A while back, my mother (antiquer and thriftarian par excellence) presented me with several vintage-to-antique sewing related books. I thought I’d try to feature a few things from (at least one of) them while I’m In Transition from one city (and province) to another.
Meet The New Dressmaker—Copyright 1921, but with illustrations that hint at their earlier origin.
I like several things about the New Dressmaker—for one thing, it’s very well-illustrated. I’ve read (or tried to read) several early-20th-century sewing books and between the terminology differences (“plait”=pleat, “waist”=bodice) and the lack of illustrations it can be fairly flummoxing. And while it doesn’t have much in the way of pattern-drafting information (it is, after all, produced by a pattern company), it has lots on sewing techniques, and everyone’s favourite—fitting. So I figured I’d share the various fitting chapters over the next few posts.
This first fitting chapter discusses making basic length adjustments to the pattern itself.
See what you think