woohoo! Just five and a half rows until the end. Then sewing in the lining and attaching to the beautiful 1930’s celluloid purse handles (ivory colour, which goes wonderfully with the dark jungle green of the yarn). Getting flustered just thinking about it! Next will be the hat, and I was also thinking that a matching jabot/ ascot would be a tasteful addition to complete the set (although perhaps also in an ivory/ creamy colour rather than dark green). Here are some pictures I’ve found for inspiration:

I’ve been perusing op shops/ market stall over the last year or so, specifically on the hunt for fabric that could be used for lovely 30’s, 40’s and 50’s numbers. It’s proved to be a fairly successful venture so far, which I am more than just chuffed about. Anyway, I’ve discovered that I’ve collected two types of fabric of similar colouring, which match the dark green of the crochet yarn rather well. Joy!

One is a crepe-like fabric (probably polyester), which is fairly lightweight. I’ve used this sort of fabric before, and it was quite a challenging, mobile weave. I found that a nicely draping style works best, so I will be making a dress that drapes, something along the lines of this:

The second piece of fabric is a lightweight knit, which will be a 1930’s jumper. I was really happy to have found this because crocheting a whole jumper takes so long! Sewing one is a nice prospect, especially since I’ve recently been honing my skills in sewing stretch fabrics and knits. So here are some images for jumper inspiration from the 1930’s (the pattern on the fabric is similar to the second image):

And now all I need is TIME! I’m grateful for the daily morning and afternoon train journeys because it means the crochet gets completed. But the sewing… alas. There are so many sewing projects on my sewing agenda, I don’t know how I’ll get through them all! But one must persevere…

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It’s winter here. It’s so cold.. and to top it off, my body decided to give in about a week ago, and allow the flu to enter its nervous system. How inconvenient! But instead of turning this into┬ácomplainy-ville, I’d like to share some of the lovely things that have come out of a boring week at home.

The method: Crochet.

The materials: Either things I had lying around at home, or second hand bits and pieces (such as buttons).┬á For more detailed descriptions, please have a little looksie at my burdastyle sitezzzz…

1) 1960’s inspired driving gloves:

2) 1930’s Robin Hood hat:

3) Winter neck warmie:

4) Nana square booties:

Coming up next:

Next on the crochet agenda are a 1930’s hat and matching purse:

These lovelies are supposed to be made out of gimp cord, however, since second hand gimp cord is difficult to source (and I only really work with second hand materials), I’m going to be using strong cotton crochet yarn instead, which I have plenty of already (incidentally, I received this as part of a freecycle offer). In dark green. I have already purchased antique purse handles (via etsy) in an ivory colour (which look to be made out of bakelite or some such)… And I can hardly contain my excitement! Aah the life of a craftster…

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