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Vintage 1930s 1940s sewing / needlecraft / dressmaking book

Bestway Pictorial Dressmaking
Published by The Amalgamated Press Ltd, London
Undated but believed to date from the late 1930s or early 1940s

Hardback with beige cloth (buckram?) covers - 192 pages (including index)
Fully illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and drawings

This is such a fascinating and informative book!
There are chapters relating to all manner of dressmaking techniques: for instance, tools and equipment, choice of styles and materials, home tailoring and renovations.
There is a section on ladies' lingerie - 23 pages in total - with ideas for decorative embroidery, lace edgings etc. Also sections on dress trimmings and on babies'/children's clothing
In keeping with the 'make do and mend' ethos of the time, the section on children's clothing suggests ways of making clothing from discarded adult garments.

This really is an indispensable reference guide for anyone who not only wishes to improve their dressmaking skills but also replicate the garments and techniques which were popular during this period

This book is in FAIR condition. Cover is a bit grubby and age discoloured. HEAVY foxing and tanning to cover linings and endpapers, also the last few pages (i.e. the index). Heavy tanning to page edges throughout. A bit of movement to front hinge. A couple of corner creases. But otherwise good. Binding is tight. Internal pages are free from major stains (apart from afore-mentioned tanning/foxing), with no tears or annotations
If you would like to see further photos (e.g. of the pages with heavy foxing) please feel free to ask

Please note that you are purchasing the book only. Scissors and cotton reel NOT included in sale

Any questions, please feel free to ask

Apologies for the high shipping costs - this is a heavy book
I have estimated the shipping charges. If I find that I have grossly over-estimated the shipping charges (after allowing a small amount for packaging) I will, of course, refund the difference

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: paper, vintage book
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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