Subversive Femme

An Elegant Suit, from Glamor Knits c.1955

There’s a nice story behind today’s free vintage knitting pattern (it’s from Glamor Knits, a Supplement to the Australian Women’s Weekly March 9, 1955).

Another blogger called Kathlene contacted me a few weeks ago, trying to track down a knitting pattern for a suit her mother used to wear during the late forties/early fifties. After searching through my entire pattern collection, this was the closest we could find to what she remembered. How lovely to try and replicate something your mother used to wear!

This knitted suit pattern has some really elegant detailing going on – faced button holes, knitted buttons, a mitered collar and dolman sleeves. I can’t wait to see Kathlene’s version of it.

The pattern is knitted in Paton’s May Queen, a fingering weight yarn that’s twisted with a thread of artificial silk to give a boucle finish. It could easily be knitted in just plain fingering.

In two sizes, to fit a 32-33 inch and 34-35 inch bust.

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    January 16, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love this; it's so elegant. Pity the sizing is so small!

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    January 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Bex. Love suits – Off to find yarn.

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    January 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you SO much for posting this!! I have been lusting after a suit like this for ages but figured my odds were better off for making one myself than finding a vintage one. Hadn't managed to find a yet though!

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    Kathlene Minkel
    October 5, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Thanks again Bex for this pattern. I have found a sage green fingerling called Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold to knit this suit. I also bought black Ella Rae Lace merino to make the Sidar 1741. I am starting the sweater first just to get used to the smaller needles. I am so excited to get started finally. I will keep you posted on progress. I feel like I will be making a garment that I can give to my granddaughter some day, like a legacy from me. Kathlene

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