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For this week’s pattern, I had a tough time deciding between something versatile and wearable that’s faddish at the moment (a basic sweater with stripes on the sleeves and across the upper chest), or something sort of ridiculous that’s put together strangely and involves a bit of geometry (also sort of faddish at the moment). Then I remembered I post a pattern every week and would get to both. On with the ridiculous geometry!

The 1930s tunic pattern comes courtesy of Minerva Vol. 40. Its assembly involves points meeting at the neck and shaping comes courtesy of a belt. The sleeves, hem and belt stand out from the body using nubbly moss stitch. While it looks very classy in white, might I also suggest cardinal red, forest green, or perhaps a bright jewel blue?

(Seriously, just picture her with a feather in her cap.)

A black skirt pattern is included, but really, why put in all that effort when we’re moving towards a pantsless society? In about 5 years all anyone will wear bottomwise are tights, leggings, jeggings, and probably some new portmanteaus like sleggings and bleggings. I say beat the fashion industry to the punch, pop on some tights and prance around with your band of merry fellows (codpiece optional).

Hey Nonny Nonny and Away We Go!

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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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