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Free Pattern: 1940s Yoked Slip-On Sweater

free 1940s knitting pattern spiderweb inspired yoke sweater from Va-Voom Vintage

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Today I have a fabulous late 1940s sweater that I think looks a little like a spider web, don't you? I think it would be perfect in black with white or chartreuse yoke for Halloween.

This 1949 sweater comes in 12, 14 and 16 but if you need help resizing, check the vintage knitting resources at the bottom of this post.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my Free Patterns page and follow along on Instagram for updates on my latest free patterns.











vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Swim Suits and Sun Dresses from 1955 American Girl Magazine



In May I shared a look inside this American Girl Magazine from 1955. There were so many other adorable vintage swim suits and sun dresses, I wanted to share the rest! I love the ruffled and ruching on these swim suits. What do you think?  The cute outdoor fashions at the bottom have me wanting to try shorts again soon.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other vintage magazine scans for more beauty and fashion magazines.







Free Pattern: 1955 tweed pencil dress and bulky jacket

free 1950s knitted dress and cardigan pattern from Va-Voom Vintage



With the heat of summer in full swing, knitting may sound a little crazy but this curve-hugging sleeveless dress is perfect for the office or a movie date in the dark, cold air conditioning with this sweet little bulky cardigan to keep the chill off your shoulders.

The jacket has a large collar, ribbed sleeve cuffs and 6 over-sized buttons.

This 1955 ensemble is in blocked bust size of 34-38 inches and the blocked jacket is 35-39 inches. If you need help resizing this pattern, check the vintage knitting resources at the bottom of this post.

I don't know if I'll ever get around to knitting an entire dress but that jacket in mint green would be perfect don't you think?


If you enjoyed this pattern check out my free patterns page and follow along on Instagram for updates on my newest free patterns











vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Pin Curl Setting Patterns from 1940


You wouldn't believe how excited I was when I found this 1940 American Hairdresser magazine. Its full of beautiful setting patterns, brush outs and this one even shows photos of the hair freshly cut before being set so you can see what the haircut looks like!

I really liked the way they accessorized these styles with ribbon, flowers and even a necklace. I truly love the 1940s for their creativity in fashion and using what they had.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other old magazine scans for more vintage beauty and fashion magazines.









Summer Teen Fashions from May 1955

I've been planning some summer sewing projects for myself and I've found a lot of wonderful inspiration in my old magazines. Here's a look inside American Girl Magazine from 1955. American Girl was a Girl Scout Magazine and has a lot of ads for branded Girl Scout clothing and accessories, fashion articles and teen comics. This issue had several adorable vintage swim suits and beautiful summer sun dresses. 

If you enjoyed this post, check out my other magazine scans for more vintage beauty and fashion magazines. 







Free Pattern: 1950s Dress with Detachable Capelet Knitting Pattern

free vintage 1950s knitting pattern dress with triangle pockets and capelet


I've never had the patience to knit an entire dress before but this 1957 ensemble is one I would make an exception for. The elegant shape of the pencil dress is elevated with a detachable capelet and fabulous triangle pockets at the hips. The waist cinches with a matching belt. If anything, I may have to make a capelet (or two...or three..) to pair with dresses and skirts that I already have.

This dress comes in size 32-38 inch bust but if you need help resizing this pattern, check the bottom of this post for vintage knitting resources.

If you enjoyed this post and would like more free vintage knitting and crochet patterns, check my free patterns page and follow along on Instagram for my latest free patterns.











vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty

Outfit: Pincic Sweetheart


dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

The Missouri River floods have been on the news for several weeks so I didn't expect to get to have a walk and picnic on my favorite trail so soon! My husband was off work last Friday and we had a gorgeous sunny day so I finally got to go on the first picnic of the year.

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

I never mind the mild flooding that spring brings because it leaves a soft white silt on the path when the water recedes and old gnarled trees from somewhere upstream, perfect for a spot to sit and watch the barges and river birds. In the summer, when the water level is low, I'll hang on to this tree while I climb down a steep hill, down to the sand bar to look for pretty drift wood and fossils. 

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

I brought a vintage table cloth to sit on and some sandwiches and berries from the farmer's market for our lunch. This picnic basket is a gift from my grandma and it has a little wooden stand inside to carry a pie so it doesn't get squished. 

I wore my new Dolores Sweetheart Picnic Doll Dress from Collectif. I can't get enough of the mint green and berry print. I wish I could find the fabric to use for everything in my life. 

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

 I always wanted to try an off-the-shoulder top. I see so many cute girls on other blogs and Instagram wearing them but I thought they would slide all over the place and fall down too much. I thought I'd give this style a try though, because it can also be worn pulled up on the shoulder like a peasant blouse.

 I tried it on and slipped the sleeve down and the elastic in the top of the sleeve keeps it right where you want it to stay whether you want them up or down. Oh and it has pockets!! I'm wearing a size 4XL for reference. The Dolores dress comes in other cute prints and solids and this style is available as a mix and match separate in the Dolores top.

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

After our picnic we had time for a walk around the trail and some errands before the little ones got home from school. I can't wait for some pretty weekend weather so they can picnic with us! 





Outfit:
vintage red straw hat- antique mall
red spectator heels- BAIT footwear
bakelite bangles- various antique shops
dolores sweetheart picnic dress from collectif plus size pinup dress via Va-Voom Vintage

Free Pattern: 1952 Knitted Toss On Bolero

Its time for this month's free vintage knitting pattern. This one is from 1952 for an adorable basic bolero. This bolero fits bust sizes 32-38 inches but if you need help resizing please check out the resources listed at the bottom of this post. 

This is knitted in a chunkier yarn so it would be pretty quick to whip up. Since basic boleros were also popular in the 1940s, this is a great versatile addition to a vintage wardrobe. I love hand knits that can be worn all year too. Its such a disappointment to spend so much time knitting only to have to wait til the weather is right to wear it! Not so with this classic knit. Pair it with dresses, skirts or even pants for a cute 60s look. 

If you've ever wanted to learn to knit and don't know how, this is a good simple pattern to get started with. I always find wonderful tips and tutorials for beginners on Youtube so if you're not sure what a stitch means, check out Youtube! 

I hope you enjoy this month's pattern and be sure to check my Free Patterns page for more and follow along on Instagram for updates on monthly freebies! 





free 1950s knitted bolero pattern from Va-Voom Vintage




vintage knitting resources:

resizing knitting patterns from By Gum By Golly
vintage knitting needle conversion chart from Vintage Stitch-o-Rama
discontinued yarn chart from Purple Kitty