You can find Australian Home Journals - as well as the sewing patterns - for sale on Ebay, at charity shops and at jumble sales priced anywhere between 50c to $25. There's also a selection of them available to read online here at the Australian National Library.
I thought I'd share a few of the fashion and sewing related sections of the earliest edition in my collection, from May 1946.
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|The pattern for the two dresses on the left were included in this edition.|
|This is one page of the catalog of sewing patterns available for mail order|
|Another page of the mail order catalog|
|Another page of the mail order catalog. It's obvious that ruched seams was 'in'.|
|Another page of the mail order catalog - this page was for younger fashion.|
|One of the knitting patterns included - for a pretty twin set.|
|These segments of fashions worn by current starlets are throughout the magazine.|
|another starlet fashion segment... I like the big bow!|
|more fashions from the stars. They tend to all be Warner Bros. studio starlets.|
|I'm quite taken by the outfit worn by this starlet.|
|One of the sewing hints segments - who wants a black velvet peasant waist belt?! I do!|
|Another sewing hint segment - I also want a 3 tiered apron.|
|I thought this sewing hint segment was interesting as it showed how women made do without things during the war - like zippers.|
|Sewing hint segment - applique on skirts.|
|Frankly, I'd probably only wear hat B...|
|I had to laugh at the beginning of this Horlicks drink advertisement. "I was ashamed of him!"|