Do you think home sewers and crafty people in the 1920s could actually create these costumes with the unbelievably limited directions the publishers give in these articles? I have my doubts. Still, the illustrations are pretty cute.
Most of the costumes have no instructions at all (simply suggesting you apply fabric or crepe paper to a foundation garment), and there is no mention of a mail order pattern. Also, there was no hot glue!
Here are the individual directions given for three of the costumes in the last illustration.
Frog Costume: A frog costume is unusual and distinctive. It may be made of cambric, chambray, sateen, satinette or poplin. This costume is suitable for adults, misses and juveniles.
Witch Costume: Witch costumes are always seen at fancy dress occasions. A 36″ bust requires 13 3/4 yards [this is not a typo!] of 36″ sateen. The lower edge measures 2 1/2 yards and can be worn by all.
Pierette Costume: A Pierette costume is pretty for women, misses and juveniles of 26 to 40 bust. A 36″ bust requires 4 1/2 yards of 40″ organdy for ruffles, etc., 5/8 yard of 40″ satin for sash and top of hat and 5/8 yard of 36″ satin for camisole. The costume, as can be seen in the accompanying drawing, is of peg-topped effect at the waist, tapering down to form to the ankle.
So . . . just pull out an old slip, grab some cambric, tulle, crepe paper or cheesecloth, and whip up one of these adorable costumes. Then send me your photos.