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Vintage Sewing Book 1930s 1940s Needlework - The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Dressmaking Catherine Franks 30s 40s

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Vintage 1930s 1940s dressmaking / sewing book

The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Dressmaking
by Catherine Franks
Published by Odhams Press Ltd, London, UK
Undated but appears to date from the late 1930s or early 1940s
Hardback with cream cloth covers - 320 pages (including index)

Chapter headings are as follows: Equipment and First Principles / Fitting / The Sewing Machine / Pattern Drafting and Pattern Making / Finishing Processes / Renovations / Dress Decoration and Millinery / Tailoring / Lingerie Processes / Utility and Sports Clothing / A Glossary of Dressmaking Processes
This is a stunning book! It includes everything you could possibly want to know about 1930s/40s dressmaking techniques. A valuable resource. Fully illustrated throughout
In addition to the usual dressmaking techniques, there are sections on millinery and ladies' lingerie embroidery. Also 'renovations' (or upcycling' as we would call it today!). This was, after all, the era of 'make do and mend' and wartime rationing
** It includes numerous scaled-down patterns that can be used for dressmaking purposes - dresses, coats, nightwear, lingerie, blouses, skirts etc **

A good solid reference work to have on your shelves - as well as a fascinating piece of women's social history. A relatively scarce and much sought after volume
I have omitted a photo of the cover in favour of showing more content but if you would like to see a photo of the cover prior to purchase I would be happy to send you one

In good condition. The cover is age discoloured around the edges and down the spine. The top outer corner of several pages is slightly creased/bumped. A couple of small marks here and there. General age discolouration. But otherwise very good. The binding is tight. The internal pages are clean and little handled with no major flaws - no major stains. No annotations

Apologies for the high shipping costs - this is a very heavy book
Due to its weight, this item will be posted via Second Class post within the UK. If you require it more urgently please contact me to discuss
Shipping costs are usually estimated at time of listing (particularly for combined shipping). If I find that I have grossly overestimated the shipping costs (after allowing a small amount for packaging) I will, of course, refund the difference

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Vintage Sewing Book 1930s 1940s Needlework - The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Dressmaking Catherine Franks 30s 40s


  • Vintage Supply from the 1930s
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