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better homes & garden sewing book

Monday, October 24, 2011

better homes & garden sewing book
better homes & garden sewing book
better homes & garden sewing book
better homes & garden sewing book

I've been looking through my 1961 Better Homes & Garden Sewing Book a lot lately and finding some really fun illustrations throughout the book. Not to mention a lot of great sewing tips! I was lucky to find a copy at a thrift store for almost nothing. I like these old sewing manuals so much better than the modern ones. I find they have a lot more helpful, not to mention fun, descriptions in them. What are some of your favorite sewing manuals?

10 comments :

  1. Like you, I also enjoy the old manuals more than the newer ones.

    In fact, I own this one :-)

    Maria

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  2. I just got the little book called Dress Cutting...it's all 30's fashions and I'm totally excited to try some of them out!

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  3. We think alike! I just posted on my blog about this same book and Helen Tanous' great book on pattern making.

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  4. eva girl, thanks for the recommendation! i think i saw it on amazon once and now it is in my wish list! :)

    isaspacey, that is great! love your post on sewing books! looks like you talk about another one i need to check out. betting jed's university library has it.

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  5. i love this book too-- and the nose-less renderings! how about the coordinated wardrobe ideas? i've often thought that someone could create an entire blog project on that section. if i didn't have two little boys i would totally give it a whirl, but alas, cocktail suits are just not a part of the young mother's wardrobe essentials these days...

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  6. SO vintage and cool! Just wanted to mention how much I like your blog, Anna - it is awesome! Aloha from sunny Hawai'i ;)

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  7. I have a really nifty home economics textbook called "Guide to Modern Clothing". It was published in 1961 and in addition to patterns and instructions, it covers the gamut from grooming to design theory to raw materials. The pictures and styles are so dated but the information is pretty timeless. I really like all of the end-of-chapter homework activities, too.

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  8. That is so cute!!! Great find. I would definitely try to sew something out of it! Unfortunately I don't know any vintage sewing manuals, I will start my researches though! :)

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  9. I am now adding a plethora of vintage sewing books to my christmas & thrifting list!
    thanks for the recommendations :)

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  10. these vintage illustrations are so chic and sweet!

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