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!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Three Summer Dresses and a Useful Wrap

1913 08 page 8

Ladies’ Cape
The cape of to-day is a utility garment, and must be made with an end to real protection.  The model herewith illustrated, No. 6313, is of soft camel’s hair, with a hood-collar of the skirt-material.  The length of the cape may be arranged to suit the wearer, but for a really useful garment the long cape is of course best.  The collar extends in the back I hood form, and this will be found handy in wet weather to slip over the head when driving, or walking short distances.  This cape can also be used for evening wear, and in that case some such material as charmeuse, crepe de Chine, bengaline, moire and the like will be most appropriate.   It is now customary to line these heavier materials with plain and figures chiffon for evening use.
The cape-pattern, No. 6313, is cut in sizes small, medium and large, or 34, 38 and 42 inches bust measure.  To make the cape in the medium size will require fur full length, with hood, 5 3/8 yards of 44-inch material.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.
Ladies’ Dress
In this design, No. 6319, we have a fresh variation of the popular coat-blouse style.  The garment is made practically plain at the upper part, with drop-shoulder, long sleeve and a peplum in cut-away shape.  The neck is provided with several styles of finish.  It may be high, with a standing collar, round as shown or without the chemisette at all, leaving a great deal more of the neck exposed to view.  The peplum also may be short, as in the illustration, or much longer, coming almost to the knees.  The pattern provides all these different changes.
A two-piece skirt completes this costume, and the model is made with a few gathers in the back, in the newer mode and with the closing in the center of the front.
No better style than this could be found for colored linen, which can be scalloped by hand in white.  It is also an ideal design for ratine, and either one or two colors may be used.  For silk and crepe fabrics the style is excellent and it will also be satisfactory for the more simple ginghams that are within reach of every purse.
The dress-pattern, No. 6319, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the dress in the medium size will require 5 7/8 yards of 36-inch material.  Width of lower edge is 1 ¾ yards.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.
Ladies’ Dress
Something distinctly out of the common is shown in this flounce dress, No. 6302 and No. 6303.  The blouse is a shirtwaist of the simplest character.  It has the long sleeve and the body in one, and it may also be made with the drop-shoulder and a three-quarter sleeve as the pattern provides for these changes.  The neck is finished with a pretty flat collar of moderate size.
The skirt of this costume touches an entirely novel note.  The seeming flounces are in reality tucks, and the skirt is a one-piece design.  It has either plaits or gathers at the top, and may be made with either the high or the regulation waistline.
Such a costume as this made of figured cotton voile would be at once dainty and cool and stylish.  If heavier fabrics are used the tucks can be hemstitched by machine.  It is quite a fad at present to use thin materials for these skirts and then to run ribbon through the tucks.
The waist-pattern, No. 6302, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the waist in the medium size will require 1 5/8 yards of 44- or 54-inch material.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.
The skirt-pattern, No. 6303, is cut in sizes from 22 to 30 inches waist measure.  To make the skirt in the medium size will require 3 3/8 yards of 36- or 44-inch material.  Width of lower edge, 1 ¾ yards.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.
A Shirtwaist-Suit
This natty costume, No. 6291 and No. 6292, is just the thing for morning wear, whether for shopping or for informal calls.  The waist shows a model with a long shoulder-yoke and the drop-shoulder, carried unusually far down on the arm.  The sleeve is plain and is finished at the wrists in the approved shirt fashion.  At the neck the waist is quite open and is trimmed with a handsome collar, ending just in front of the shoulder-yoke, where a tie comes from under the edges and passes through a strap in the front.  The closing is in the center of the front of the waist. 
With this simple waist is worn a skirt which has a suggestion of drapery in the new manner.  The model may be made with either two or three gores, according as a seam is placed in the center of the back or not.  This arrangement allows the use of either wide or narrow materials.  At about knee-depth the front gores are extended in square tabs and a bit of the cloth of the back gore is caught in to give the draped suggestion.
Waist and skirt may be made of one material, or two may be selected.  This is entirely a matter of preference, and if wash-fabrics are used for the waist, plain Japanese silk should not be overlooked, as it is very fashionable and very comfortable
The waist-pattern, No. 6291, is cut in sizes from 34 to 42 inches bust measure.  To make the waist in the medium size will require 2 1/8 yards of 36-inch material.  Price of pattern, 10 cents. 
The skirt-pattern, No. 6292, is cut in sizes from 22 to 30 inches waist measure.  To make the skirt in the medium size will require 3 1/2 yards of 27-inch material for the two-piece skirt, or 4 yards the same width for the three-piece arrangement.  Width of lower edge, 1 5/8 yards.  Price of pattern, 10 cents.


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