I should note right now that the 1930's and 1940's are my favorite eras of vintage clothing. (Sorry, the '50's just haven't caught my fancy.....at least yet.) So, it shouldn't be too surprising that these books of mine come out of the 1930's and '40's.
Two of these are vintage sewing guides from the 1940's. The other two books are reprints of 1930's pattern drafting books.
The first two books are reprints of 1930's pattern drafting books. I believe both of them are British in origin. They aren't very thick books, but include mathematical principles for making flat patterns. The two books do go about bodice drafting in different ways. I haven't had the chance yet to try drafting anything. The ideas in the books are enticing though.
This picture is an excerpt from Pattern Making for Dressmaking and Needlework.
I think I prefer the method of drafting in this book, (I can't exactly say, having not used either method) but reading through I think I would try this one first. If for nothing else, these book are interesting to look through for garment design and historical understanding of home pattern drafting.
I would like to make this skirt sometime. I like the A-line silhouette with the added flair at the bottom from the godets. I must add that for both of these books the figures are generally very clear on how to adapt a basic pattern to get a more advance silhouette.
These next two pictures are excerpts from sewing booklets printed by the McCalls pattern company during World War II. These include general sewing techniques for the home sewer needing information in fitting, stitching, pattern placement on fabric, and about anything else you might need to complete a garment.
One of these days I will have time to completely read through them. I am sure there are plenty of things I will learn since I am mostly a self-taught seamstress. : )
I hope you enjoyed this look into my sewing bookshelf. I have some other books that once I have finished reading them I hope to be able to share my thoughts with you.
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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