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Vintage 1930s 1940s Sewing Needlework Book 30s 40s - Bestway Pictorial Dressmaking

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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 thoughout 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 indispenable 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 reasonably good condition for its age. The cover is heavily age discoloured/tanned. Front and back hinges are starting to crack a little but the binding is sound. Heavy age discolouration throughout. Internal pages are very good with no major flaws. No stains (except age discolouration around edges), tears or annotations

I have omitted a photo of the cover in favour of showing more content. However, should you wish to see a photo of the cover before purchasing, I would be happy to oblige

Please note that you are purchasing the book only. Scissors and cotton reels 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. I do offer a discount for combined shipping, though this is difficult to estimate precisely at time of listing

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Vintage 1930s 1940s Sewing Needlework Book 30s 40s - Bestway Pictorial Dressmaking


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: paper
  • Ships worldwide from Harlech, United Kingdom
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