I love vintage knitting patterns as they can be chock full of wonderful, unique detailing.
This lovely top from the 1940's is a perfect example. The midriff is shaped with short rows, and the bust area is two shaped fan-like strips cleverly used for the bodice.
My only departure from the original (other than re-calculating the overall gauge from a finger-cramping 8 stitches per inch to a manageable 5.5 stitches per inch) was on the sleeves. I redesigned them with a more tailored sleeve cap and kept the ribbing design detail continuous throughout.
Feel free to add shoulder pads for a very retro silhouette !
5.5 sts and 7 rows over 2x2 ribbing
Joan McGowan-Michael has been a professional fashion designer for more 25 years, styling garments for retailers as diverse as Frederick's of Hollywood and JC Penney. She founded her company, White ...
Joan McGowan-Michael has been a professional fashion designer for more 25 years, styling garments for retailers as diverse as Frederick's of Hollywood and JC Penney. She founded her company, White Lies Designs, in 2001. It has since become the original go-to resource for lingerie patterns for hand knitting, and other romantic, vintage inspired knitwear styles in a wide range of sizes from petite to plus. Joan is a self-professed "fit geek" and incorporates dressmaker-style tailoring in many of her styles.
You've seen her work in Big Girl Knits, Stitch & Bitch Nation, and The Best of Interweave Knits. She has appeared on DIY's Knitty Gritty and the PBS series Shay Pendray's Needlework Studio. Her book, "Knitting Lingerie Style," was released in May 2007 by STC Publishing.