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Looking for a Fresh Note

Added May 15, 2012

by harrietbazley

London, United K...






I’ve always wanted to try this accessory pattern – intended to ‘add a fresh note’ to your 1930s secretary dress, or in other words to hide the fact that you were wearing the same dress every day! – so I made up the set of collar and cuffs to try with my Jessie Matthews dress

It’s actually fairly simple crochet lace: only a three-row pattern, of which one row is just plain treble. But I’m proud of my home-made crochet buttons.

Material Notes

Chiltern crochet cotton – dyed with teabags!




Garment Type


Woman and Home

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    Jul 22, 2013, 07.47 PMby n00bie4ever

    Wow, they look terrific! Great job you’ve done, you should be proud. :)

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    May 18, 2012, 04.51 PMby staticstasy

    Lovely! Do you think you could post the pattern? :)

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      May 23, 2012, 01.07 PMby harrietbazley

      I don’t think I can post the whole pattern here as the book I got it from was only printed in 1972 – there are quite a few free crochet collar patterns available on the Web.

      The actual lace pattern is very simple: a row of trebles made onto the foundation chain, then a row of double crochet made into every other treble of the row beneath with 3ch between them, then another row of dc made into the central ch of the chain loops on the row below, with only one ch between them this time in order to create the same number of stitches per row you had to start with. Then you just make another row of trebles – one into each dc and each ch of the row below – and repeat as before.

      The quirk is that on the second and third rows you only work into the back half of the stitch on the row below – putting the hook through one loop instead of two – so you get a more spidery effect and a bit of a ridge. (Ideally I think you should probably alternate between working into the back half and the front half so that all the ridges appear on the same side of the fabric, but the pattern isn’t that sophisticated.)

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    May 17, 2012, 07.28 AMby loulourosa

    Good idea to do this, and a lovely job. I think I have patterns like this, I will look for them!

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    May 16, 2012, 09.15 PMby marionouchka

    Nice, very original…

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    May 16, 2012, 05.25 PMby libra-s

    Fantastic job! Well done!

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    May 16, 2012, 12.26 PMby skeeler

    Beautiful way to “freshen up” a dress!

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