Do you prep for the holidays early or do you donate Winter accessories to charity? I'm always looking through my magazines thinking about what I'd like to gift, trying to plan what I have time to make in my schedule. It's not easy to find the perfect gift is it? Especially when it's July... and HOT outdoors. I'll just call this our Christmas in July issue :) LOL. In these blogs I pick some classics out of my many vintage magazines and match them with updated versions. We can be inspired by the past to explore the beautiful patterns of the present! Let's see what we can find this week!
Hilde "Fashions in Wool" a company out of Eastchester NY is prolific designer Hilde Fuchs. Born in 1911 Hilde Fuchs was a knit shop owner, and created 110 volumes of Fashions In Wool as both owner and designer! Hilde Fuchs died in 1995 but her legacy in wool lives on. One of those cutting edge female designers and publishers we don't hear a lot about these days, in fact I couldn't find one article written about her. That is a shame.
I own a couple of Hilde Fuchs books but today's selection is Ponchos and Accessories, 1970. (Fashions in Wool, 1970, Eastchester, NY 10707)
Note: I own these works and to the best of my knowledge they are out of print. I've taken pictures of the original work and NOT a copy. This blog falls under "Educational" content in the copyright laws. I in no way receive any compensation, none, zero, absolutely no money or product for writing this blog and therefore I am not profiting off the the works of any of the artists in my Vintage collection.
Hilde Fuchs created some great styles that are still popular today. You've probably seen them yourself as many of these designs are timeless.
To start with the Reversible Poncho pictured on the right of the front cover. The pattern instructions are simple, as the cover states. A good alternative is the Braided Women's Poncho from the Make & Do Crew. Ponchos for Tweens include the Striped Poncho "Jean" and the Plaid Poncho "Amy"
I remember how relieved I was that ponchos had come back. At one point in my life ponchos were a big thing. I remember that my grandmother had made me one. Then they made a come back. Ponchos are great idea for tweens because they aren't bulky like a coat and won't "squish" their outfits :). Both the "Amy" poncho and "Jean" poncho are timeless especially since the "plaid" look is back in a very big way. An update for the Striped Poncho Jean (on the left of the picture) is the Game Ready Knit Poncho from Red Heart. The plaid look can be seen everywhere now including in Hilde Fuchs "Amy" poncho and in the Plaid Poncho from Lionbrand.com.
Tunics were out of vogue for a while but they have made a come back to wear with leggings. Hildy Fuchs created the Crocheted Tunic "Kim". As you can see from the picture below, the tunic falls to mid-thigh. This provides warmth without being too heavy.
A very similar pattern to the "Kim" tunic the Crochet Sunset Tunic. It is of comparable crochet stitch and length with a thin belt added. Maz Kawok shares this pattern free on her website but you can purchase a pattern with optional sizes!
Tunic "Laurie" by Hilde Fuchs is another belted tunic but this has buttons on the side as another design feature. Opening the buttons at the bottom give the tunic an optional fit and look.
I like the Lady Poncho Vera Sanon which has a side button and looks very comfortable yet classy. Another tunic with a little more of a lacy look is designed by Maria Bittner. The Weekender Tunic is great as a beach cover up, with leggings or with a straight skirt for work. I love it.
There are several pieces in each pattern book by Hilde Fuchs however, the last two I'll add for this blog are the Triangle scarf and a project simply titled "Shawl".
While the "Triangle Scarf" is made from the top down with A LOT of stitches it is a very beautiful piece. I prefer patterns that I can personalize by making larger or smaller. Dorianna Rivelli of the Lavender Chair has designed the Clarissa Shawl. For this pattern Dorianna Rivelli used Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn. It's a beautiful pattern. Also ABC Knitting offers the Noro Sock Yarn Lace Shawl. A stunning piece using light fingering weight yarn.
Hilde Fuchs has named her beautiful shell shawl simply "Shawl". It is a really lovely piece! It took me some time to find a pattern that was as visually stunning. However Jessie Rayot of Jessie at Home has designed the Spring Shells Shawl. Jessie Rayot uses Red Heart Rainbow yarn for this project. The delicate lace pattern is perfectly paired with this lightweight yarn. If you prefer larger shells the Fan Shell shawl designed for Crystal Palace yarns is just the thing and in a funny twist it's been archived LOL!
That's all for this Walk Thru the Parc. I think our modern designers to an amazing job carrying on the traditions of the past that would make designers like Hilde Fuchs proud! I hope you've enjoyed today's blog. If you stop by the designers featured here, please say hello and thank them for all their hard work.
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