Summer has officially begun and I thought it would be nice to take a nostalgic trip back to what the ladies and girls used to wear in the early part of the 20th century.
This example was taken from a Needlecraft magazine that sold patterns for dresses. You’ll notice each one has a number next to it. They sold for 10 cents each.
The magazine gives quite a detailed description for each outfit. You can see them below. A little hard to read in the post, but you can click on it so it will open in another window where you’ll be able to enlarge it.
These dresses look perfect for summer. Soft, flowing material, cool and comfortable for a summer picnic in the park.
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Today I’ve chosen an article about lace from a 1904 Delineator Magazine. It doesn’t give instructions on making lace, but provides a glimpse into it’s uses in the early 20th century.
An American women’s magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Delineator was founded by the Butterick Publishing Company.
It featured Butterick sewing patterns, fashions of the day, needlework and short fiction stories.
I only have a few, wish I had more, but I love to look through and read them.
The scans include the advertisements which can be fun to look at and see what kind of things were for sale and what they cost back then.
Here is the article:
1904 Delineator Magazine Article Modern Lace Making
The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.
Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.
Victoria Magazine Nov 1995 Thanksgiving
I ran across a group of 1990’s Victoria magazine back issues in my local thrift store. I had never seen it before and was excited to know it existed. As I flipped through the pages I was impressed by the wonderful articles and spectacular photographs, that frankly would look lovely framed.
Victoria magazine celebrates the romantic living during the Victorian Era and inspires us to relive it by including articles on home design and decoration, recipes, gardening, entertaining and fashion. They encourage women to follow their dreams by providing book recommendations and bios of successful women entrepreneurs.
Many of the back issues of this magazine are highly sought after since many collect them and therefore are always on the look out to fill the gaps in their collections. I’ve sold most of ones I put in my eBay store, but there were a couple I kept that I just couldn’t part with.
Publishing of Victoria ceased in 2003 but fortunately was reintroduced in 2007. They now have a website and their own Facebook page. Keep an eye out for them and pick up the back issues when you can, you won’t be disappointed.