Dresses

Having decided that the supply of lovely patterns in the WonkyZebra collection is just too much for WonkyZebra to process in the near future;

I’ve decided to pop some previews in with this “new listing” news from the shop.

So from now on, there will be a mixture of patterns you can buy right now, and those you can enjoy here  for the moment – but just ask for one and WZ  will process them into PDF form for you “PDQ” (pretty darn quick – within 24hours).

Normal shop listings are still with you much quicker; usually well within an hour or two – and not normally longer then 8hours (if we are asleep – or on an occasional safari!).

This way you get to see and choose from more lovelies, and we don’t waste time processing things no one is interested in…

So that is the plan – here is the first batch – if you are interested in any of them, just click here to email WonkyZebra ; to send Wonky an email.

WonkyZebra P01 Cable Knit Dress T9732 P01

A bit of a departure for WZ – some knitted dresses ( We say knitted in the UK – but  it seems that just “knit dresses” is OK in the USA…)

Either way this is a gorgeous sensual exploration of cable technique – wrapped around  into a super sixties style mini. Cosy for winter daytime – in the office or out and about- and super comfy.

WonkyZebra P02 Knitted Natty Dress 9844  P02

Another mid sixties knit dress;  inspired by Courèges or maybe Cardin’s space age collection. Zip front-patch pockets… an almost utilitarian “overall” look, just saved by some sneaky design touches (and of course the colour!). Zoom in to see the waist dart shaping and the fact that the banding is on the bottom of an outside pocket flap – not the top edge.

Plus of course that jaunty sixties hat with a signature stalk on top!

Just the thing to brighten up a working week – in cosy comfort – as long as you remember not to bend over! It would work well over trousers (pants).

..and the last knitted number for today:-

WonkyZebra P03 Knitted Pink Twist Dress P03

An absolutely adorable, sweet as sugar, little knitted dress.

It is made with a pretty lace stitch, in a vertical pattern of eyelet diagonals; the bust is made with an unusual twisted section of wide ribbed knitting.

It looks like an angora but the original yarn was Patons kismet, an acrylic mohair mix. This was an unusual texture – not really as “hairy” as mohair, with an almost silky feel and drape. I have included a photo in the yarn notes I send with all the patterns so you can get a good substitute.

Great for summer in pastel colours, or in a cotton mix or bamboo yarn-fabulous! Or lovely for anytime parties (especially in black).

Now for some crocheted sheath dresses:-

WonkyZebra P04 Crochet Polo Dress N1903  P04

This little shirtwaister dress is a good choice if you don’t like too much fussy crochet – but want a cool look for summer. Almost an “Aertex”, or “Fred Perry” polo shirt, sporty look – with simple pattern bands alternating to give interest to the simple shape; and a front opening and collar detail .

It is knee length –if you prefer mini dresses you need to decide early on as it is made hem up.

WonkyZebra P05 Sleeveless Shell Sheath Crochet Dress 6904 P05

I made this dress exactly as it is here – seduced by actually finding the pingouin wool in a (quite) local woolshop!

It was a very Zen experience; all those rows of repeated shells…

but a super texture when made – and of course good shaping. It would make a lovely top – (Ha! I really can’t say a shell pattern, shell top – can I?)

Now a similar idea, but quite different effect…

WonkyZebra P06 Gold Slinky Sheath Crochet Dress C788   P06

A lovely simple shape to show off the heavy lace stitch pattern and metallic “Goldfingering” yarn (which is still available).
This could go either way – elegant retro sixties evening dress – or sassy sixties disco dress.
Good choice for Gemini’s – or just girls who base clothing choices on mood .

So to finish – back to one of my favourite late sixties shapes; these flippy skirted, high waisted, little dresses usually with a scooped neckline but here with a open v neck.

WonkyZebra P07 Crochet Rose Ruffle  Dress 5297    P07

These two are both from Sirdar – along with a very similar one already listed; WZ 296. They vary in detail – and trim -the rose ruffle is interesting – a bit less of it might be better!

Both sleeves work very well – it just depends on your preference.

WonkyZebra P08 Crochet Mesh 5291    P08

In fact, because they are so similar; anyone coming from this blog to buy WZ296 can  get one of the other two free, by asking for P07 or P08 ..

WonkyZebra 296 High Waist Dress 5299 WonkyZebra’s 296

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About WonkyZebra

WonkyZebra and I have collected tons of patterns over the years. Before this was fashionable and the whole “vintage” thing happened, it was just considered to be a funny sort of hoarding; a bit “anorak” to use one of the slightly mocking terms us English specialise in. Now it is a wonderful source of lost treasure in the online textile universe; who would have guessed! It was quite a relief to find there are many others “out there” who appreciate a good pattern-and maybe even enjoy using them! I think it is a good thing anyone can get access to the designs instead of just those lucky enough to find them in gran’s workbox or charity shops. So, here we are with all our hoard, trying to make it all available as fast as we can…hooves don’t help much so it is down to me. I squeeze it in between actual crocheting, knitting, life, and other sundries. Vintage patterns; PDFs for sale at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
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