Well, I found it.
For years, I have been knitting myself these little cropped sweaters from vintage patterns from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The style is usually short, with a wide band of ribbing at the waist for a cinched in look, made in a fine gauge yarn. Some are lacy, some are simple, some are colorful. But they are all cropped.
I am addicted to making them and think they are utterly adorable. But I usually have no clue what to wear them with. I’m actually not a big skirt person (I prefer dresses) and pants are never high enough for tops this short.
But this super simple Zinnia is it. It’s so comfortable. It balances out my bust, but isn’t too fluffy. It has pockets. And it actually reaches my waist, so there’s no danger of belly flashing. I’m so into it and can’t wait to wear it with my other sweaters.
The leaves are glorious in right now, so I had Kenn take these of me on a walk through the neighborhood. It was a rare sunny day, the best sort of October afternoon here in Oregon. I even had to wear sunglasses.
We met up with this guy on the way. His name is Escobar and he has a brother named Pablo. He was purring and kissing my nose, causing Kenn to exclaim, “OMG, you look like a catfood commercial right now!”
If you’re curious about the sweater, I’m afraid I knitted it a few years back and don’t recall the vintage pattern. It’s knitted in a cotton/cashmere blend from Colour Mart, and has these amazing Czech glass buttons. I backed the placket with grosgrain, but it ripples like crazy anyway.
By the way, I changed my hair up a few weeks ago. It tends to get a bit wavy when it’s shorter these days, so I’m going with it.
Skirt: Zinnia by Colette Patterns, in black rayon
Top: Hand knitted, vintage pattern
Bag: Vintage Coach
Tights: Foot Traffic signature cotton tights, my favorite right now
Shoes: Sofft (from a few years ago)