Do Your Christmas Sewing Early: Gifts for 1925

Christmas Gift Suggestions, Delineator magazine, November 1925.

Christmas Gift Suggestions, Delineator magazine, November 1925.

“Do Your Christmas Sewing Early,” Suggests a Group of Gifts with a Distinctly Holiday Air

Along with making gift towels, napkins, and tablecloths trimmed with filet crochet, a Delineator article from November, 1925, suggests that you make this lovely combing jacket from orange Georgette and trim it with black sealing wax!

Orage Gerogette combing jacket trimmed with black flowers, Delineator, 1925.

Orange Georgette combing jacket trimmed with black flowers, Delineator, 1925.

The sheer combing jacket looks simple enough, like a large triangle with a neck opening — perhaps it fastened at the back of the neck. “Flowers painted in black sealing-wax are new as trimming for an orange Georgette combing jacket. The locks about to be combed are bound back by a head-dress of blue satin, gold net, and rosebuds.” Orange and black was a popular color combination in the 1920s, as was orange and blue. I hope no one ever tried to iron this wax-trimmed lingerie!

Accessories Trimmed with Ostrich Feathers

Feather trimmed accessories for Christmas, 1925: a silver evening bag, boudoir slippers, and a brush for talcum powder. Delineator magazine.

Feather trimmed accessories for Christmas, 1925: a silver evening bag (10), boudoir slippers (11), and a brush for talcum powder(12). Delineator magazine.

(10) “Powder and puff go to parties in a bag of silver cloth, veiled with blue silk net, edged with rhinestones and fringed with shaded ostrich.” (11) “Blue brocade shot with silver and blue satin makes exotic-looking boudoir slippers with blue ostrich and rhinestones trimming their tops. (12) The large swan’s-down puff is for the generous dusting of talcum powder. The satin ribbon winding the handle and the feathers and flowers are rose-colored.” The handle made it possible to powder your back before going out for the evening.

Garters with Painted Button Faces

If you know a would-be flapper, you should consider making a pair of these intended-t0-be-seen stocking garters.

Tassele trimmed garters with painted button faces, for Christmas 1925. Delineator magazine.

Tassel-trimmed garters with painted button faces, for Christmas 1925. Delineator magazine.

“The little round faces peeping out from the shirred background of blue garter are painted on silk-covered button- molds. A blue tassel swings under each chubby chin.”  This is a great idea for a 1920s themed Etsy store…. Imagine the fun a flapper got when she hiked up her skirt to remove the liquor flask tucked into her garter, and everyone got a look at these babes looking right back at them! You wouldn’t want to roll your stockings over these.

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Filed under 1920s, bags, handbags, Hosiery & Stockings, Purses, Underthings, Hosiery, Corsets, etc, Vintage Accessories

3 responses to “Do Your Christmas Sewing Early: Gifts for 1925

  1. Black sealing wax! Now why didn’t I think of that? But seriously, isn’t that a recipe for a quick trip to the trash can? But I am pleased to know that with my love of blue and orange I would have fit right into the twenties.

  2. I wonder how many things trimmed in wax were stupidly stored and ruined in someone’s attic if they managed to survive normal wear and cleaning. Such a strange element to add to clothing.

    I have some modern plastic buttons (probably laser etched) that look very similar to those painted silk-covered buttons! I bet those were the inspiration for the retro ones I bought a couple years ago. So interesting!

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