Jumpers of Desire..


There’s something very special about the jumpers of the 1930s – 40s.


There’s an eye-sharing presence that’s graciously engaging.


Something softer than the mainstream with emphasis on shoulders and form.


Where the wool takes centre stage and starts the dialogue.


Of course there’s always a danger with nostalgia that is stops ideas moving forward.


But it can also be a huge source of inspiration and these jumpers and their motifs have my heart…..


(All pictures from Etsy)

So if anyone knows of anyone making modern equivalents, pray tell, otherwise I may just have to learn to knit…and then you can only pity the poor sheep that give up their wool for such an unworthy cause…

Laters, Kate x


    • Maison Bentley Style

      The little knitting I’ve done hasn’t been the most successful! (large understatement..)..I think it’s one of those crafts where you need someone who knows what they’re doing to stand over you each step of the way. I am jealous of that sense of satisfaction when you finish something wonderful.. x

  1. dievca

    Ahhh, I could wear any of them — gorgeous and form fitting. I do have a Brunello Cucinelli cashmere cropped turtleneck in black that follows the body in a similar manner, but it doesn’t offer the exquisite patterns. I am also fascinated by the great hairstyles — I would love to try every one. Too bad I don’t have the patience to do it correctly~

  2. mrsfoxfinery

    These are all so nice and with a pencil skirt would look great for work. Also great to see the old hair styles. Would love the rock the top pictures look X

  3. Abbi

    I LOVE the shoulders on these. Although I think the emphasis on waist would be terrible on my figure. I had the 4th hairstyle down for my wedding.

  4. thelinencat & rockcottageyear

    I just blogged a bought re-make of a 1940’s jumper, but there are quite a few people that do them on Etsy and a book due out soon called ‘A Stitch in Time’ by http://www.susancrawfordvintage.com/Home.html if you can find someone to knit it for you (I’m hoping to persuade my German Mother-in-Law!). My Nana was a great knitter and knitted all her own clothes for many years, but sadly at 93 and living at the other end of the country I can’t tap into her knowledge. Good luck with the hunt!

  5. jackiemallon

    Women looked so polished back then, didn’t they? We used to do little jumpers like that a lot when I was at Moschino at Cheap and Chic, cherries was always a fave, pretty lace stitches…but you’re right, they’re a rarity! x

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