Subversive Femme

The Latest Yarn Shades, for 1938

Have you ever wondered what colour ‘Ionian Green’ is? What about ‘Thrift’ or ‘Larkspur’?

Here’s a colour card from 1938 – ‘the Latest Shades for Bathing Costumes & Sports Wear’ that I couldnt wait to share with you!

Its a lovely look at what colours were popular (in the UK) during the late thirties – I hope they prove useful to anyone trying to reproduce their own vintage knits.
(I’m going to use it to match the colours from my modern shade cards to the vintage equivalents).


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    Andi B. Goode
    August 16, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Oh wow! This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing it. Seems my love of peach and mint green is very period accurate then. 😉
    -Andi x

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    August 16, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Ooh mint green and peach – yum!

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    August 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Oh, that's really cool.

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    August 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Such a great find! It looks as if the shades are nice and bright (it is '38 after all), with some more muted options in the last column. I would looove to come across something like this for early and mid thirties too- just imagine!

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    October 9, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Just found your blog today! I LOVE IT! This post is so helpful. I have many vintage and repro patterns and have a HECK of a time deciding on colors. I look forward to more posts!

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