Hello dearies! Another month, another Magazine Monday. Once again, Cassie (from Calico Sisters) and I are sharing some pictures from our magazine collections with you all. And, best part yet, I am adding a link-y widget down at the bottom, if you want to share your vintage Magazine post with all of us! Another update is, you can now click on the images (excluding the image above) to get a closer view of the delightful illustrations, knitting instructions, recipes, etc. that are displayed on the following pages.
Updates aside, today I am going to share with you all the first in a long list of Needlecraft Magazines from the 1910’s-20’s. I managed to find a HUGE box of these delightful handicraft magazines at a local Library Sale for an amazing price: less than $5! And I think there are over 30 magazines, spanning from 1915 to the mid 1920’s. And, because there are so many, I’m only going to be sharing my favorite pages and, unfortunately, I’ll be sharing them in non-chronological order. So, first up: Needlecraft, October 1919.
The reason I really wanted to share this particular magazine with you all is because of the positively delightful fashion illustrations that are displayed in the following images, and a story to go along with one of them.
Aren’t they just splendiferous? And those skirt forms are SO cunning! So, the story that I have to share is about the ladies’ skirt on the lower right hand side. Yes, the one with the delightful pockets and topstitching. I actually made up my own version of this skirt a few years ago. It was a simple, rectangular affair made out of denim. It had several flaws (vertical buttonholes being one of them. Don’t EVER use those on a skirt if you plan on them being functional) but I wore it anyways. Until the vintage buttons that I used started shattering. After that fiasco the skirt went in the mending pile, from which nether region it has not emerged since it was first set there. I still love the silhouette of the skirt, so perhaps someday I may try again, with a lighter weight material. Which skirt is your favorite? Or do you prefer one of the dresses?
If there is one thing I truly adore about the 1910’s and 20’s fashions, it is the positively delightful handwork that they put on otherwise simple garments. The blanket stitching and soutache braid. The topstitching and appliqués. Such delights! And another thing I love about that era? The illustrations! Though you could probably already tell that by how many I am sharing with you all today. 🙂
I haven’t read through too many of these recipes, but an apple dessert certainly sounds delicious in this cold weather season. Perhaps I’ll take a look at the “Apples a la Parisienne” or the “New York Apple Charlotte”. On second thought, the simple “Apple Fritters” sound quite delightful.
And, since this is a Needlework magazine after all, I have included two pages of needlework patterns for you all! One for crochet trims, and the other for a knitted trim. And also, take a wee bit of time to read the “What Other Needleworkers Have Found Out” section. It amazes me how women used to take the time back then to write in to these magazines to help one another and give each other tips. I suppose that really is what we bloggers do today, right? Sharing tips with one another, whether it be through a blog post or a comment.
Oh, and one last thing, just because I had to: Congoleum Art-Rugs. Next time I’ll share an antique Keds ad (if I can remember which of the 20+ magazines it is in!).
Which dress/skirt is your favorite?
Do you crochet or knit?
Which of the Apple Recipes sound most appealing to you?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer
P.S. Congratulations to Emilee for winning our Lilla Rose giveaway!