Free Pattern Friday: Ahoy-hoy!

hi·a·tus [hahy-ey-tuhs]
–noun, plural -tus·es, -tus.

1. a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
2. a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.
3. any gap or opening.

For the next season I’ll most likely keep ‘summer hours’; fewer posts while I attempt to make hay while the sun shines (sort of literally). In the meantime please enjoy this belated pattern in honor of Memorial Day and Fleet Week, the twice-yearly opportunity to scream ‘HEYYYYY SAIIILOOOR!’ on a crowded street without seeming like a complete nutjob.

Described as a ‘beach ensemble’, this 1934 outfit from Minerva manages to combine all the ridiculous fashions of the last few seasons: hats worn in inappropriate settings, rompers, ‘retro’-mania, too-short and too-long skirts, giant tassels, and to top it off, a giant pom-pom.

Actually the skirt’s not so bad, an appropriate tea-length nowhere near the silliness of this season’s ‘maxi’ length. Ladies, if you find a need to hold up the bottom of your outfit to avoid constantly tripping over it, it no longer meets the basic requirements of safety and has tipped over to the frippery of fashion. Then again, stripper heels (aka ‘platform heels’) are suddenly everywhere so we’ll probably see a lengthening of skirts and heightening of heels until we’re back in Italian Renaissance chopine territory. My, this section’s become an outlet for bitching cattily about fashion!

Honestly folks, wear whatever you want. If studying clothing throughout history has taught me anything it’s that every form of dangerous, ridiculous excess and exaggeration has been and will be tried, and this year’s model is no better or worse than what came 100 years before (except for maybe foot-binding, let’s not do that again).

I’ve taken the liberty of enlarging and coloring in the intarsia anchor pattern, also useful for cross-stitchery or over-embroidering onto an existing knit.

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  1. Wow. Thank you very much for this pattern. The beret is awesome and I can already see myself wearing that one. I also like the swimsuit, though I´m quite sure it´d look ridiculous on me for anatomical reasons.

    Also thank you for all the other great patterns you shared!


    1. You’d be surprised how forgiving fitted knits can be to the body, though unless you use one of the new super yarns developed for sock use (stretchy, washable, durable, lightweight) I doubt they’re comfortable to swim in. Congratulations on picking up knitting; the scarf you’re working on looks great so far!


    2. oh wow, that swimsuit is screaming my name!! ha ha ha! i think i’m going to have to try to adjust that pattern to turn it into a top.
      thanks for sharing!!


    3. Ooooh thanks for posting, I’m going to have to give this a go :D


      1. Please do! I love seeing vintage patterns worked up!