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The Fashions of The Ford Model A Era

As you may notice from the picture above the fashions throughout the years has changed drastically, it is up to you to decide for the better or not.  Prior to the 1920’s the fashion have women covered completely from neck to toe and you did not go outside without you hat!  Around the turn of the century things got a little more relaxed and women were now starting to show a little cleavage (before this time only a “working girl” showed this.)  The 1920’s The Great War (World War I) had ended just a short time before and women were going for a style that was less cumbersome, fewer layers.  The new trend had brought a style that had more loose fitting dress that basically hung straight down off the woman’s shoulders, seldom fitted at the waist and a shorter length (Can you imagine the men of the time, they were now seeing women legs below the knee in public).  Then in the 1930’s women were still wearing the shorter dress length but the dress trend was more form fitting at the waist.  Both the 20’s and 30’s you still did not go outside without you hat, though the hats were more simplified in style, generally smaller and form fitting to the head if you did not have a hat for your outfit you would wear a headband with decoration to match.   While I took you on a brief description of the fashions this page is dedicated to the fashions worn during the Ford Model A era (1928-1931).  We will cover fashions for women, men, girls and boys.  When it come to fashion of this time periods you may note that while fashions have a defined period this did not mean that it was all that was seen during those years.  While the fashion trends were changing you would still have men and women that were still wearing some older fashions (some people just did not like change).

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2019 Membership Meet Savannah of MARC

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Our club fashion coordinator is Shirley Zepeda who has provided me with information contained in these fashion pages so I and the club wish to give Shirley our thanks for everything she does.

The first thing you need to know when dealing with antique clothes is:

Cleaning and Storage

The rules for cleaning are:

  1. Vacuum the garment while covering it with a fiberglass screen.
  2. Fabrics that can be washed should be supported on a fiberglass screen when wet so the fabric doesn’t tear.
  3. When a garment looks as if it could be cleaned professionally take it to a reputable cleaner who knows it is an antique and will handle it gently.

Storage of clothing should be in archival or acid free boxes.  Use unbuffered acid free tissue paper to wrap the separate garments if the fabric is silk or wool.  Buffered acid free tissue paper is recommended for cotton and linen textiles.

Use of moth-proof potpourri to keep moths, silver fish, crickets, etc. from the clothing.  Put potpourri in a net bags on top of the clothing to form a barrier in the box to keep critters out.  Never use moth balls since they are highly flammable.

If you have the cloths hanging in a closet use padded hangers.  All beaded clothing should be stored flat and never hung up.

In conservation all repairs should be stabilizing repairs not necessary neat.  Silk crepeline can be used for support in repairs either over or under the tear.

When handling the clothes please use a pair of white cotton gloves to keep the oils from your hands from transferring to the garment.

Resource List

The following are just a small list of places to get items for the repair and conservation of your garments.

Fabric and Reproduction Supplies

3675 Reed Rd.
Columbus, OH. 73220


Buttons, Inc. – Sadie Jackman
P.O. Box 7572
Dallas, TX. 75209

Local Vintage Clothing Dealers

Caralee’s Fashions of Yesteryear
11424 Northview Dr.
Aledo, TX. 76008

Bon Ton
P.O. Box 151  (Hwy. 77 @ Main)
Forreston, TX. 76041

Helen E. Barnes
3312 W. 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX. 76107

Book Dealers

Schiffer Publishing LTD.
4880 Lower Valley Rd.
Atglen, PA. 19310

Conservation Supplies

Full Circle Herb Company
39582 Mohawk Loop
Marcola, OR. 97454

University Products
517 Main St., (P.O. Box 101)
Holyoke, MA. 01041-0101

213 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-1966

Fabric and Reproduction Supplies

Alter Years for the costumer
3749 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA. 91107

Amazon Drygoods
2218 East 11th Street
Davenport, IA. 52803-3760

Past Patterns
2017 Eastern S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI. 49507

63 S. Main St. Box 5506
Newton, CT. 06470

The 1909 Company
63 Thompson St.
New York, NY. 10012

Fabrics, trims & Laces
Washing paste for clothing
Sodium parborate dry powder for white clothing







Caralee Biery Smith
By appointment only
Victorian thru 1940’s
Clothing and accessories

Barbra Kaufmann
Open Thursday thru Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Men’s & Women’s clothing and Accessories
(1920’s up to 1970’s)

Booth at Antiwues & Moore #345 & 346
3708 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington, TX.
Clothing and accessories 1920’s back to the turn of the century


Wooden Porch Books
Rt. 1 Box 262
Middlebourne, WV 26149


Moth proof potpourri and herbs
Retail – $50.00 minimum order



Acid free tissue paper
Archival boxes for hats & costumes



100% silk chiffon crepeline for repair work vintage clothing



Books, Patterns for clothing/hats


Books, reproduction corsets, sewing notions, yard goods, fans & accessories, men’s hats, patterns for women’s clothing


Reproduction patterns for men, women & children’s clothing – Average cost of patterns $25.00



Patterns – Under $20.00



Expensive Reproduction clothing

Link to MAFCA Fashion Pages

MAFCA Fashion Publications Fashion Publication from MAFCA

MAFCA Era Fashions Articles Page  –

Era Fashions Sewing Patterns for Men, Women, Boys and Girls –


Link to Fort Worth Model “A” Club Fashion Pages
We hope to add children’s fashions soon.