Vintage Notions Monthly: October

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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 material found in these pages are inspiring and just as relevant today as they were almost 100 years ago.


The October issue contains an inspiring article to lighten your heart, “The Soul’s Sunshine” by Gustave Weinss. It’s something that will bring a smile to your face and help us to remember what is important in our world – spreading kindness.

Spreading joy on our way will lighten the cares of others; and of all the pleasures of life there is none that calls for the exertion of so little effort. And this point must not be overlooked: the practice of kindness develops in us a habit that will make us blend.  Kindness –the soul’s sunshine. Think of it in your daily life. Teach it to your children, your friends, your neighbors. Exercise it in your daily round of duties. Spread it everywhere you go. It will mean more to you than words can tell, for just as sunshine brings brightness to the world itself, so does kindness bring hope and courage and joy and happiness to it inhabitants.”

This issue contains a wonderful resource guide for adding finishing touches to “dresses” – which can actually be used to embellish and enhance any project from purses to aprons to ready-made garments. You won’t want to miss these tips & techniques. October’s issue also includes information on making crushy, draped hats, youth’s fall clothing trends, and Sunday-night suppers from the Department of Cookery!

Each issue also includes amazing illustrations of 1920’s fashion! October’s issue features the slenderizing styles, cover-all coat, home dress and a delightful section on junior & children’s fashion and hats. 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 Jersey Bed Jacket.

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 11. 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.

Vintage Notions Monthly is a peek back in time, celebrating the domestic arts, and wisdom of days gone by!



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