I collect Girls Own Annuals, and recently added a delicious 1928 edition to my collection.
It came complete with monthly fashion notes – wherein the latest from Paris is described and adapted for daily wear, and little tips on re-making and using bits and bobs are given.
This one in particular caught my eye, first, for the fascinating description of hairpieces, and second, for a great example of 1920s historicism: ‘A Poke Bonnet lined with a lace cap, a la the 18th century’. The Historicism challenge for the Historical Sew Monthly is gone, but I still love historicism!
The ideas for using ribbon remnants and bits of fur are a great illustration of how those without Parisian budgets could stay in the mode.
I can’t decide if I want the bonnet, the evening frock with fabulous hip drapery, or the amazing pieced blouse most! Which is your favourite?
Definitely the pieced blouse but I also like the draped cross front top with the ruffle & the gown but with out the bow. It would be lovely in a deep teal satin/silk with a peacock print lightly beaded back as the focal point maybe a peacock feather on the front as well. Just my ideas though. Blessings Baa
Genevieve D’Ariaux’s “Elegance” talked a lot about reusing and using up pieces of fur–and to respect the animal, if I remember.
I like everything with a high neck. It is cold here, and I have a cold. I wants it!
Definitely the blouse. It’s very cool, and it’d be brilliant for work.
Oh, the bonnet! So charming! Isn’t ‘poke bonnet’ a great name? Is that because it pokes forward? (I packed my Oxford Dictionary.)
Oh Miss Fisher!
Oh my! The poke bonnet is very fetching! I don’t blame you for not being able to decide! Such lovely illustrations. That evening frock is awfully swanky, and the pieced blouse would be stunning made up. The “lace pouch and cuff” on the frock with the poke bonnet are rather interesting. I’m wondering how they would look in motion. And I think that bit of plaid ribbon round the square neckline is adorable. 🙂