Friday, April 24, 2015

Excerpts From the Past • Clarks O.N.T. Fashions

As per request from Brigid, I'm sharing the 1930s Clarks Fashions book today! We picked up this magazine at an antique store for just a dollar or two, and it's an absolute gold mine! Pattern after pattern for nothing but lovely styles of hats, sweaters, dresses, gloves, and even purses!

There is a sad part of this story, however; (insert weeping violins) when we got home and looked at it, we discovered that there are a couple of pattern pages missing. It is very sad, but there is still plenty of goodness left in the magazine to make me happy.

Ironically enough, the lady who originally owned this magazine was named Esther! That's a fun coincidence, don't you think?

The patterns for the projects are towards the bottom of this post.

Unfortunately the pattern is missing for this gorgeous blouse. If you felt adventurous, you could probably make this blouse with no pattern! It looks simple enough.

Yes!! There is a pattern for this dress! Somehow I can't imagine crocheting a whole dress, but it's actually a rather neat idea. It's so beautiful!

(no pattern for blouse)
That jaunty hat looks fun to crochet, don't you think?

I'm starting to think I might want to make this "Russian Turban." It looks quite cute on the model!
Don't you just love that little coin purse?

Another lovely ensemble.

(no pattern for blouse)
Oh, how I wish I had the pattern for this blouse! It's such a beautiful, feminine design.

The first part of the pattern for this blouse is missing, but the second half is on the first pattern page that I have. It could perhaps be invented based on that!

Ah-ha! A knitted dress! Brigid, I expect to see you wearing this next week. 
It's not like she couldn't do it. 
I also love that beret. Someday I will conquer knitting in the round, and when I do, this will be the first thing I make.
First I need to conquer just plain knitting...

I used this pattern for my crocheted collar. I stopped after the 13th round (omitting that extra front part) because I thought it would interfere with the design of my dress. It would be fun to make it as the pattern says, however, to go with a simple 1930s blouse.

More lovely accessories.

Ahh. This cape. I'm going to make it. It's just the thing to keep me warm without crushing my puffy '30s sleeves!

Now for the patterns! The partial pattern on the left is for the Striped Yoke Blouse.

I hope you enjoy using these patterns! Be sure to comment if you make any of them so I can see your lovely creations! :)

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  1. Oh, what fun! I just love everything! How sad that some of the patterns are missing. :( How happy that there are still so many good ones there, though! :)

    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

    1. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the book! :)

  2. Great find! Are you crocheting edging n your gloves? That is such a pretty idea. : ) I love adding crocheted edging to different things.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! No, I haven't crocheted an edging on any gloves yet; I have a hard time finding gloves that are big enough, and the couple of pairs that I do have already have an edging. But it does sound like a lovely idea if I find some plain ones! (Or make them!)

  3. What a pity indeed to not have all the patterns, but the ones that you shared are positively DE-LIGHT-FUL!!! I think I too might have to get out my crochet hook once again and try out that Russian Turban, or the Tilt Hat (looks like THE perfect hat for Spring/Summer). Though I think I may have to decline the challenge of knitting up the two-piece dress in time for next week. I'm not that fast you know. ;) Though I just might have to try the top half, in a modified version, for a summer top... :D

    Thanks again ever so much for sharing Esther!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing the patterns, Brigid!! Aren't they great? I could look at pictures from back then all. day. long. :)
      I can't wait to see the projects you might make from the patterns! :) I'm sure you'll look adorable in them.
      You're very welcome, Brigid!!

  4. Oh, and I didn't even notice how CUTE the striped yoked blouse, NO. 7 is! SOOO CUTE!!!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  5. I am so often struck by the phenomenal quality and skill of the photos at work in vintage knitting (or crocheting, sewing, etc) books and this one is certainly no exception there. They're works of art amongst the practical how-tos of garment and accessory creation and can be such a stellar source of styling inspiration to boot. Thank you for sharing this beautiful booklet with us, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. You are so welcome, Jessica!! The photos are indeed stunning; the style inspiration - even the hairstyles are just gorgeous! I could look at them for hours!

  6. A beautiful booklet ~ thank you so much for sharing. :) The cape at the end definitely caught my eye as well. I'd love to make this one up for winter, and neat little throw to keep my shoulders warm in my favorite dresses! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill


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