|Wool sweater, dates from first third of 20th century.|
Lizzie over at The Vintage Traveler blogged on Monday about 1930s knitwear. She posted about how hard it is to find sweaters dating to before the 1940s. (Go read her post to see the reasons why, and to peek at some really cute 1930s sweaters.) Lizzie's post made me realize that I'd be much more excited about finding 1930s knitwear than a 1930s fancy gown. Overall, I'm more fascinated by the everyday things people wore in the past. Not to say I don't see the beauty in a gorgeous gown--I do! But...there's just something about day dresses, pants, workwear, shoes...and sweaters. Lovely, cozy sweaters. Look at these first four examples from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, plus--further down--some gorgeous examples of 1930s and 1940s sweaters from vintage crochet and knitting patterns, and see if you don't agree.
|Late 1940s cocktail sweater.|
|1950s Elsa Schiaparelli sweater.|
|1950s wool deer vest.|
The following examples are from wondertrading's collection of 1930s and 1940s knitting and crochet patterns on Flickr.
And finally, how amazing is this jabot print 1930s or 1940s sweater pattern, from Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns?