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1930's ensemble!

Added Aug 8, 2010

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






This project involved making 4 items: the dress, the short sleeved sweater, the purse and the hat!

1) Sweater – I refashioned this from an old baggy 80’s/90’s sweater I found at the op shop (check out the “before” pic!). It initially caught my attention because of the lovely hue of the green, and the Art Deco-like sequin pattern on the front. I recently decided to go on a refashioning quest for winter, and this has been one of the fruits of my labour :) I had to take this this in quite a bit so it became figure hugging (but not too tight!). I cut off the ribbing sections and reattached to the sleeves and waist once the whole sweater was back in one piece. The sleeves got the chop and the waist came up as well. I had to remove the sleeves completely, then reshape the shoulders and armholes. I then reattached the sleeves, gathering at the tops, where they meet the shoulders. I love how this turned out – it’s very comfortable to wear and makes me feel a little bit glamorous..

2) Hat and purse – I crocheted the hat and purse using a lovely forest green crochet cotton I received from a kindly person on Freecycle. The green of the yarn coincidentally matches the green of the sweater very well, so it made sense to wear the three together. I based the hat and purse on patterns from 1938, having to experiment quite a bit, as the yarn I was working with was very different to the yarn the pattern called for. The purse handles I bought second hand – they are vintage early twentieth century, most likely from 1920’s or 30’s. I used a shell stitch for both the hat and purse, which has a fabulous texture and somehow brings out the colour of the green.

3) Dress – I shall soon post a separate project for this baby!

Material Notes

old sweater from op shop, second hand yarn, second hand purse handles




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Wool

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    Aug 29, 2011, 10.46 AMby Rosy1964

    This outfit is so elegant and feminine! Wow! Awesome, good job!

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      Aug 31, 2011, 02.23 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you very much!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 11.08 AMby popbabe7

    This is one of the most beautiful outfits I’ve seen on Burdastyle. Wow.

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      Oct 19, 2010, 11.53 PMby olystyrene

      Wow, thank you for the comment! :)

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    Aug 15, 2010, 02.46 AMby rchavez215

    I agree with all the people that they said your work is amazing and very feminine!! I wanna add that you look absolutely stunning just like your work!! LOVE IT!

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      Aug 15, 2010, 11.49 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much – it took alot of effort but I think it paid off :) Your comment was so lovey!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 05.20 PMby rhianna78

    That is fabulous! I think you did a great job! Congrats the results are awesome!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 10.59 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you!!!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 01.08 PMby integerclub

    Fan-freakin-tastic, Ol! And best of all is the fact you’ve got some bling in your outfit now!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 10.59 PMby olystyrene

      Thanks Doycey! You’re soooo right – I can’t say no to tasteful sequins!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 01.53 AMby smallone

    beautifully creative and lovely …..and best of all entirely individual :)

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      Aug 10, 2010, 01.57 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you for such a lovely comment!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.38 AMby msgems

    WOW! I love absolutely everything about this whole ensemble. Where did you get the pattern for the bag and hat?? I love them and would love to try them out myself. Ug… so jealous of that outfit …

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.56 PMby olystyrene

      Thanks! The patterns came from a 1938 crochet magazine. There was quite a bit of playing around with the pattern to make it work for my yarn. Vintage crochet patterns can be very trying!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 07.55 AMby msgems

      Tell me about it! I know its cheeky to ask but would you be able to scan it and post it on here or email it to me?? Its so lovely I just got to have me one!!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 11.00 PMby olystyrene

      Why don’t you send me an email? :)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.28 AMby sewella

    Fabulous! I don’t know where to start first! The whole ensemble is stunning! I love how you managed to make a pearl out of that sweater – from an ugly duckling it turned into a graceful swan. As for the hat and bag – I think you made a right choice to employ the shell stich because both turned out gorgeous!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.58 PMby olystyrene

      What a lovely metaphor! Thank you so much! I’m really pleased with how these turned out, especially when there was quite a bit of experimentation involved :)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 09.05 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous ensemble! Love that shade of green!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.58 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I never thought I’d be wearing that kind of green, but it feels so right.. ;-)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 07.07 AMby nessys

    Wow – again, you have done a fab job on the whole ensemble Honey!!

    That handle for the crocheted purse was a real find – just gorgeous. I love crochet, can’t knit, but crochet I love and you’ve done it very nicely. I await the dress with great wonder and interest!!! xx

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      Aug 9, 2010, 08.29 AMby olystyrene

      Why thank you, Miss! The crcohet goodies were really fun to make – the particular type of shell stitch wasn’t one I’d used before so I had to have a couple of goes before I figured out what they were on about. Really happy with the result though – goes to show how much good perseverence can do!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 06.13 AMby in-stockholm

    Very cute project. I absolutely adore the bag!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 08.31 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I’d wanted to make one of these bad boys for soooo long, and was extremely stoked when I found those purse handles :)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 01.19 AMby macoskrm

    I love it! Do you use a serger on your sweater projects? I tried refashioning a knit sweater into a skirt with my regular machine and it unraveled all over the place. :(

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    Aug 8, 2010, 11.59 PMby domestic-divaonline

    You’re incredible! Beautiful projects.

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      Aug 9, 2010, 12.04 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 11.49 PMby Jodi Wade

    I love the whole outfit! I love the crocheted purse – looks like a lot of work! Can’t wait to see more pics of the dress.

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      Aug 9, 2010, 12.04 AMby olystyrene

      Thank YOU! I will post the dress pics as soon as I can – there are some delightful details!

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