Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just wondering

Somewhere around the beginning of the last century we women escaped the tyranny of the corset and slipped into something a little more comfortable. I can't help wondering, when I look at these picture from one of my ancient magazines, just what on earth did we do with our waists.
Somewhere in the 1950s & 60s we found them again and started squashing them up into the tightest belts we could bear, even getting back into corsets again for a few insane years.
Oh, vanity thy name is Woman. Why do we do these things to ourselves?
I wonder if these fashions would look the same on us if we wore them today? The scarf wrap is not unlike some of the patterns I've seen in todays knitting books and would probably be very comfy to wear.
The patterns are here in the magazine but just listen to the list of materials required: For the dress, 5 large hanks "Anchor" Velveno, 4 balls "Anchor" Stranded Cotton, Knitting Pins, No.7. Knitting Needles, No. 12.
The scarf wrap uses the same yarns but in smaller quantities.
It was a different world back then. I can't even imagine what those yarns were. And what was the difference between knitting needles and pins?
Signing off in confusion and wishing you all a blissful weekend.
Bye for now until next time.


  1. Vikki I'm really tempted to make the scarf wrap to see how it looks today.

  2. I can't even imagine what they would be ..
    But if you find out , let us know it is all good information..:)

  3. thank you so much for your visit and comments! How interesting the pattern was-amazing creations! I think that is wonderful you write for a magazine, I would love to do that but do not know how to approach a magazine. Yes, the sewing and alterations brings in a little for us. Hugs, Kerrie

  4. I think it would be interesting to see the wrap made now. You could probably work out from the needles how thick the yarn is. And yes, they are definitely back now
    Had a look in D3's fashion shop on the weekend and I was suddenly back in my childhood 60/70's

  5. I'll do that, Pat.

    Kerrie I just send an article to the editor and hope for the best.

    Maria it's amazing how many of the 60/70s styles are resurfacing.