Look what I got via air-mail! I was lucky enough to win a give-away over at cargo cult craft, and the prize was a vintage sewing book called “Complete Dressmaking in Pictures”. I was beyond excited to win this one!
In the give-away post I was really drooling over how detailed and solid the sewing instructions looked, and also the pattern (or instructions) for this afternoon dress. Isn’t it sweet? I can’t wait to make one!
The book has instructions on making blocks from measurements, which I am really excited about. I’m very interested in patternmaking, and specifically in the different approaches to making personally fitted blocks. I am so looking forward to trying this method, alongside other ones. (Oh, and a tiny little flying bug was also curious about the blocks – click to see the larger image)
There is a wealth of techniques in this book, and not only are they illustrated, but they also have catchy titles! “Pick your pocket” or “Take a tuck” anyone?
And of course… lots of things I haven’t even heard of before – such as “mantua-makers seam”. This is perhaps what I’m most excited about; learning new techniques! On my road towards becoming a seamstress extraordinaire, this will be a good tool I think! So, thank you Susannah, for making my week, and for providing my summer reading!