Hello Dearies! Oh, it seems an age and an age since I last shared a Magazine Monday with you all! This month we are back to the regular routine, complete with link-up (you can find that at the bottom of this post), and Cassie of the Calico Sisters sharing a magazine from her collection! I am here to share with you a very special magazine, the oldest in my collection in fact. This July, 1903 edition of McCall’s Magazine was gifted to me a few years ago from Charlotte dear for my birthday. I was in absolute awe from the moment I saw the cheery yellow cover when I unwrapped it on my special day. The figurative “cherry on top” was added when I noticed the magazine was printed in my birthday month! So, since my birthday is tomorrow, I thought it apt that I share with you today this memorable magazine that was introduced to me so many years ago.
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The first four pages I have shared here are all about constructing the “new” shirred waist. I absolutely LOVE articles like these where you can actually see the details that went into the construction of these amazing garments. Do you know that the blouson effect of the blouses and bodices from the 1900s was achieved, the majority of the time, by a fitted lining that the “blouse” was attached to? Such amazing feats of construction! Now why, oh why, can’t we think of such clever details of architecture to put into our garments today? If you want to learn how to make your own shirred waist, just click on the pictures to read the article in greater detail.
Now, I must mention right now that I don’t really care all that much for the “silhouette” of the early 1900s (the 1910s are more up my alley), but the details are just to die for! Would you just look at those tucks, and that shirring? Ah!
I love the delightful little buttons up the back of Pattern No. 7915. And the Sailor Blouse looks quite practical, does it not? Oh, and I find the “Diet for Nervous Women” to be quite intriguingly odd. Seriously, a diet of all milk? Hmmm… It would certainly help you sleep!
Now, I know that Pattern No. 7921 is technically a negligee, but I could totally see it being worn as an evening wrap today, couldn’t you?
If you observe the article in the upper left hand corner, you will discover the most interesting of facts: The little black dress is nothing new! I’ll let you read it for yourself.
When I was in my early teens, I always wanted a dress such as Pattern No. 7908, or at least with similar style lines (don’t necessarily care for all that shirring). Just the idea of walking around in high heeled boots, petticoats and such a darling dress makes my heart skip a beat! Though, I’m not quite sure how I would hold up in such an ensemble in the middle of blistering-hot July! No thank you!
If you want to have a more detailed look at any of the two pattern spreads above, just click on them to be taken to an up-close version.
Alright, link-up details! Simply link up your Magazine post (it doesn’t have to be written on a Monday) any time within the next 30 days for all of us to enjoy. And be sure to stop over by the Calico Sister’s blog to see what Cassie is sharing today!
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