Model A Ford Club of America
Sacramento, California Chapter

Quilted Taffeta Handbags

During the Model A Era, many women used their sewing skills to make purses and clutches to go with their outfits. Patterns and ideas were often found in magazines such as Needlecraft and Woman’s World. According to an article on page 49 in the February 1929 issue of Woman’s World magazine, quilted silk taffeta purses were “among the season’s smartest contributions to the costume. The chic crispness of their material and their simplicity of design recommend them for general use with street clothes, while their wide range of colors makes it possible to match the daintiest of afternoon and party frocks.”

For those of you who are crafty, you might want to try your hand at making a matching purse to go with your next Model A Era outfit. This is what a trio of ladies did in the Rock--Ford A’s Model A Club from Rockford, Illinois. When Nan Stewart of the Rock-Ford A’s came across the directions for these bags in the aforementioned article, she excitedly shared her find with fellow club members Chris Aupperle and Alice Whitney. When completed, they measure about 9 inches X 10 inches. Chris painted the wooden button closure on her bag to match the fabric. Find the instructions and full article on MAFCA. com in the fashion section.