Friday, 20 March 2015

The Leather Tuscadero Jacket

Today was a catch-up day with fellow blogger and knitting fiend Gilly B. After a good gossip over coffee we decided that it would be wrong not to indulge in a charity shop browse, especially as last time we found a great 1960s coat for Gilly.

We visited a shop that's not on our usual route and I'm so glad we did. I came out with a full bag of bargains; the first being this 1970s leather jacket, which'll be ideal for spring. It reminds me of something that Mistress of Bass Guitar, Suzi Quatro would have worn back in the day, hence the title of this post.

Suzi knew how the work the leather look to perfection
Photo source: BBC

The shop's bookshelves were filled with a vast array of knitting and needlework books and stuff, which kept us occupied for a while. I delved deep and found a '70s sewing pattern that I can size down for Monkeychild and use towards my Vintage Pattern Pledge target:

I also came across a some great knitting and crochet patterns too:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I really need to learn how to crochet as the black top above is gorgeous, especially with those deep cuffs and high waistband. Mind you, it took me nigh on twenty years to learn how to knit, which nicely leads me into my last buys, a selection of Rowan knitting books from the late 1980s/early '90s:

A friend of mine used to knit lots of lovely cardigans and jumpers from these books. I would borrow them to look through and can remember reading the Rowan No. 10 book which featured a then unknown Kate Moss, and wishing that I could knit the spotty cardie she was wearing.

But now as I have my own copy and can finally knit I'm thinking that its only right that I should knit it to bring things full circle at long last and fulfil that wish from years ago!


  1. I recognise that pattern for the girls dress I'm sure it's one my Mum had and made for me!

    Good score on the leather jacket.

  2. There is nothing better than catching up with knitting friends while exploring vintage/second-hand shops. It's one of my most favorite activities on earth! You really scored with that jacket and all the amazing patterns. Something about living in Alaska, it is impossible to find any knitting or crochet patterns earlier than the 70's. I look, every time and I think the closest I've ever come were a few Needle Craft's from '69. You are truly a lucky gal.

    She Knits in Pearls

  3. What great finds! All those patterns should certainly keep you busy and that leather jacket is utterly fabulous, Suzie Q would be proud!

  4. Ooh you got some awesome bargains! I'm jealous of your knitting finds, there's not many of them in my local shops :)

  5. SO GOOD to see some Quatro in your blog - I love her! Great finds - the young Kate Moss photos might actually be worth something now

  6. That jacket looks fantastic on you, who doesn't love vintage Suzi Q? Great patterns, I'd love to see you make that black jumper.
    PS I promise to sit down and sort out those Q&As this week.

    1. Great, thanks for that Vix. I'll start writing the article in the next week or so.

  7. The leather jacket is a great find, you look wonderful in it. Photos on knitting patterns are so representative of their time, aren't they? It makes them hugely nostalgic. Can't wait to see what you make! Xxx

  8. Brill Charity shop finds! Very jealous xx

  9. Those Rowan books were a great find, they're so collectable nowadays. I look forward to seeing your finished spotty cardigan - I bet you'll have a fun time finding the yarns to use for it.


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