Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Vintage Magazine Snippets


In one of my vintage shopping hauls last year, I picked up a number of old magazines, mostly British Women's Weeklies. I wanted to show you some of my favourite articles, advertisements and illustrations from inside.


I love vintage refashion advice. It's great to see how they recommend completing each of the trims. No. 1 is my favourite, with the wreath design!


 This illustrated a fictional story, and shows lovely coat and cloche combinations.


This one is illustrating an article about not giving up your life when you find a man, and giving him space too. It probably helps your relationship to look this casually stylish and windswept too!


Advice for dress-up costumes for little girls from the 1920s? Yes please! Adorable. I found an newspaper article about a school performance involving my great-grandmother's aunt (after whom she was named) in the roll of fairy princess. It's interesting that an "inexpensive" costume in those days involved making it completely yourself, which I think would be seen as the seriously-dedicated option today.


Another refashion article, this time, doing up last year's frock! I wouldn't mind reading more of this "New Series".


These are ads for patterns you can send away for. I love the two directions of stripes on this sporty dress.


I'm not sure this would be flattering on many people, but it's a cute illustration.


Simple and adorable!


I love advice column sections too, especially for fashion. "We wear it on everything these days" certainly seems to be true when you look at some old 1920s photos.

I hope you enjoyed these bits and pieces!

14 comments:

  1. These are amazing! I love the advice on how to do up last year's frock and how to make a cloche out of an old hat. So practical! I hope to make some 1920s garments this year.

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  2. This isn't helping my 'make 20's outfits' want in the least bit. Everything looks so cute! I agree with Emileigh, I like the how to fix up last years frock idea. (And I'm laughing at 'we wear it on everything' Oh 20's, you're so crazy)

    Carla, TinyAngryCrafts

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    1. I love the look of 20s outfits but I don't think they are right for me though, except for the hats perhaps :) I hope you do create some fun 20s looks. I think they would suit you!

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  3. Wonderful snippets darling. What a wonderful find. I love all the beautiful cloche hats. Even if they usually look atrocious on me.

    She Knits in Pearls

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

      I have to say that I have heard people say that cloche hats are flattering on everyone, and I think it is far from the truth!! They are a difficult style. For me, they need to have enough trim to move them away from that "skull cap" look and give some height or width. Or a bit of a brim. I'm afraid the examples in that first article probably wouldn't work well for me at all!

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  4. Very much so! Thank you for sharing these marvelous vintage (nearly antique) snippets of the stylish past with us. I'm especially taken by the fairy costumes - my inner five year squealed when she saw those! :)

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. I enjoyed these. I like the remake of last year's frock and I like the whole outfit in the third illustration.

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  6. What an amazing find
    Retro rover

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    1. There are more, so I will try to share some more good bits soon!

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  7. Fascinating and beautiful pieces! :-)

    Beta x

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