Vintage Notions Monthly: September

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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 and I love being able to share this material with you.

The September issue contains one of my favorite articles by  Director of the Institute, Mary Brooks Picken herself – “Happy Thinking”. This article is truly a blue-print for living in today’s world. The globalization of media has brought to light the harsh reality of living in today’s world. The doom and gloom can sometimes be overwhelming. Mary’s article helps us put our own happiness in perspective and remember it’s in our hands to be and remain happy:

A happy thinking mind’s a veritable antidote for mistakes and worries. Happy thinking people are always good company for themselves, as well as delightful companions for other folks. Bruce Barton has written an editorial that I have read often. The title is “Do You Bore Yourself?” Happy thinkers never bore themselves because they always have a little happiness retreat that is colored with the exquisite hues of imagination and appreciation. And from this retreat lead paths of gladness that are open always to to those who appreciate life, work, opportunity, and friends.”

This issue contains an interesting article on “Artful Simplicity in Hair Dress”. This article is filled with suggestions on hair arrangement but to also remember the importance of a nourished and stimulated scalp.  Detailed instructions are provided for giving yourself a firm but not heavy scalp message! It sounds so relaxing!

September’s issue also includes information on two-fabric frocks, fall millinery trends and some delicious salad preparations from the Department of Cookery!

Each issue also includes amazing illustrations of 1920’s fashion! September’s issue features the coat dress, upcoming winter fashions, the circular-tendency dress, and economy 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 One Sleeved Bias Scarf.

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 10. 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 magazine is a beautiful Vintage Made Modern peek into the past!



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