Sindy’s casual wardrobe

Another vintage knitting pattern tested!

Sindy Casuals – Mariner 1987

This is another pattern I remember from my childhood, but not one I remember mum knitting.

Again, because 4-ply isn’t available everywhere I used Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, which is great for small doll projects because it comes in 25g balls and the colour range is incredible.

My colour scheme

I changed the colours, the difference doesn’t show except in the knitted jacket where I replaced the different colours for a striped sock yarn, it gave a much more subtle effect which I prefered. I also left the sleeves off of the jacket.

Jacket with self striping sock wool

I made the skirt shorter too and instead of making it a slip on skirt I changed it to add a hook fastener, which means it won’t stretch as much over time.

Outfit 1

The shorter skirt comes just above the knee, but the pattern skirt would have been much too long for a modern doll.

The Aran jumper I think was a bit too large and perhaps needed a size smaller needle.

Aran suit

The trousers fit well, but I made a mistake reading the pattern and made them a bit too short, although the shorter length means they fit my Blythe doll quite well.

The boots, if you’re interested, I bought for the Blythe doll. I’ve discovered some Blythe shoes fit Sindy.

I closed the jumper with a hook and eye fastening, but a snap fastening on the neck rib would have been better. The jumper has a back opening to fit onto the doll and needs a fastening on the rib to pull the neck in, otherwise the neck looks too wide.

Mind you, the jumper worn back to front does look like a V-neck with collar, so you could wear it that way.

Jumper Dress

Finally the Jumper dress. I don’t think it’s meant to be a dress, but the length is so long it would be crazy to not use it this way.

The dress, like the Aran jumper, looks slightly too big and might be worth missing out a few stitches on the front and back. The pattern also has a belt pulling in the dress, but I didn’t want that.

So, the pattern is finished. I think the pattern is one that still works today, perhaps with minor adjustments in length, but a nice pattern.

I’ve decided to sell these patterns in my Etsy shop, but for £1. Very affordable I think.

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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