Fresh Things for Spring

At last some spring weather in WonkyZebraLand!

Excellent news for those of us looking for a different thing to crochet; there are only so many cosy hats and blankets you can make before feeling the need to use some cotton and make something pretty.

But before I break out into dresses and bikini making… a little pause at a half way point… some pretty little spring outfits.I did write about suits a while ago

However, this suit was featured recently in UK magazine Simply Crochet, and it made me think about the different effects you can get from one pattern.
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It looks so fresh with its girly figure hugging mini skirt and little jacket, done in a pale bouclé cotton mix thread.
I have a lot of these little suit patterns. They are a good day-wear option when you need to look smart and put together –but want to be comfortable too. Worn with a camisole – or long sleeved T-depending on the temperature, they will take you from work, to lunch, and even out afterwards , with ease.
It is worth noting that the yarn and fit are really important here for getting the look. The last thing you want is a mumsy old “sensible” dressing effect!
For example, here is the EXACT same suit – in an earlier pattern incarnation!

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Just a few years later, and see how much more young and vibrant it looks done to a tighter fit ( ie with much less ease ) and in a textured yarn for more interesting fabric surface.
Here is a gorgeous chunky lace suit for a bit more of a dressed up style

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Blue Suit 359

…but look how much better it looks in crisp white, and when modelled by Twiggy!

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WonkyZebra 359 on TWIGGY

So – bear this in mind and have a look again at the entry with some of WonkyZebra’s little suits… one may be just what you need for a bit of spring bling!
Here is one for the knitters out there too…

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306 Cable Yoke Suit

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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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