When the library has a book sale fundraiser, I am always there. It is amazing how I eventually find most of the books I have been looking for. For example, when we were first married and living in Sacramento, I got a Batsford embroidery book, Practical Embroidery, from a downtown bookshop. The book was great but didn’t have the basic information about how to start and end your threads, etc. The book said that all that information was in their first volume, Let’s Embroider. I couldn’t find that book anywhere in that pre-internet age, but 30 years later I got a great copy from the booksale. Nowadays, I am always on the lookout for vintage sewing and knitting books and pamphlets. Here’s what I found yesterday:
On the left and right are two books by Adele P. Margolis, the wonderful sewing writer who lived to be 100 and was writing another volume in her 90’s about fitting the aging body. In the center is Clothing Construction by Evelyn A. Mansfield. This is a 1953 college textbook, a wonderful book full of great pictures and technique how-tos. Here’s a sample page showing how to make Chinese knot closures and buttons:
If you ever get a chance to get this book, it is well worth the investment. Especially if you can get it at the library book sale for $1. I also found some assorted vintage and more modern books on sewing. The Bishop Method book, which my mom had a copy of, dates from 1966, and the McCalls book is from 1957:
The McCall’s pamphlet is from 1967, and the other books are from the 90’s.
I finished up the batik blouse but still haven’t photographed it. Now M wants me to make the same top out of some Indian gauze from the stash, so I hope to cut that out soon. In the meantime, I am working on fitting some patterns for A.