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Classic vintage sewing book lands in my lap

I was beside myself when a friend passed along the following to me recently:

The new jewel of my vintage sewing book collection

It was among some books she acquired from a relative a while ago. My friend is interested in sewing, but is not an avid sewer, so she thought this would have a more appreciative home with me.

This is the real deal from 1952, first printing, with the dust jacket. It promises: “Complete, step-by-step instructions showing you how to make smart additions to your wardrobe. You can become an accomplished dressmaker while making clothes you will want to wear.” It takes you through the construction of 14 garments from patterns widely available from Vogue Patterns at the time the book was published. Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing is based on this book.

Here are a few choice pages:

The late-day, short sheath dress

The slim chemise dress

The fitted, grey flannel suit

I love vintage sewing books and can read them like novels. Alas, my planned rewatching of Downton Abbey will have to wait. I’ll be devouring this for the next few days.

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