Vintage Notions Monthly: August • Amy Barickman

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Vintage Notions Monthly: August

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Thanks for joining me in my next 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 continue to inspire me.

The August issue provides some sound advise by both the editor and the Director of the Institute, Mary Brooks Picken! Keeping Faith with Ourselves and Fidelity to Honest Purpose both bring to our awareness the need to focus on our continuing personal growth.

From Fidelity to Honest Purpose:

“I know a woman who for years has bemoaned the fact that she was not a good cook, and O, how she has wished that she could cook well” But as Billy Sunday would say, “she has always had her wishbone where her backbone ought to be.” I know many expert cooks who have happily acquired their knowledge of cookery right at home in less than a year. Only the other day I read of a mother who is just completing a four-year college course, and all during her attendance at college she had the care of a tiny daughter — another case where the desire was great enough to surmount the obstacles.”

From Keeping Faith with Ourselves:

“Let us maintain our standards. Let us recognize that the one way in which to reach the goal of our desires is for the body and the head to go together. And, above all, let us, even is we do falter at times, strive earnestly to overcome our temptations and to keep faith with ourselves”.

August also brings us articles on summer clothing styles, hat trends and a cookery department list of drink recipes called Cool Drinks for Sultry Days! I especially want to try the fruit punch & iced chocolate!

Each issue also includes amazing illustrations of 1920’s fashion! August’s issue features slenderizing styles, sports apparel, coats and wraps, and home dresses. 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 Ponchos Made of Towels.

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 9. 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 Magazine is a beautiful peek into American History!



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