One thing I’m going to try and do more of on the blog is to show you some of the original 1920s, 30s and 40s magazines, catalogues and books from my collection. Today, I thought I’d start with a recent purchase, a Vogue Pattern Book from October – November 1935. I’ve decided to do this in two parts so I can keep the images nice and big for you to have a good look at, and have a read of the wonderful text. You can click on each one to view a larger version. I have picked out a number of my favourite patterns, rather than including the whole book, as it’s got nearly 100 pages.
The book itself was used in a store for the sales assistant to show customers the sewing patterns that are going to be released for those months. On some of the photos you can see the hole in the top left corner where it was allowed to hang from a piece of string for easy access. I would love to go back in time and experience going into a haberdashery shop or department for myself and having beautifully coiffured sales assistants attending to my every need.
As you expect, there’s quite a lot of coats featured, due to it being from the Autumn. I couldn’t help but feature most of them, I love 1930s coats! You’ll also note that the colours are extremely autumnal, from greens to browns and from yellows to burgundies. It’s such great inspiration for my sewing later on in the year. The last two pages show a huge collection of swatches to show off the latest fabrics for the season. I really wish these were coloured photos, but nonetheless, they’re an amazing insight into the types of fabrics used at this time. And as you may have guessed, I’m already on the hunt for modern day versions of these!
Anyway, enjoy and look out for part two soon…