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Vintage Notions Monthly: May

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Thanks for joining me in my fourth installment of our monthly club where we are revisiting our 2016 Vintage Notions Monthly magazine issues. The timeless wisdom and inspiration that are found in the pages are a joy to explore.

The May issue marks the change into the summer season!  The letter to the editor speaks of how one of the Institute’s book “The Secrets of Distinctive Dress”, was starting to be used across the country in colleges as a domestic arts textbook. How exciting! We are pleased to let you know that in our current 2017 issues, this books is being shared with you chapter by chapter so you get experience this book as well.

In the article “Vacation Needs Anticipated”, Alwilda Fellows discusses how vacation clothes are much more interesting than “usual clothes.” Isn’t that still true today? Don’t we all buy or make new clothing to wear on our vacations so we look special on our time away. My favorite parts of the article address the bathing costumes. Does this sound like what the kind of swimwear you’d like to try?

“The style should be modest, but, even so, it may be decidedly smart and attractive. The variety of materials ranging from cottons, through woolens, to silk are being featured in bathing costumes. Wool is preferred by the majority of persons, however because of it’s warmth.”

You will also enjoy articles on updating your hats, procrastination and indecision (don’t we all need this lesson?), and the Great American Dessert – PIE!

Each issue also includes amazing illustrations of 1920’s fashion! May’s issue features some beautiful dress styles including bridal wear, chemise dresses, three piece costumes and more. This section titled Fashion Service not only provides the artistic renderings of these fashions but also a detailed description of the garments including materials, alternations and other interesting details.


Each issue contains our simple the Magic Pattern! A magic pattern is a stylish sewing project that does not require a printed tissue like modern patterns. You simply use your personal measurements and the guides provided in the magazine to create your fashion. This month’s project is the Mother Daughter Blouse.

Each issue also provides a helpful chart with guidelines on taking accurate measurements so you get a good fit!

Join me next month as we explore Issue 6. For more information on purchasing back issues or signing up for a monthly subscription to Vintage Notion Monthly, visit our magazine page. A FREE copy of the Vintage Notions book comes with every yearly subscription.

Author Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions Monthly club review right here!



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