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!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Excellent Models for Useful Garments

1913 08 page 12

Ladies’ Combination
Corset-cover and short petticoat are combined in this design, No. 6310.  Both open in front, and are joined together at the waistline.  The corset-cover is plain, and will make no wrinkles to show through the outer garments.  The neck is low, and there are no sleeves of any kind.  The petticoat fits snugly at all points, and has just fulness enough at the lower edge for the comfort of the wearer.
These garments are now made things of beauty by a clever selection of materials.  Crepe de Chine in the lighter qualities is the favorite fabric, and after this a very fine and sheer batiste or handkerchief-cambric, with insertions of Valenciennes lace or of Cluny.  Colored ribbons are run through beadings, and the fashionable woman chooses these to match or at least to harmonize with the tones of her outer costume.
The pattern, No. 6310, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the combination in the medium size will require 1 5/8 yards of 45-inch material, 3 7/8 yards of insertion, 3 1/2 yards of beading, 4 7/8 yards of ribbon, 2 yards of wide edging, and 5 1/4 yards of narrow edging.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.

Ladies’ Work-Apron and Cap
The woman who wears this costume, No. 6300, when working, will certainly look as charming as in any other style.  The apron has a plain blouse, slightly full at the waistline.  The closing is in the back.  The neck is cut out in a small round outline, and the sleeves have a suspicion of fulness at the shoulder where they are inserted.  They end just below the elbow.  The skirt-portion of the apron has a wee bit of fulness at the belt, and is attached to the blouse beneath a belt.  There are two patch-pockets on the sides of the front.
This apron may be worn over the dress, or it may replace it, as it resembles a dress as much as it does any apron.  The most appropriate materials are gingham, cambric, calico, and the like, and colored wash-braids may be used as trimming, binding all free edges, and forming the belt.
The apron-pattern, No. 6300, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the apron in the medium size will require 4 5/8 yards of 36-inch material.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.

Ladies’ Maternity-Gown
This gown, No. 6289, offers great comfort to the prospective mother, and at the same time will preserve her appearance to the last.  It is made with a body lining, which should be of something good and heavy, such, for instance as unbleached muslin, or sateen.  The fronts and the darts must be boned and then the edges can be laced, instead of being stitched together, and eased as desired from time to time.
The outer portion of the garment is very pretty, with a shaped Empire yoke, cut down low in front and finished with an ornamental collar.  The lower portion of the gown is arranged in two box plaits in front, and these have plenty of give to them, and can be readjusted as needed.  In the back there is an underturned box plait; and this, also, is large enough to give plenty of plan in the material.
These gowns can be made of all wash-materials, and cotton crepe is among the best.  Figured sateen is also good, and of course the figured and plain Japanese silks and satins, and the various soft crepe fabrics are also desirable.
The gown-pattern, No. 6289, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the garment in the medium size will require 6 3/8 yards of 36-nch material, 5/8 of a yard of 22-inch trimming for collar and sleeves, and 1 1/8 yards of 36-inch lining.  Width of lower edge, 3 1/8 yards.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.


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