|Fancy Needlework Illustrated, No.132, March 1936|
The other disembodied garment shown on the front cover is an embroidered gardening smock - completely impractical, unless you're picking flowers, or perhaps deadheading roses. Nothing more strenuous than that. As the cover suggests, there is rather a lot of embroidery in this issue. Too much for me, certainly - I'm not a fan of embroidery if I'm expected to do it myself.
But there are more knitted and crocheted garments inside, including a nice knitted jumper with a buttoned front and a little collar. It takes only 300g. of Ardern's Star Sylko size 5 (a mercerised cotton thread) - but then it only fits a size 34 in. bust (86cm.) and is only 17 in, (34cm.) long.
There's also a pattern for a crocheted collar and cuff set with a matching powder puff case. "This collar and cuff set with be found invaluable for the business girl. It will add a bright spot of colour to her smart business frock, and as it is made of Ardern's crochet cotton there will not be any accidents in the wash." The colours suggested are Spring Green, Amber, Heliotrope and Sapphire, which would certainly be bright. (I didn't know what colour Heliotrope is, but according to Wikipedia it's pink-purple.) The stitches used are Rice Stitch and Solomon's Knots, which doesn't mean anything to me, but probably will to a crocheter.
Finally, there is a pattern for "Foundation Garments in Crochet" - a "well-fitting set of suspender belt and brassière", also in Ardern's Star Sylko size 5. To call it well-fitting is wishful thinking - the fit of the bra is entirely due to lengths of elastic, sewn to the bra to crossover at the back. The crocheted part would only fit someone small enough not to need to wear a bra at all, it seems to me. As for the suspender belt, the less said the better.