This week we’ve gotten in a plethora of new-old sewing patterns. Most of these are from the 1950s through the 1970s. A lot of them are larger sizes–40 to 43 bust. The majority are dresses, but there are some 1940s blouse patterns and 1970s pant suits too.
We also got a few new sewing books and guides in, including two 1975 issues of “Basic Fashion: THE Magazine for Women Who Sew.” The illustrations alone are worth the $4 price tag. “The Complete Book of Sewing (Over 750 Explanatory Pictures!) was printed in 1943. It has everything from homemade slippers to slipcovers. The illustrations feature a good many of the fantastic hairstyles of the WWII era.
The 1949 copy of Singer Sewing has color photographs (fancy!) and bears a sweet dedication: This book is dedicated to women and girls– and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere–who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose.”