I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I sure did. I thought I would share some (okay, most) of my gifts that pertain to my love of sewing and vintage.
Hem clips. One of my brothers gave me these hem clips. I hope they make hemming by hand easier since I won't have to pin and measure at the same time. It came as a set of twelve so I can go awhile before I need to set up another section. Maybe I won't get pricked by pins as much? (I probably shouldn't get my hopes up about that.)
My uncle gave me these posters from Simplicity. The posters were released as part of Simplicity's 90th anniversary memorabilia.. Someday I can decorate that sewing room!
Okay, this isn't really a sewing tool or vintage item, but now I can crank my tunes while sewing with this bluetooth speaker! Sometimes it's things like these that can help make life more enjoyable, :-)
Modern reprint with the vintage illustration. I love it. I've seen the 1950's movie version with Myrna Loy, and I've heard about the sequel, Belles on their Toes. Unfortunately, the movie sequel is hard to find, so I thought I would revert to the original books, and to do that I should start with the first one! First published in 1948, this book covers the Gilbreth family through 1924. I love reading old books like this from a period. You get a bit of the period through their own eyes, the way they saw it and thought about it.
My sister bought me this book, and I am looking forward to reading it, and learning more about the evolution of fashion in Britain during the Second World War. If you haven't noticed, the subject fascinates me! ;D
This book give some history of the major pattern companies and how they grew and developed up through the 1940's and how the sewing industry was affected by WWII. Plenty of illustrations and pattern covers to browse through, some with dates!
One thing I learned was about the history of Hollywood Patterns. Hollywood patterns was born during the depression. Conde Nash, the publisher of Vogue patterns, wanted to compete in the lower price market without lowering the price of Vogue and thus changing the image of Vogue as an exclusive line. Thus, a separate pattern line was created to take advantage of a lower price market where most pattern sales were to be found during the economic crisis. And boy am I glad that we got Hollywood patterns out of it! Hollywood patterns were in production from 1932-1947.
So there we have most of my Christmas presents, and I am looking forward to using and reading them!
What were you most excited about at Christmas?
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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