I’m always on the lookout for old sewing books and pamphlets at the library booksale and at thrift shops. Here are two new acquisitions:
This is a large ring binder and has nice illustrations and is dated 1961. It is very basic, and is not a comprehensive sewing book that will answer your every question. For example, if you are looking for information on sewing a kick pleat, you won’t find it in the index. For beginners, though, it is a very good basic sewing book. Below is a sample page showing french seams.
The book was well worth the big $1 price I paid at the library sale and is in nice condition.
The pamphlet is small but packs in a lot of information in its 64 pages. It is dated 1951, so it is for the post-war, short-of-money-and-materials population. There are lots of hints for making do with what you have, refashioning, and decorating.
The page below was kind of funny, because of the way the grandmother is pictured. The older generation is thought of as a lot peppier these days, since grandma is probably line dancing down at the Senior Center or scuba diving in the Bahamas:
Today I am actually following through on my goal to alter some basic patterns for myself. I decided to start with a princess seamed, 3/4-length sleeve blouse, and have just started tracing off the pattern. It is a lovely day here in California, a little chilly but sunny. Spring is on the way, I hope.