Subversive Femme

Mardi Gras, knitting-mojo and a free Pattern book for you to enjoy

Apologies for the blog silence everyone. For the past few months I’ve really struggled to knit or sew anything – I’m assuming it’s work-stress-related.  My mojo still isn’t back yet, but fingers crossed it’s soon as my queue is out of control!

Add on organising our part in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and I’m just plain exhausted.

Even though I didn’t ride in Dykes on Bikes this year (I was in Geelong for my Uncle’s 90th birthday) Jakk did – and she had a blast riding my bike instead.

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Photo Credit : SBS

Isn’t she adorable? She was going for a vintage US army look this year.

In the meantime, I’ve been lusting over a few new patterns that you might like as well:

Mary Mead by Andi Satterland

Photo Credit: Andi Satterland

It’s vintage fabulous! Sport weight, fitted and cropped. Love it, and had to buy a copy as soon as it was released.

Vintage Vogue V9083 (circa 1951)




Now, I’m not a fan of the strapless dress by itself (or the swing coat) – but that button on sailor collar just makes this dress pop.

And the new Simplicity Pattern 1155 – this is actually a repro of Simplicity 4704




I used to own 4704 but sold it as it was too small for me to use!
I really like the Simplicity repro (and that they styled it on a ‘larger’ model) but I think it needs some tweaks to make it look more like the original. Have you noticed the the straps (that go over the shoulders and under the bust) are one piece in the original, but different in the repro? It’s a shame they didnt include the sleeved version too.

I bet it’s a lot easier to sew than Gertie’s one from Butterick (5882), as Simplicity’s instructions are normally easier to follow. It would be interesting to mash the two together and take the best bits from both patterns.

And finally – I did promise you a full, complete knitting pattern booklet from 1948.



Back in January, when I asked what patterns you would like to see, YarnForwardKnitPast said she’d love to see knitted everyday gloves.


Well, I spent a bit of time today scanning the whole of Patons Knitting Book No. 232 into a Flickr Set for you to download and enjoy.



This 24 page booklet is circa 1948 (advertised for sale 10 March 1948 in the Burnie Advocate), and is full of gloves and mittens for women and children.

I hope you enjoy it and, remember, if you’re after something in particular let me know!

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  • Reply
    Kyle Kirkby
    March 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Gloves!! And Jakk looks great! I'll bet it was a fun ride. Hope your Mojo comes back soon!

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    March 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    What awesome patterns. That last dress one in particular stole my breath away. Shelf bust frocks always get to massive thumbs up in my books.

    Happy sewing and knitting, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply
    March 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Jakk looks incredible.

  • Reply
    juli wales
    March 6, 2019 at 4:18 am

    I’ve been jone’sn for some new gloves and love long retro patterns. Can’t wait to take a look at this booklet! so excited – thank you!

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