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Remember several months ago, when I posted about this sniveling thief bythelightofthemoon (toknittowoo on Etsy), who stole patterns from me, Bex and a number of other free pattern sites to sell on Ebay? Remember how I put up the stupid watermark so this wouldn’t happen again? Well, it turns out just because you have no morality doesn’t mean you can’t figure out Photoshop. Behold, a pattern put up AFTER the watermarking:


Here’s the link to the original FREE pattern, which I will again clarify is for personal use only, NOT FOR RIPPING OFF AND BADLY PHOTOSHOPPING INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BACKGROUND. Also, for the briefest lesson in pattern copyright – the pattern is not just for the image, IT IS FOR THE PATTERN INSTRUCTION, so guess what sister, you’re still stealing even if you did make some collages. And you also just blatantly stole a bunch of my patterns and stuck your stupid name over the top.

What’s even worse, this louse has set up her own website full of stolen patterns, presumably as a hedge against the inevitable shutdown of her completely stolen Ebay store. If you’d like to contact her through her new shop, as the email she lists for the ebay store, mariella@coolers.fsbusiness.co.uk, doesn’t seem to work (or perhaps she’s just blocked my email, possibly the only intelligent thing she’s done), please feel free to click here and write away.

I am absolutely crushed by this. This is the second time, after personally contacting them to stop no less, patterns have been stolen from my site. Until I can figure out a better way to share these images with good honest folk without getting burned again, I won’t be posting any more free patterns. Sorry guys. If anyone out there slightly better at watermarking or protecting images has any suggestions, please do let me know.

Also, be sure to tell as many people as you can, internet or in person, that thanks to the generosity of a large group of vintage pattern lovers, so many wonderful patterns are available absolutely free on a variety of sites. In fact, there are several sites out there that exist just to aggregate free patterns. Some have ads and probably derive revenue from clicks, but they at least link people back to the original and don’t try and sell them hogwash. It just boils my potatoes to think not only is someone making a profit off of stolen goods, but someone on the other end of the transaction is getting bilked out of their hard-earned money. Or if they’re a kept man or woman, someone else’s hard-earned money. And this person has already had over 14,000 sales. Times the ridiculous $5.00 for a PDF, that’s quite the stolen income, and until I can figure out a better way, I’m not helping them make another dime.

Again, that thief’s name is:

Mariella Shearer
24A Silver Street
GL11 4ND

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This week’s pattern again comes from the as-yet unidentified 1920′s Monarch book. It’s really swell, perfect for wing-dings down on the campus quad or being a real bearcat sallying a step or two past the fellas showing off your gams! I’d say it’s the cat’s pajamas but kitties can’t get their wiggle riding with fly-boys in their glad rags! An absolute hotsy-totsy number easy enough any Dumb Dora who don’t know from nothing could peg! I have no idea what I’m writing about anymore.

Minerva 03

Now you’re on the trolley!

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Last post I asked if anyone had any special requests. Someone named Elizabeth asked for patterns from the 1920s, and it just so happened I’d scanned in a very tattered 1920s Monarch book! Unfortunately, I can’t figure out which book it is; it’s in pretty bad shape and missing the first and last 3 pages. If anyone can help identify it, I’d appreciate the help. Given the emphasis on boyishly flat and athletic ladies, with some nods to the length and trim of the turn of the century, I’m confident in saying this pattern’s from 1925 or earlier.


It’s knit in an interesting one-piece style, starting from the back, growing out to include the arms, then shrinking back down as you create the neck in front. As it was meant to stretch snugly over an athletic form or full-body girdle (one that also flattened the chest down) you may want to knit it slightly looser for a more forgiving and comfortable fit.

Raccoon Coat Sold Separately.

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