Free Pattern Friday: Her 5-Year Mission: To Explore Strange New Worlds

I came across this image out of nowhere last week and decided immediately I must find a pattern inspired by it to share.

For those unfamiliar this is not a photoshopped image from someone’s Prisoner/Star Trek crossover fanfiction, but a still from original series Star Trek episode ‘Squire of Gothos’. Wikipedia’s episode overview, ‘A powerful being torments the crew of the Enterprise’, applies to nearly any episode and is as useful as ‘Kirk disregards the Prime Directive’ or ‘A primitive society’s god is really a supercomputer’ as a distinguisher.


He’s so happy! Kirk’s just hating in the background.

So, Adam Ant teleports some of the crew down, shenanigans ensue, alien life gets punched and a computer gets smashed. There’s also swordfightery!

But this episode wasn’t just about the dudes of the crew; a lesser-known yeoman catching the villain’s eye is also thrown into the works. Aside from thinly-veiled social commentary dressed up in cheap sets, Star Trek also reflected its age in the way it portrayed women. Sure, it’s great that they even featured women working on a sort-of similar level to men, but just as often those ladies were in skimpy costumes or had to be rescued or let pesky emotions get in the way of doing their job.


Except for T’Ping. Cold As Ice.

I despaired of finding a pattern that somehow combined the weirdness of 60′s modern with sci-fi elements and a throwback to the 1800s, but then I came across Holiday Handknits. I’ll let the images speak for themselves (the Star Trek images are courtesy of Sheryl’s Star Trek Women).

(I think Mrs. Robinson’s got her eye on your boyfriend.)


(I know, I know- technically not a woman but an android.)

…Which brings us around to this week’s pattern, one of the few that embodies its era’s style while still appealing to a modern sensibility. This little crocheted number could be dressed down with a shirt underneath or dressed up with…a handful of ostrich feathers…as seen here…

This would look great in a glittery gold or silver; green’s ok but in the context of Star Trek ladies has unfortunate connotations:

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  1. Great post!

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  2. Believe it or not, I actually like the quirky brown (taupe?) raglan pullover with the placket neckline. Is there any chance you might post that pattern? I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

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    1. Indeed, it does not hurt to ask, as I’ll post it next. That sweater was a strong contender for sharing, but I wasn’t sure if it was amazing or awful; I guess treading that line is the definition of quirky. I believe the pullover’s actually silver/grey, but the 70s photography tints everything towards yellow.

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    2. sixties Awesomeness! Yeah!

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    3. Thanks. You’re awesome!

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    4. As a lover of Star Trek and 196o’s fashion I have to say that I love all of these! I’m going to make the green dress and the bobble-collared pullover. Is there any chance you could post the patterns for the rest of these designs?

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      1. Most likely eventually, as posting more than one pattern a week (unless they’re on the same page) becomes a formatting hassle. If you’ve any predilections let me know and I’ll post them sooner rather than later.

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      2. Great blog. I love the green dress. Less keen on the fishnets and the dead crow she’s holding!

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      3. Is this pattern for US size 10? If so, do you have a starting point for size 4?

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        1. Whether it’s for a US or other size 10, it’s definitely a VINTAGE size 10. Note in the pattern where it says ‘Measurements of Finished Garment’ – the three sizes are 32.5″ bust, 34″ bust, and 36″ bust with specific measurements for the finished garment for each size underneath.

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          1. Aha. Now I get it. Thank you!

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          2. The Bucilla Serenade 1oz skeins….is that yarn or a finer thread?

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            1. From what I found on the Vintage Yarn Wikia, it appears to be a ‘yarn’, but a denser, nubbier yarn, slubby, with wool wrapped in a coarser metallic thread. Click on the link and you can see the yarn up close.

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            2. Perfect. I really appreciate the help. I’m using wool-ease 301 (white/multi). I’m thinking I’ll have to line it. Is it ok to post a link to a photo of the finished dress?

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              1. Of course it is ok to post a photo of the finished dress! I live for that stuff! I might just wear a slip with the dress, but if you line it be careful when sewing the lining in, as many a knit dress has gone wonky when stretched out in the final stages and sewn in place.

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              2. Then I’m going to go for the slip.

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