Vintage Knit Patterns
Recently, I've been re-arranging and purging my knit and crochet pattern books. I came across this one called "Bedjackets and Smart Slippers" published in 1945 by Bernhard Ulmann Co.
A couple of weeks ago, Lynne was knitting a beautiful jacket that she called a peignoir. Only a few of us (me, Bridget and Lynne) had actually heard that term (yeah, we're old). In my memory, I see a breezy, chiffon-like voluminous housecoat, festooned with satin ribbons....something that actresses, Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford would have worn in one of their movies from the 1940's. Not a very practical piece of clothing, but oh so alluring!
"Bright and Early"
I mentioned to Lynne that the bedjacket would be much more practical. It keeps you warm while you're sitting up in bed reading, knitting, having coffee, etc. without the extra yardage crinkling up under the covers. I do remember my Mom having this pink quilted bedjacket with satin ribbons and pearlescent buttons. I don't remember her wearing it too often.
Many of the bedjackets in this book would definitely be suitable as sweaters by today's standards. I just LOVE the names of these bedjackets! The slippers are cute too!
I'll be bringing this gem of a pattern book to the WeHo SnB tomorrow to show to Lynne and Bridget. We're having a stash swap tomorrow, which includes yarn, needles, hooks, patterns and more. Feel free to join in our fun. Thursday, 7-9pm, Original Farmers Market, upstairs dining area. Bring yarny items to swap!