Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

1927 Unmentionables

Today I'm bringing you an extant piece from the Purfylle collection. 

1927 Unmentionables
It appears to me that these were made but never worn.

1925-27 Unmentionables

The fabric shows aging marks. 

Martha W Moyer, Evening School 11/17/25-27
 The label reads:
Martha W Moyer, Evening School 11/17/25 27
side opening 1927 underwear
There are openings on both sides.

buttonhole 1927 underwear
The openings have buttons holes back and front on both sides.

placket 1927 underwear
 Each opening has a placket.

placket stitching 1927 underwear
The plackets appear to be hand stitched into position.

placket construction 1927 underwear
Front and back use the same strip of fabric for it's placket. The placket encloses the back opening as you would with bias binding and faces the front opening.

seam construction 1927 underwear
There is also a button hole in the center of the waistband at both the back and the front. The inside of the waist band shows the french seams.

seam stitching 1927 underwear
Care is taken where the seams intersect to fold them in opposite directions to reduce bulk. 

chain stitching 1927 underwear
Although the garment is hand finished the seams appear to have been machine stitched. Early sewing machines stitched chainstitch. Chainstitch would appear as straight stitch on the top and chainstitch underneath.

waistband stitching 1927 underwear
 The stitching on the inside of the waistband.

leg opening 1927 underwear
The leg holes were a simple round hole without any slits.

leg opening stitching 1927 underwear
Inside the leg opening you can see both machine and hand stitching. 

leg opening with lace trim 1927 underwear
The fabric for the garment appears to be linen.

lace detail 1927 underwear

Likewise for the stitching and lace.

1927 underwear

1927 Unmentionables

Would you be happy wearing these unmentionables?


  1. Fantastic, I love period clothing and looking into it all. And never even though about pant. Makes you wonder what people will say about pants of today in 80 years time x

    1. And of course in 80 years time it will only be the poorly fitting ones that have survived. I want to know what the comfy ones were like in the 20's.

  2. *whistles* Hubba hubba! Wonder how many models would want to be photographed in those!! ;)
    I dunno, personally, I think I could rock them. Then again, I'm at the point in my parenthood where I'll do just about anything to embarrass my oldest so I can't really say the decision comes from sound judgement :P
    Thanks for sharing these! Very cool to see throwback fashion.

    Nice to connect with you on The Art of Better Monday Mash-Up!

    1. I bet you'd rock them in amazing style. I think they'd be quite comfy if they were made in the right size. I laughed thinking of all the ways you could embarrass your kids with these :D

  3. How interesting! I never even thought about what they would wear. My "unmentionables" look a lot more comfy that theirs. Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope to see you on Saturday!

  4. Linen? Oh heck, no!! And the crotch in between the legs seems really wide!
    Gotta have all ctton- I guess I'm spoiled!

    1. Linen gets comfier the older it is. We don't get beautiful fine linens like this these days. They do seem to be a very strange shape, I think she probably didn't get that quite right and that's why they are still in existence instead of worn out.

  5. Good golly, imagine the time and effort women spent making their undergarments... Nowadays you can click a button and have a five - pack for each person in the family shipped to your door the next day. But I bet handmade lasted a lot longer!

    1. *Groan* I would hate to have to make all of my undergarments! But you're right, they probably would last a lot longer =)

  6. Good golly, imagine the time and effort women spent making their undergarments... Nowadays you can click a button and have a five - pack for each person in the family shipped to your door the next day. But I bet handmade lasted a lot longer!

  7. I could not wear these, I'm so used to my stretch cotton. These would realy take getting used to.

    1. It would certainly be strange to wear now. It's funny how we get used to our favs. I'm seeing a change in modern styles now too, at least cotton knit isn't going to go away any time soon.


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