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The Delineator February 1897 Ensemble | 1890s Winter Fashion

Below is the description of a winter outfit from the February 1897 issue of the  Delineator magazine. The Delineator was founded by the Butterick Publishing Company to advertise Butterick sewing patterns. The magazines also included sewing and millinery tutorials, fashion advice, needlework patterns, housekeeping tips, and social news. Click here  to read scans of The Delineator from the 1880s to 1930s.  Period magazines and advertisements like this are a great way to better understand how garments were made and fabrics used. They provide context on how and where the outfits should be worn. The pattern descriptions in The Delineator also describe how fabrics widths and which fabrics are suitable to which garments.

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