Era Fashions - What's New
Quick Reference Guide for Daytime Wear 1928-1931
The EFC has received many individual requests for a "portable" guide for shopping expeditions so that members have general information handy on what to look for in putting together an era-image outfit.
This new tri-fold brochure focuses on daytime styles and general hat information for both men and women and can be printed out and slipped into a purse or pocket. Make sure your printer is set for double sided printing!
Serged Seams in Commercially Manufactured Clothing during the Model A Era
In 2002, the EFC launched an extensive investigation looking for information and documentation that overcast or serged seams were available in the Model A era. Their research showed that machines that did this kind of stitching was in fact available during the Model A era, but that they were available to the garment manufacturing industry, mainly due to the size of the machine and its prohibitive cost. Furthermore, the use of the serged overlock stitch on everyday house dresses was not able to be substantiated at that time. Consequently, the research done by members of the EFC at that time resulted in the decision that “serged seams should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with acceptable dated documentation provided by the entrant.”
During our recent EFC meeting, we discussed this at length due to some recently found examples of dresses that are clearly from the Model A era stylistically, yet had side and armhole seams that were stitched using an overlock stitch. We did not have any new information to contradict what the previous EFC had decided. However, after much discussion we came to the agreement that if this type of seam construction was being used in men’s wear for pockets, undergarments, and for use on “any woven material, where a wide, tight stitch is desirable,” (as their research found) it wouldn't make sense for them not to use it on commercially produced ready-to-wear women’s house dresses made of woven materials.
As a result of our discussion, your current Era Fashion Committee has decided to insert the following sentence into the MAFCA Fashion Guidelines, page 3A-1, paragraph 3 and the FJPM Main Section, page 23 under Original Era Fashions: It should be noted that original commercially manufactured dresses could have a serged seam finish. However, machines that did zigzag stitching or serging were not yet manufactured for the home seamstress.
Revised and Simplified Fashion Tests
If you are thinking about becoming a fashion judge, or looking to advance your judging status you will be pleased to know the Era Fashion Committee has revised all seven fashion tests. The objective of the fashion tests has always been to enable the applicant, by means of an "open book" format, to familiarize themselves with MAFCA's Fashion Guidelines. The tests have been streamlined and will take less time than before to complete. We are always seeking individuals who have an interest in becoming a fashion judge. See the Era Fashions section-Tests of MAFCA's website to download the tests and a complete set of instructions.
Changes to MAFCA's Fashion Guidelines and the FJPM
Modern Bras: After much discussion and consultation, we have decided to accept modern bras in the Original and Reproduction Categories. We considered several factors during our discussion, chiefly the comfort of our participants, and the changing times. To that end, the Committee unanimously decided the following: We will amend the Fashion Guidelines and the Fashion Judging Procedures Manual to reflect a fashion entrant may wear a modern bra in the Original category without penalty. This amendment does not preclude the necessity for other appropriate era undergarments in the Original category.
The new text added to the Fashion Guidelines pages 1-13, Area C, and page 3C-1 and in the FJPM Section 1, page 26, Section 3, page 5 will read: "It is acceptable for an entrant to wear a modern bra in the original and reproduction categories."
Black Stockings with Seams: Language was clarified on page 3E-13 of the Fashion Guidelines. The sentence at the top of the page, "Black seamed stockings were usually worn with darker colored late afternoon and evening outfits" will be changed to "Black stockings with seams were usually worn with darker colored late afternoon and evening outfits." This clarification was necessary due to the availability of modern hosiery that is flesh colored with black seams. During the Model A era, the hosiery worn had seams that were the same color as the hosiery itself.
Modern Pantyhose: Although it has been considered acceptable by fashion judges for many years in the judging room, it was noted that nowhere was it officially written that the wearing of modern panty hose under original stockings was an acceptable practice. This is done to protect the fragile materials of original hosiery from damage. The new text added to the Fashion Judging Procedures Manual Part 1, page 28, and Section 3, page 6 will read: "In all categories, pantyhose may be worn under hosiery, for the purpose of preserving the hosiery."
Changes to MAFCA's Fashion Judge Classifications
As a result of queries during the judging season last summer, changes were made to the Fashion Judge Classifications for Apprentice Judge, Judge, and Senior Judge. The criteria for Master Judge has not changed. The new criteria is as follows:
August 18 2016 - The Era Fashion Committee is VERY excited about our new publication, The Fashion Files 1928-1931. This 212 page, full color book is a compilation of 118 fashion articles that have been published in The Restorer between 2000 and 2015. Articles are written by MAFCA members and cover a variety of topics. This is definitely a book you will want to add to your library collection!
This fabulous new book is only $25 plus shipping and handling!
Order yours NOW through the MAFCA Store online or by calling MAFCA Headquarters between 10AM and 4PM Pacific time - (562) 697-2712.
March 30 2016 - Pattern Catalog Update: Pattern #9888,
Women's Daytime Dress found on page 42 of the MAFCA Pattern Catalog has been identified as being a 1931 pattern. Our pattern, Superior #9888 is identical to pattern #9274 found in the Sears Spring/Summer 1931 catalog.
March 30, 2016 - Were nose veils used on hats in the Model A era?
The following statement was found in the editor's column entitled, "Vignettes of the Mode," in the magazine Fashionable Dress, March, 1928, p.5:
October 29 2015 - The Fashion Judging Procedures Manual has been updated, effective October 15, 2015. If you are planning a MAFCA sanctioned fashion judging event, please make sure you have the most up-to-date copy.
The MAFCA Fashion Guidelines 2015 Edition is now available at the MAFCA Store. This new version of the MAFCA Fashion Guidelines has corrected some minor punctuation and grammar errors and has included both updated and new fashion information.
MAFCA Fashion Guidelines Updates - Corrections to your 2010 Edition:
If you prefer to make corrections to your 2010 Edition of the MAFCA Fashion Guidelines, the file "Pen and Ink Update Instructions" will guide you to the correct page and the corrections to make. If numerous changes were made to the page which affected its readability, those pages are included in the file "New and Replacement Pages." Simply follow the directions given for each of these files.