I just finished another T-shirt for A in Simplicity 3759. I really like this pattern, easy to sew and very flattering.
One of my favorite old books is this Butterick Dressmaking book from 1916. It has chapters to explain the markings on the old patterns and some very good sewing instruction.
This picture is not the best, but you can see that the book explains construction details, in this case a cuff. The next picture shows a pattern front for a ‘waist’.
I am glad we do not have to wear voluminous petticoats anymore, but they were certainly pretty. I still have a length of hand embroidered lace that used to grace just such a petticoat for my grandmother. If it ever turns up in the sewing room, I will take a picture of it.
Right now I am doing ‘paper’ sewing. Most of the patterns you buy nowadays have multiple sizes, so I trace off the size I need onto butcher paper. I bought a huge roll of paper at the restaurant supply store and use it for patterns. It is strong and takes ink well.