At the end of my last post, I said that the fashion would be continuing this month, and that is because March 13 1948 was a Special Knitting Issue.
To start, let us look at the outfit on the cover of this issue, because I'm going to confess that 1940s would not have been my first guess for the decade of this outfit. This could easily pass for several later decades, and I love having the reminder of what really casual outfits could look like. This sweater is the 'Swagger Sport Shirt' by Pierre Balmain, who we are told is "famous in Paris for his casual sports clothes".
|Outfit on the cover|
Australian Women's Weekly, March 13 1948
It is also a good example of how colour and styling can change one's opinion - the same sweater, styled differently, and in a black and white photograph, has far less impact and I would have passed straight by it.
|Believe it or not, the same sweater as above|
Australian Women's Weekly, March 13 1948, p 37
There are instructions for about ten cardigans and sweaters in this issue, several of which are quite standard. I like this checkerboard design, although wouldn't wear it myself. Of note, the 'New Yorker' twin set, shown here in the yellow top and rust coloured cardigan over it in the (the middle and lowest photos on the right hand side) is designed for the "not-so-slim" and has a bust measurement of 42", which while still terribly inadequate for me, is unusually large for the free patterns that tend to be in vintage magazines.
|Just some of the knit patterns in this issue|
Australian Women's Weekly, March 13 1948, p 9
There was no craft I actually tried this month - partially because I've been having a renewed attack on unfinished projects in my stash, and partially because nothing really appealed. There was one crochet project, this unusual purse with a cord decoration, but said decoration was a little too snake like for me (I have a phobia) so I'd never include it in my collection.
|Australian Women's Weekly, March 6 1948, p 37|
There was also instructions for this embroidered cushion, but I suspect if I made another cushion my husband might complain. We have... quite a few already.
|Australian Women's Weekly, March 20 1948, p 36|