Monday 8 December 2014

Review of A Stitch In Time Vol 1

Photograph courtesy of Susan Crawford
In my last post I reviewed Kate Davies' Yokes. Now it's the turn of the beautifully-photographed coffee table book A Stitch In Time Vol 1 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller. First published in paperback in 2008, this new edition has been rewritten and updated to include updated yarn requirements, vintage styling and lots of information behind the history of the changing styles.

Its sumptuous images and layout scream quality publication, worth every penny of its albeit expensive £35 price tag. Like Yokes, A Stitch In Time Vol 1 is more than just a collection of patterns - it's a treasury of social history. Black and white prints of the original patterns from vintage magazines sit beside contemporary photographs of the garments with vintage styling.

Patterns are grouped together in chronological order in themes starting with 'The Tubular Look' from 1920 - 1932. Each theme starts with a short essay explaining the reasoning behind that 'look' - great for vintage fashion fans and also helpful in choosing the styles that would suit your body shape.

See all the patterns on Ravelry.

Some of my favourites are:

Fair Isle Jumper

Frilly Sleeves

Sun-Ray Ribbing
A Stitch In Time Vol 1 is available in hardback, ebook or both from Susan Crawford's website.

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