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Striding out bravely

Blue coat and wellies. (Click to enlarge)

Blue coat and wellies.
(Click to enlarge)

The recent wintry weather means that Susan has got out her petrol-blue winter coat and teamed it with some blue wellington boots so that she will stay both warm and dry in spite of the cold and damp December weather.

Susan’s coat is knitted from an Emu pattern which dates from the early 1960s – exactly right for Susan who dates from the early 1960s herself. The pattern, Emu 6115, is available from the Vintage Knitting Lady. I chose a glowing petrol blue wool-rich yarn for the main body of the coat, Jarol Heritage double knitting in Teal (shade 131), and knitted the contrasting collar and cuffs in cream. The colour suits Susan’s dark colouring very well.

The pattern was straightforward to make up. It is knitted in one entire piece starting from the back hem and working up past the sleeves to the neckline, then down one side of the front after another to the front hem. The collar and cuffs are knitted separately and stitched on at the making-up stage. Four buttons fasten the fronts together.

My only reservation about the pattern was that the sleeves turned out to be rather tight. If I was knitting it again I would add a few more rows to sleeve front and back to build in more ease. As it is, Susan can only wear sleeveless garments underneath her coat, but luckily it is so snug and warm that this isn’t a problem at all. She is well set to challenge the first frosts of the coming winter – when they finally arrive!

Kit’s Couture goes live!

I’m finally launching this blog.  It’s been several months in the planning but now it’s ready to go.  We have a dozen or so outfits to showcase, the models are ready and longing to get out there on the catwalk…

We will be featuring:-

  • Susan modelling vintage knitwear and designs from the 1950s – 1970s
  • Kit modelling American Girl fashions from the USA and Australia, including a beautiful gown in the style of the 1790s.
  • Sophie and Annika modelling Kidz ‘n’ Cats designs from France and the USA.

So watch this space over the next few days and weeks as the latest collection from Kit’s Couture goes public!