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!


  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.

  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

    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!

  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

    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!

  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

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

  6. What an amazing find
    Retro rover

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

  7. Fascinating and beautiful pieces! :-)

    Beta x


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