Thursday, 2 January 2014

1950's Fashion Knits from Paton & Baldwin

Front cover of 3rd edition possibly 1957.
Pearl trimmed scoop neck jumper.
I just love this outfit.
 A few weeks ago I gleaned from The Nice Lady on the market two Patons and Baldwins knitting books both from the late 1950's for the princely sum of a pound each...which I thought was a steal to be honest.

"The Seven Eighths Cardigan"
I love this cardigan.Why the name I don't know but just think of all the discarded sweet wrappers you can get in pockets that roomy.
 One is the third edition,dating from 1957 as far as I can work out,and the other is the fifth (1959-ish?) both are full of lots of goodies.I just love looking at the pictures in these knitting magazines and these two are quite Vogue-like in their style.
Ski sweater, plus hood, plus mitts
 Patience Horne,the "Editress",in the opening blurb is keen to emphasise the haute couture aspect of these designs and that they "show the very latest Continental and American influences".To prove her point this collection was filmed along the Cote D'Azur apparently and the fifth in Portugal.
I love this too...but square necklines look awful on me....grrr.
 Further to this, just to sort the chaff out away from the wheat I reckon,she declares many of the patterns whilst "in the scope of the average knitter" (because they have simple classic lines apparently) others are
 "definitely more specialised and not intended to be knitted by the amateur,or worn by any but those who like their clothes to have that special air of something different,spotted at once by all eagle-eyed followers of fashion!"
Edition number five was proud to boast the inclusion of several designs intended purely for machine knitting.
 I think that safely counts me out.

The rose and white fair isle cardigan,bottom left,is what I really want.
Would I match up to the skill levels expected by "The Editress"..???
 Anyway,the pictures are nice to look at and dream over and these have nice little interesting snippets about the film locations too which can only be a bonus on a dull and gloomy day.
A nice picture....but I find the young ladies feet disturbingly odd.Or is it just me?
 Whether or not anything gets knitted from these is hard to tell.....I am unfortunately only an amateur as you know.
"Rough Textured"
lovely elegant dress.

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  1. Thank you for posting these - the designs are so elegant! I am sure you will let us know if you do knit any :)

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    1. Well I am hoping to have a go at the fair isle cardi...there are all sorts of possibilities for major tantrums with that project though!

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  2. Those are some gorgeous patterns! But her stance is a bit odd in that all-blue number.

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    1. I do feel a bit mean now...but they are quite odd...more so in the original.

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  3. Yes, her feet are rather hobbit-like - they look like my husband's feet! Perhaps we're being a bit mean. I can't comment - my feet are as long as they are wide! I quite like the V-neck orangey/apricot top in the collection of four tops - don't think I'll need the arrows though. Does anyone look good in a square neck, really? (apart from the model perhaps). Cheers, Lesley Szetey

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    1. Hello again Lesley!
      I am being mean but they are all I look at in that picture I just can't help being drawn to them.Perhaps its just the angle or something.
      Yes I like that top too...but the arrows are a bit like directional finders!!

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  4. Not to be knitted by the amateur? It's not often that you read a comment like that in a DIY-type publication, seeing as how that might tend to reduce the number of issues sold!
    These are such beautiful and wearable styles. I think you should stand up to the snooty Editress and go for it.

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    1. I think so too....I like the word "editress" though !

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  5. I love the square neckline number too. And I do like my clothes to have a special air of something different. Do you think my Sister would qualify as she specialised in knitwear for her fashion and textiles degree? I don't think the editor would like my curious left handed technique!!!!

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    1. I am sure your sister definitely would meet the exacting standards expected by "The Editress"!
      Happy New Year to you!

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  6. They are all lovely! But do agree with everyone about those feet, the directional pointers, and that you should give these patterns a good run for their money! (Bless your provider - such a thoughtful lady!) Oh ~ the 7/8 bit ~ might it refer to the length?
    So glad to have you back!
    del

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    1. Yes I thought it might be length.
      Thank you for stopping by Del!

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  7. Wishing you a Happy New Year, hope all is well, K. x

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    1. Happy new Year to you too!
      All well here...just fed up with the rain.Hope you and yours and your little canine chum are all perky.xx

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  8. They look very pretty and dreamy. :) I like the red top with the square neckline and pockets! And the scoop necked jumper! - although not in pink, for me...
    Happy New Year!

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  9. Even if one never makes anything from these magazines (or others), sometimes I think the money is well-spent just for the time one spends flipping through and dreaming over them.

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    1. Exactly...I just love to flip and dream too!

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