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my new vintage sewing book

Look what I got via air-mail! I was lucky enough to win a give-away over at cargo cult craft, and the prize was a vintage sewing book called “Complete Dressmaking in Pictures”. I was beyond excited to win this one!

In the give-away post I was really drooling over how detailed and solid the sewing instructions looked, and also the pattern (or instructions) for this afternoon dress. Isn’t it sweet? I can’t wait to make one!

The book has instructions on making blocks from measurements, which I am really excited about. I’m very interested in patternmaking, and specifically in the different approaches to making personally fitted blocks. I am so looking forward to trying this method, alongside other ones. (Oh, and a tiny little flying bug was also curious about the blocks – click to see the larger image)

There is a wealth of techniques in this book, and not only are they illustrated, but they also have catchy titles! “Pick your pocket” or “Take a tuck” anyone?

And of course… lots of things I haven’t even heard of before – such as “mantua-makers seam”. This is perhaps what I’m most excited about; learning new techniques! On my road towards becoming a seamstress extraordinaire, this will be a good tool I think! So, thank you Susannah, for making my week, and for providing my summer reading!

  • You lucky girl!!! I am slightly greenish with envy! But as long as you promise to teach me some of the secrets, I´ll be all smiles again :-) Besides, maybe we can trade secrets: I have a vintage sewing book from Berlin, published in the mid-fifties. Thee are some cool dresses in there too. Need to practice my German first maybe… Enjoy!!!

  • Susannah

    So happy you got the book safe and sound! I’m looking forward to see what you make of the instructions for designing from blocks. I really like the tone of that book — no mystery, no hoopla. It just coolly assumes you’re up to all the tasks it describes.

    Enjoy the sewing!

    • Oh, I meant to shoot you a note, saying I got the book alright! Thank you, and I’m looking forward to getting started!

  • Susannah

    So happy you got the book safe and sound! I’m looking forward to see what you make of the instructions for designing from blocks. I really like the tone of that book — no mystery, no hoopla. It just coolly assumes you’re up to all the tasks it describes.

    Enjoy the sewing!