6.14.2013

War era Superman sweater

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Well this is my favorite project by far!

Some months ago, after finishing my victory sweater, I decided I wanted to combine my comic book interests with my vintage interests. Since the new Superman movie was on the horizon I thought a Superman sweater would be the perfect first project, finished just in time for the film. 

I adapted the cover of Action Comics #1, one of the most recognizable covers of the century, and chose an earlier Superman crest for the front. I wanted it to look like something a girl in the early 40s would make, rather than just a nod to the past. 

Once again there are loads of changes I would make, but really I'm very happy with the way it turned out! I'm excited to wear it to the movie this weekend, and while I don't have a next knitting project in mind, stay tuned for my Supernatural outfit! 

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  1940s Superman sweater-Designed and handmade by me

Skirt-Fab Gabs

Hat-The Urban Eccentric

Shoes-ModCloth

1940s glasses-Most Everything Vintage

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102 comments:

Crystal Lee said...

A most impressive job! Your sweater turned out so cute. I adore it, and how great that you created it in time for the movie.

Tasha said...

Just perfect! I'm in love with it from the front but the back just blows my mind. If there were a prize for intarsia, you'd get it. :)

kate gabrielle said...

oh my gosh, the sweater is amazing!!!!

Erica said...

Oh my gosh, the sweater is amazing! How long did it take to knit??! I can tell you put many many hours into it. Well worth it for sure! :)

Amanda Nolan said...

Such stunning work!

Eruiel said...

You're gorgeous!

Sarah Dee said...

You're my hero. that is all <3

x dotti dee

Magpie said...

Wow, that's just lovely! I'm more a batman-fan myself but... You look stunning as usual! Love your blog! :)

Olivia said...

Wow, I was not expecting that back! I love it! It makes me want to try knitting again, since I dropped it in favor of crochet since it was a bit faster.

Naomi said...

Such incredible detail! I loved it when I saw just the front, I assumed it was plain on the back. And then BAM you turned around and I was blown away! Well done!!

The Occasional Indulgence

Jennifer said...

Woah -- amazing!

thescreensiren.com said...

What an absolutely amazing sweater! And those shoes are gorgeous!
xx
http://thescreensiren.com

Katherine Faulk said...

That sweater is a thing of beauty. Color me both deeply impressed and unbelievably envious. I would pay good money to have one of those for my own!

Laura said...

That sweater is just absolutely amazing - you did such a fantastic job on this! And your bangles, they are just fantastic!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Babes in Thriftland said...

The front is so cute but the back is jaw dropping! I can't believe all the work that must have gone into that. Love!!

Fräulein CRC said...

That's just awesome! <3

Dakota said...

WOW! I thought it was pretty cute from the front, but the back is just amazing!! You have some serious knitting chops!

Carla said...

It turned out amazing!!! I love it! And the way you accessorized, just amazing.

Molly M. said...

Very pretty!

garofit said...

This is SOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!

Purple Ivy said...

Wow kudos to the sweater.The back is soo cool. Modern day superwoman you are.

xoxo
Ivy
http://www.purrpleivy.com/

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Holy crackers, this is amazing. I can't believe you made that sweater yourself. It's gorgeous and the styling is perfection!

KissMeKatie22 said...

Love the whole outfit, but I'm seriously coveting that hat! Your hairstyle suites it perfectly :)

KissMeKatie22 said...

Love love love the whole outfit, but I am seriously coveting that hat! It suites your hair and skin tone perfectly! :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love your sweater!

Joanna said...

The back of your sweater is very impressive! Congratulations on a great accomplishment! I bet you wish your sweater could sell for over a million like an Action 1.

liliesandremains said...

Whoa dude. I think were all thinking "cuuuuute!"... and then got to the picture of the back and all our jaws dropped. That's really incredible, i can't even comprehend planning out every single stitch like that. Incredible!

art deco dame said...

You're so talented!That is glorious!

Charlotte Issyvoo said...

This is too awesome for words. Love the sweater and love the outfit you put together to go with it.

Abbi Jane said...

My goodness!

What a lovely sweater, and an equally lovely outfit (I especially adore those glasses).

I really need to learn how to knit!

Bunny Moreno said...

Super fab chica! xox

BaronessVonVintage said...

GENIUS! You are the super hero of knitting and vintage outfit making! :D

Kim Campbell said...

Amazing! You need to copyright your pattern and sell it!

Debi said...

OH My Goodness...this is the most amazing sweater I have ever seen!!

Kristian said...

I thought it was cute when I saw the front but got blown away by the back! Oh my goodness! Awesome!

Lara Tura said...

This looks absolutely FANTASTIC!! Love the action back - business at the front - party at the back!
AHKA VINTAGE BLOG

Taiko Haessler said...

Best sweater in the history of sweaters.

Lisa said...

I was impressed with just the "S"...but the back of it! WOW! Great work!

The Professor said...

You do realize I just had my comic book geek of a husband, who BTW is majorly into Superman, SCREECH with awe and excitement as he looked over my shoulder at your blog. The back is MOST IMPRESSIVE! And it fits you deliciously! WAHOO! AWESOMENESS! hehehehe ... :D

The Glamorous Housewife said...

So I am reading your post, admiring that fantastic sweater and thinking, "wow, that S is awesome". And then you showed the back and my jaw just dropped and I literally gasped out loud!That is a stunning sweater, you are incredibly talented.Wonderful job! *golf clap

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Nikki NamNams said...

As an artist who has mostly created cartoons and comics and as a lady who loves vintage, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Can I internet-hug you?! Too bad, it's happening. *hug!!!*

Rachel Proffitt said...

You hit the ball out of the park with this one- what a fabulous sweater- the back is just AMAZING :) Well done!

GracefullyVintage said...

Wow you are so so so talented - it is amazing!!! Love the whole outfit too! I love your shoes!

missfairchildscharmschool said...

Oh WOW! I just love that sweater. Well done.

Renee said...

Amazing. Wonderful job. It looks so cute with the red skirt.

And I love your shoes.

Johanna Retrolover said...

This is totally awesome!!! Nicely done!

retrolover.blogg.se

Brooke F said...

I thought it was pretty cute and clever from the front and then when I saw the back...wow! AMAZING!!!

Rachel said...

Good God the back is impressive! I can't even imagine how much work it took to knit that out, and it looks amazing, and like it would be so much fun to wear! I love it.

SANNE said...

Oh wow, it's fabulous! You are a very talented knitter! The back is amazing! How on earth did you do it? :)

Rebecca said...

superduper awesome cute! and then there's the back! wow! you did some major colorwork there!

List Addict said...

Absolutely amazing - what a great job you did. I have a pair of those shoes - what a great idea to pop different coloured laces in them. Hope you love the movie!

Lisette said...

Solanah, is there no end to your talent? Please, please, please tell me you are going to make this pattern available!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Flat out, no questions asked incredible. I mean it with total sincerity when I say this is awesome sweater is worthy of hanging in a museum one day.

♥ Jessica

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

I am in awe. Not just that you could knit this, but that you designed the pattern as well--that can't have been simple! So fabulous, Solanah.

The Boyer Family said...

Golly, Solanah! You have outdone yourself this time! Your sweater is just fantabulously amazing!

Brigid
The Middle Sister and Singer

Julia said...

Wow, pure perfection. I'm sure I could just stare at that sweater for hours. Terrific job!

LandGirl1980 said...

Amazing-NESSSSSSS!!!!!!

Jennie Whitwood said...

This is the greatest jumper I have seen in my whole life!

Charlotte Thomas said...

Oh gosh you have the most perfect figure! That outfit is so lovely too, fun and elegant. Absolute tops.

Charlotte - blotandreapply.blogspot.com xx

Helen Le Caplain said...

Designed AND made by you? Holy smokes - it's amazing!

www.mancunianvintage.com

Hope said...

How adorable you look - from the top of your hat to the sole of your shoes! I love the colors!

I a floored that you made this sweater!!! It is spectacular! I agree with Jessica...it will probably someday be a museum piece. If I did not know better, I would believe that it was from the 1940s.

:) Hope

toridawn said...

i L-O-V-E this! ummmm, butalso i'm very excited to see the supernatural outfit post!!! Dean inspired perhaps? ;)

Lady Danburry said...

INCREDIBLE. You deserve a gold star and a million dollars for this.

Hannah said...

Amazing! Vintage plus geekery, I adore it xx

laura redburn said...

LOVE this look! those shoes are particularly fabulous too.

Flora Amies said...

You have real skill!! So impressed - if there ever comes a time when you stop wearing this you should frame it and hang it somewhere in your house.

Flora

www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

Sara y Miguel said...

Que camiseta más preciosa! Estás guapisima con todo el conjunto!

Lucy Feng said...

Oh my god!! That is insane! Such a creative approach to vintage fashion! <3

wardrobeexperience said...

what a fun idea to combine you two fav interests! love not just the sweater - but the whole outfit.

shewasdazzling said...

Solanah you're so talented! That's absolutely fantastic

xx Evangeline

mary van note said...

You're a fucking GENIUS. #hadtoswear #sofuckingamazing

Rebekah Bradford said...

OMG, you made that sweater? No way! I love how it's superhero themed (awesome!) and very vintage style (super awesome!). I also love the way you wore it!

Palmingo said...

Amazing work! You look stunning. Keep on knitting

Mim said...

That's brilliant!

Katie A said...

Your sweater is too darling for words! I wish I was able to make one for myself *sigh*

Danielle Valenzuela said...

How amazing! I am in the process of learning how to knit...its not easy haha!


www.vintageinspiredblog.blogspot.com

Heidi Dewhirst said...

You are a marvellous woman :) love this!
x

heidis-box-of-various.blogspot.com

luckylucille said...

Stop. Being. So. Amazing. You're killing me!! YOU are a knitting super woman. Amazing amazing amazing.

MissNathalieVintage said...

*Mind...blown*

Loran said...

I'm sure someone else has said this but just in case they haven't...you've inspired me to want to try knitting again. Between this and your Victory sweater, just AMAZING!!

Sabrina said...

you MADE that sweater???! That is fantastic!

puttingontheritzz said...

This jumper is INCREDIBLE. You're so talented. I am looking through your blog for the first time.
-Ritzz

Alli said...

LOVE IT! Soooo cute!

Lora said...

Your knitting skills are ridiculous! Makes me want to bust out my yarn collection and start practicing.

-Lora
hungryheartvintage.com

Kačenka said...

Amazing!!!

Fabie CrazeeGirl said...

Incredible work ! i love it and like the way you won't find it anywhere else .

Laurence said...

LOOOOVE it!!!!
I'm also a huge superman fan....
You look gorgeous, I like the glasses idea, so Clark kent...

Betsy Hatter said...

Love, love, love this outfit. I wish I had the patience to knit :) x

SkintMum said...

Would you sell the pattern at all? Or post instructions on the website? I'd love to make that.

yasminjadee said...

Wow I totally envy your style !

<3

yasminjadee.blogspot.com

Lydia McKenzie-Stephens said...

Gosh, I hope I can eventually be as good at knitting as you are! I would love to design my own knits!

http://misskittyrouge.blogspot.co.uk

Mary Lou said...

omg i´m so in love with your sweater! you can be really proud of yourself darling, the design and colors are brilliant and the result just fabulous, i wish i could knit too, but in my family it´s only my mum who knows to knit, so i keep it with sewing my clothes;)
by the way i´m really happy i came across your blog darling!
kiss,mary
http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

Leila Adams said...

Wow! I love this look! The top and skirt is beautiful! xx

Jeremy [Retro] said...

i love it... it's like Lois Lane... cheering for her super hero...

Jeremy H.

New Look, New Name and Same Suff...
[Being-Retro]

maryfibe said...

I saw these and thought of you!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/captain-marvel-fingerless-gloves

Ronja said...

Please put this up on Ravelry!!!

Emily said...

I don't know which is more amazing - the back of the sweater, or those SHOES!

Nope, it's the sweater. Gorgeous work!

Wendi said...

Wow your sweater is amazing!

Aimee Marieee said...

Can't even wrap my head around how anyone would hand knit that pattern. Well done and then some!

Crissy Candypow said...

SO AMAZING.

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

Holy Dang. This is genius.

Aurélie Sweet said...

Beautiful!