My mom is an eBay-er extraordinaire. Packages mysteriously appear on my doorstep with the most awesome goodies inside. This week I received Lippincott's Clothing for Women. This edition was published in 1929 and is part of a whole series of Lippincott's Home Manuals. Other volumes include Housewifery, Successful Canning and Preserving, Social Problems of the Family, and Household Arithmetic, among others. I am so excited about this book. It has instructions for drafting and altering patterns, construction techniques, basics of seam finishes, and decorative stitches. The details about hand sewing techniques are great (obviously, having been published in 1929, I would not recommend this as a beginning sewing primer. Unless you happen to have a treadle machine). My favorite part of the book is the "Suggested Detailed Clothing Spending Plan." In 1929, if your income was $1500/year, they suggest spending $270/year on grooming and clothing. And you should buy your winter coat during the January sales, spending $60 every third year.
Chemise and drawers combined. A couple more pictures on flickr if you want to see more. I'm dying to do some hand smocking. Sounds like just my cup of tea.
A couple other resources I'm loving:
1. Mom's Patterns. Vintage patterns. She also has an eBay store. Really great inventory of patterns and you can search by size or pattern brand. The owner is also really nice and is very meticulous about her goods. I've been really happy with the patterns I've gotten from her. Also check out her great page of links.
2. Google Notebook. Do you have a Google Notebook? It's like a digital notepad. Right-click an image or block of text that you find on the internet and save it to your notebook. The items you clip are saved along with the URL where you found them, so you can go back to the item's original location on the web. You can also set up multiple notebooks--I have a "clothes sewing inspiration," a "cards/patterns inspiration," and of course a "gimme gimme wishlist" notebook. It's great, I love it, you should get one.
And after a week of bitterly cold weather, there is a hint of spring in the air here. h o o r a y.
wishing you mild skies and a happy saturday!