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A Fashion Moment With Woman And Home: April 1965

woman and home april 1965 issue cover with a woman in a knit pink sweater and skirt

Years ago I found a stack of these vintage UK Woman and Home magazines at the thrift store. I only bought a few of them and I’ve always kind of wished that I’d gotten some more. Anyway- there are lots of great vintage advertisements in them. (I’ve shared some other Woman and Home pages in the past here and here) The best and worst thing about vintage magazines are the ads: they are simultaneously great and hilarious…. and depressing. In this issue, for example, there was an ad for Walpamur Emulsion paint with insecticide in it that boasts “No fly can settle on this paint and live”. Despite their claims to the contrary, I think that no child could touch that paint and live either. But I digress.

This April 1965 edition featured a 20 page pullout with knitting patterns, an article about Terylene dresses available to purchase, several hairdressing ads with great 60’s hairstyles, and quite a few Bri Nylon advertisements. Ah yes, the introduction of synthetic materials- too bad we never came out on the other side of that trend.

vintage 1965 knitwear of an olive green dress and sweater set and a yellow skirt and white top

vintage april 1965 woman and home issue featuring a pink dress and sweater

april 1965 norvic shoes advertisement

vintage april 1965 advertisements for clothing

vintage 1965 woman and home feature on knitwear and clothing
april 1965 sirdar brand nylon advertisement

vintage 1965 knitwear of a dress and matching sweater and a short sleeved top

april 1965 woman and home knitwear by bri nylon

vintage 1965 gerber advertisement

april 1965 hair foam advertisement

vintage 1965 twink hairdressing advertisement

vintage 1965 childrens clothing ladybird brand advertisement

 

A Fashion Moment With (1959) American Thread Company: Easy Fall Knitwear

Easy to Make fashions Star Book 149 front cover on a knitted background

We’ve been enjoying a beautiful long fall, with warm temperatures for most of the past month, but in the last few days it’s dropped and that wind is cold in the mornings. I’ve still been wearing my summer wrap skirts and short sleeved tops, albeit with a coat on top, but these last few days have put me in the mood for cozy knits. And what better way to get in the mood for colder weather than some good vintage knitwear! Today I’ve got the 1959 “Easy to Make Fashions for the North, South, East, West” by American Thread Company, Star Book No. 149.

cropped cardigan with velcro fastening for collar

First up this lovely cropped cardigan. I will take one each in black, brown, camel, sage, rose and navy please. Interestingly, this one features a detachable collar, fastened with Velcro, which was still extremely new at this point, having been invented only a few years before in 1954.

vintage long cardigan coat

On the other end of the spectrum is the long cardigan, which can be made to any length you like. I love this late 50’s look, where the styles held onto some of that 50’s glamour, but had loosened up a bit.

two vintage cardigans

Now for two lovely cardigans…and I have cropped the models faces out of the images because whoever owned this pattern book thought it was a good idea to draw their faces with a blue pen! The cardigan on the left reminds me of Welsh knitwear designs- it’s so intricate!

his and hers cardigans and pullover knitwear

Now for some his and hers pieces!

vintage easy to make fashions Star book 149 knitwear

yellow vintage cardigan from American Thread Company

I love this yellow one, it’s like an upscale version of a hoodie.

looped and fringed sweater and toque from American Thread Company

This is my go to winter look- well not with that toque! But I love tucking a pullover sweater into a skirt, especially a cute plaid one like that.

And lastly two beautiful stoles!

Which vintage knitwear pieces are your favourites? Are you looking forward to sweater weather again, or would you prefer that the temperatures stayed warm a while longer?

knitted stole from Star Book 149

A Fashion Moment With (1949) Styles By Beehive: Sweater Weather

Styles By Beehive by Patons & Baldwins cover featuring a knitted sweater vest, skirt and sock combination

I found this great vintage knitting book when we were organizing our new sewing/craft room. It was mixed in with some sewing patterns and books from the 1980’s, so I’d never looked closely at what was in that folder (the anorak pattern dissuaded me) but when I emptied out that folder to put on the shelf, I came across this book by Patons & Baldwins Limited Toronto: Styles By Beehive Series No. 40. The back page was torn, so I didn’t know what year it was from, but judging by the styles I guessed 1940’s. I was able to track the year down online and I was right; it was from 1949! This book was my Grandma’s and it was open to Page 9, the “Antelopes” sweater, below right, which is why much of the colour is rubbed off that page. I wonder if she ever made that sweater?

I hope you enjoy seeing these lovely 40’s fashions!

styles by beehive ski sweaters from the 1940's

styles by beehive by Patons & Baldwins book with a lady wearing a dressy knitted sweater

On a different style note- I love the waistband of this skirt, above, it looks kind of like a half waistcoat.

styles by beehive book with several ladies wearing knitted pullovers and cardigans and a head scarf

The checked grid pattern on the cardigan above adds such a great detail.

styles by beehive by Patons & Baldwins lady wearing a pair of jeans, knitted boots and a casual cable knit cardigan coat

The earliest “Uggs”, above.

styles by beehive knitted accessories

page 1 of the styles by beehive knitted accessories featuring socks, scarves and gloves

Would you wear a hood like these?

page 2 of styles by beehive featuring accessories including hoods and socks

styles by beehive pages showing a lady wearing a tennis outfit and another with a casual pullover sweater

styles by beehive book featuring ladies wearing straight skirts paired with knitted pullover sweaters and cardigans for a dressy look

I like the texture of the one on the left, above.

styles by beehive by Patons & Baldwins lady wearing a cardigan and skirt combination

styles by beehive lady wearing a sweater with a hare and tortoise pattern knitted into it

I love the cardigan on the right, below, too. It’s lightweight and would look so nice paired with a skirt.

styles by beehive by Patons & Baldwins two ladies wearing dressy knitted sweaters

Wear Vintage Now | Book Review

Wear Vintage Now book by Margaret Wilds with jewelry, shoes a hat and a purse around it

I met Margaret Wilds of the shop DeniseBrain Vintage on Instagram a few years ago. I believe it was through the #myvintagecover challenge that Tanith Rowan and I hosted in 2017 and 2018, and I have been following her blog ever since. (I have linked to her posts in the past here and here) In 2019 Margaret asked me whether she could use one of my photos in a book she was writing. I was, of course, honoured and said yes! I finally was able to buy her book, Wear Vintage Now: Choose It, Care For It, Style It Your Way, just over a month ago, so I thought I’d share a review of it here.

Note: I purchased this book myself, and was not asked to give a review or receive compensation- I just wanted to share it with you all. 

wear vintage now book wrapped in pink tissue paper

Firstly, in terms of the book itself, it came beautifully wrapped in bright pink tissue paper… and I was so excited that I ripped it off before I took a picture- oops! But at least I was able to get a picture of the sticker afterwards. Also, Margaret signed the book for me, which was such a nice touch; I love buying things from small businesses, since it feels like you’re opening a gift.

It is a softcover book, 150 pages, and she did such a sweet cover design (the cover is laminated with a soft touch, velvet finish too). The only critique I have of the book is that I wish the pictures were larger! But I know that would have changed the price of printing…and so I completely understand why they were on the smaller side. I just wish I could have seen even more details!

As for the content, I really liked her premise for the book, “Who can wear vintage? I can’t think of one single person who can’t!” She focuses on several topics: how to find your vintage “look” or “style”, how to shop for vintage online and how to care for your vintage pieces.

In the first section, she shares tips for styling vintage, whether you want to be what she calls a “time traveler” or a “modern/vintage mixer” (which is the category my picture is in!) She then moves on to talking about which pieces to select if you’re new to wearing vintage, and easy pieces to add to your wardrobe first if you’re not quite ready to dive in headfirst. This section is definitely aimed at those who are new to wearing vintage, and I wish I’d had this book 10 years ago when I first got interested in wearing vintage clothing.

wear vintage now book open to the page my picture is on

In the next section she shares tips on how to measure, figure out what will suit you and make wise purchases avoiding pieces that are going to be more of a headache than a joy. With over 20 years of experience in collecting, repairing and selling vintage clothing, she has a wealth of knowledge about buying vintage online. I don’t buy very much clothing online, but armed with her tips, I actually might start doing so.

Since I’ve been following vintage blogs for years, I honestly wasn’t sure whether there would be much “new” information in this book for me, but I really liked her final chapters on “Taking Care of Your Vintage Finery”. She shares a lot of information on fibre content, laundering and stain removal, damage prevention and storage. I learned more than a few new cleaning tricks that I will definitely be using in the future.

And then in the final section she gives some information about vintage reproduction and alternatives to authentic vintage, in case you’re interested in a vintage look, but true vintage is not an option.

Margaret’s love and passion for vintage clothing shines through her entire book, but especially in her last part titled “Wear Vintage and Make the World Brighter” where she says “Vintage fashion is the creative, high quality, thoughtful and beautiful answer to fast fashion. Go forth and wear it well!”

I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself; those are my exact feelings about vintage clothing as well.

If you have any interest in wearing vintage clothing, then this is the book for you. I’m glad that I finally bought Wear Vintage Now because it will be a great reference to have on my bookshelf.

The book is available either through her Etsy shop, or via her website. (I purchased through her website, since the shipping on Etsy was cost prohibitive to Canada).

Vintage Fur of Yesteryear

wearing a tan wool jacket and a fox fur stole

There is danger when you scroll through the Poshmark “vintage” tag with the intent to not purchase anything, because you very well might just find something to purchase. And when you’re looking at vintage items (especially when you find one for a good price) you know you might never find anything like it ever again. I’m not usually an impulse buyer, but when I saw this little vintage fur fellow in excellent condition, I decided he had to come and live with me.

wearing a tan wool jacket a fox fur stole a pearl necklace and a cream ring

I know that feelings run high when it comes to fur, and some people might find wearing a fox fur stole macabre, but I quite like this little guy. Fur collars and stoles with the head and tails were very popular through the first half of the 20th century, and in my vintage Sears catalogue books they have quite a few available in the 1920’s and 30’s. In a world of PVC and polyester, where fur, and even leather, has started to become taboo, it is strange to see advertisements for furs that can’t be mistaken as anything but dead animals.

wearing a tan blazer embroidered shell and pearl necklace

I haven’t had an occasion to wear him out, so I had to create my own occasion for his debut. I actually don’t know whether I will ever wear him; I think he would need a very particular occasion, and he is kind of hard to wear because of where the clasp goes. I’m also a little concerned that despite the fact he is in great vintage condition, furs do become fragile with age and I don’t want damage him through pulling and strain.

Anyway, the moral of this story is: don’t browse through vintage clothing unless you are fully prepared to bring some pieces into your collection!

closeup of fox fur stole