Welcome to my blog about Home Arts Needlecraft Magazine! I "discovered" this publication about 2 years ago and fell in love with it to the extent that I had to start collecting issues as I ran across them. The magazine began publication with its September, 1909 premier issue, and continued through March, 1941. It has been interesting to follow the changes through the 30 plus years the magazine was published. It is a great source for needlework, fashion, recipes and short stories. Through my journey of sharing my issues online, I hope to discover a pattern of what was popular in different forms of needlecraft over the 3 decades. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I am (so far!) enjoying posting articles and projects from the issues. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Season’s Cleverest Modes

1912, November, page 17

Clever Fall Costume
Features of the new fall costumes prominently shown in the clever costume given in design No. 5965 include the vest and charming front plaits on the skirt.
These are details that at once mark the garment as distinctly new, and smart, and up to the minute in style.  The dress shows the fashionable front closing, and may be made with regular or Empire waistline.
The Empire effect continues very popular, as it is a style becoming to most women.  However, there are some to whom this type does not appeal, and such may use the regular waistline, without in any way impairing the good lines and beauty of the frock
This dress may be worn at the present time without a coat, and later in the winter will give good service under the long cloth or fur wrap.  It may be fashioned of serge, whipcord, cheviot, diagonals, checks and plaids.  The contrasting goods is of satin or moire, and sometimes soft silk velvet is used with delightful result.
The chemisette, which is removable, is made of allover.  The stylish skirt is a six-gored model.  The dress, while of fine appearance, and full of fashion-features, is not in the least difficult to construct.  Instead, its construction is well within the range of the home dressmaker’s skill
The pattern, No. 5965, is cut in sizes from 32 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the garment in the medium size will require 8 ½ yards of 27-inch material, 6 yards of 36-inch goods, or 5 yards of 44-inch fabric, with ½ yard of 24-inch satin or other contrasting goods, and 5/8 of a yard of 22-inch allover.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.

Handsome Coat
The coats for the coming winter promise to be more elaborate than ever before.  Much lace and other rich trimming is to be used, and there is a great vogue of fur. The handsome coat shown in model No 5961 is fashioned of navy-blue velvet, with the large fancy collar of heavy lace over navy-blue satin, and the edging of white fur.
The wide cuffs correspond, and the sole ornamentation aside from the above-mentioned embellishment, is a jet-and-braid ornament with which the garment is fastened.
This coat is very simple to make.  The lines are excellent, and the gracefulness and charming character of it cannot fail to appeal to the woman of discernment and good taste in costuming.
If a velvet coat may be thought too elaborate, the model may be delightfully carried out in satin, silk, or any of the new and attractive cloths which are to be had for this purpose.  The collar and cuffs may be of any desired contrasting material, and if fur is not desired, rich silk or beaded braiding is a splendid substitution.
The pattern, No. 5961, is cut in sizes from 32 to 44 inches bust measure.  To make the coat in the medium size will require 8 ¾ yards of 27-inch material, or 7 ½ yards of 36-inch material, with 1 1/8 yards of 22-inch allover, and 3 ½ yards of fur.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.

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