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McCall's Magazine

May 1908

"Self Transferable Embroidery Patterns"

and

"Useful Styles in Guimpes or Embroidered Shirt Waists"

For your convenience, we have combined two articles from May's issue. You will be able to view the illustration of an original 1908 McCall's shirt waist (blouse) pattern illustration and an embroidery design used on it. Click upon the embroidery design, and you will go to a printable enlargement of it. These sewing patterns are out-of-print. Another article, in this May issue, "New Styles in Jumper Gowns", references using these shirt waists to complete the outfit.

Disclaimer: These articles are being presented as an educational resource of women fashions during this time era. The Costume Gallery, or its owner, Penny E. Dunlap Ladnier, does not sell or make sewing patterns or print publications. The Costume Gallery is not affiliated with the McCall's Corporation.

 

Embroidery Description for this costume- Shirt Waist Front. This design is intend for a waist buttoning in the back, and is most effective if done in a shadow stitch, although the edge maybe outlined and the petals are filled in with French knots. The space in between the lines is for lace insertion, which should be continued to the seams. The collar and cuffs may be made of rows of lace insertion to match.

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Original McCall's Pattern No. 2071, Shirt Waist Description (upper left)

The pattern of this waist is cut in seven sizes, from thirty-two to forty-four inches bust measure. It closes in the center back, and the neck can be finished as illustrated or made in open style, as one prefers. The sleeves here shown are in leg-o'-mutton shape that is extremely fashionable this summer, but if one prefers they can be made in a short puff style or can be, in this style, extended to the wrists by fitted cuffs.

 

 Embroidery Description for this costume- Shirt Waist Front. This design is intended for a shirt waist buttoning in the back, and maybe worked in either eyelet or solid. Lace insertion should be used in the space between the two lines. The cuffs and collar are made of rows of the same lace insertion.

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Original McCall's Pattern No. 1372, Shirt Waist Description (upper left)

This illustration shows a waist suitable for dressy occasions. It is of very sheer lawn, trimmed with lace and embroidery. The puffed sleeves are also trimmed with lace bands on the cuffs. The collar of this waist is in three styles, square, high or V-shaped. The fullness for the front is given by a single wide tuck on the shoulder, the front trimming of lace and hand-embroidery being displayed to advantage by this arrangement. The pattern is cut in six sizes, from thirty-two to forty-two inches bust measure.

 

 Embroidery Description for this costume- Shirt Waist Front . This design can be made to open either front or back. Transfer either on fine lawn or butcher's linen, or Indian Head, a good substitute for linen at about half price. Outline or fill in the pattern and do the holes eyelet work.

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Original McCall's Pattern No. 1156, Shirt Waist Description (upper left)

This pattern can be used for either a slip or guimpe, to be worn under a transparent waist or a jumper, or a pattern for an embroidered shirt waist. Our model shows it made of thin white lawn and decorated with shadow embroidery in chrysanthemum pattern. The sleeves can be either short or long. The pattern is cut in five sizes, from thirty-two to forty inches bust measure.

 

 Embroidery Description for this costume- Shirt Waist Front. This shirt waist maybe opened either front or back. The entire design is to be outlined with the exception of the body of the butterfly, which should be solid, and the circles, which may be worked eyelet.

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Original McCall's Pattern No. 9100, Shirt Waist Description (upper left)

A shirt waist, guimpe or slip, embroidered in the effective butterfly pattern, is here illustrated. It is cut with a plain front of the material, with the slight fullness gathered into the waistline. The sleeves are full at the tops and are gathered half way below the elbows into fitted cuffs of the material trimmed with embroidery and lace. The pattern is in eight sizes, from thirty-two to forty six inches bust measure.

 

Embroidery Description for this costume- Shirt Waist Front. This design is intended for a shirt waist buttoning in the back, and may be worked in either eyelet and solid or entirely solid or eyelet work. The cuffs and collar to match appear in a design in the next section.

Click to view 7.5" X 10" Pattern

Original McCall's Pattern No. 2071, Shirt Waist Description (upper left)

This embroidered shirt has leg-o'-mutton sleeves, according to the very latest hints from Paris, but if preferred it can be made up with puffed sleeves, as both are included in the pattern. The neck can be finished in open style or completed with one of the new stock collars, as shown in the illustration. The pattern is in seven sizes, from thirty-two to forty-four inches bust measure.

Bibliographical Information:

"Useful Styles in Guimpes or Embroidered Shirt Waists", McCall's Magazine, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, May 1908, pp. 691, 722.

"Self-Transferable Embroidery Patterns", McCall's Magazine, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, May 1908, pp. 713.

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