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Part 2: 1953 Travel Set

Added Jun 1, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






Voilà, here are my next two pieces for the travel set. I decided to do the warm stuff first, since summer is really taking it’s time here in Europe and I still have time to finish the summery garments until I need them…

I was really unsure about this vest – first I could not decide on a fabric. Then I found this amazing cashmere but wasn’t sure if this material was going to work on this piece of clothing. I made the muslin and honestly, that was too much retro for me. I couldn’t really pinpoint the reason though. I lowered the pockets by 2 cm, added the cap sleeves and rounded the waistband on the hips and gave it a shape in the back (that was my husbands idea, actually!). Also quite a lot of fit alterations. And the result? I love it! The pockets are functional, just the buttons are “fake” (didn’t feel like cutting buttonholes into that material and it didn’t need it). It’s fully lined, of course. The description of the skirt is in part 1 of the travel set. The sweater is the only pattern that I didn’t take from the original travel set. The one they have in there is so plain that I just couldn’t see myself knitting it without constantly falling asleep from boredom. So I took another pattern, also from 1953 which I think is darling. I love the shape, they wear it with the zipper in the back, but it also works with it in the front. I had to adjust the gauge and grade down the pattern (they use even smaller needles!), and I made the wrist bands a little longer. I tried to strike a similar pose, but duh, I mirrored it…

The description in the magazine says: “For the evening stroll or a sailing trip something warm is asked for. A simple wool sweater with narrow cuffs and a ribbed pattern is the right thing. The hip length, casual sweater shape with long, pushed up sleeves looks sporty.” – I think mine can pretty much pass for that, too… With these two pieces, the travel set will really work for 3 out of 4 seasons (maybe even winter, but I would need a warmer coat along with it).

Material Notes

Vest: 100% Cashmere, fake leather
Sweater: 100% Virgin Wool (“Numero Uno” from Lana Grossa, Colour 01, needles European size 3.5, US 4).




Garment Type
Cashmere, Leather/Fur, Wool

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    Jun 4, 2010, 02.42 PMby stefilu

    you did an amazing job, I love the retro style, the buttons, the skirt pockets. well done!

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    Jun 2, 2010, 07.50 PMby meryyyyy

    hi,thank you,i speak Bosnian,and litle english language…i will try to find on paterns what i want,thank you one more time…

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    Jun 1, 2010, 07.23 PMby meryyyyy

    i come from Bosnia,is there enyone like mee,i do not speak English very good,hello everybody…

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    Jun 1, 2010, 07.21 PMby meryyyyy

    how i can see and download description for this…

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      Jun 1, 2010, 08.43 PMby ajtak7171

      Hi… you mean instructions? Well, for this here, there are no instructions. If you want to find patterns and instructions, you have to go to “patterns”. What languages do you speak?

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    Jun 1, 2010, 11.13 AMby baroness

    very nice style and colour combination. i envy you your tiny waist! ;)

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    Jun 1, 2010, 08.02 AMby irmchen


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