After having acquired an old Singer sewing machine (see previous post) I decided to continue in this historical vein and tell you about a book I acquired from my bookseller friend (Garrison House Books or her blog).
The cover is a bit bland but it has real charm inside.
The book was published in 1913 by the Butterick Publishing Co. which was housed in the Butterick Building in New York. Wonder if the building still exists.
In the supplies for your sewing outfit it suggests an aluminum thimble because they are light and inexpensive. "Colored thimbles are pretty, and children like them. Silver thimbles are nice, of course, but children outgrow them, so that there is very little point in getting them." So these little ladies were expected to start quite early.
Click HERE if you missed out on my earlier post about my first thimble.
She's not in the book but isn't this ad image from THE GRAPHICS FAIRY sweet? I don't think they started THIS young!
Methods (for the teacher)
"Always remember the never-ending patience which it is necessary to use with the dull-witted, awkward child. Some time this patience may be rewarded with a result showing some degree of success." Is this PC?
"These small garments are an excellent preparation for the making of full size clothes in the upper grades. "
There are instuction for making a baby cap from paper and then using the folded paper as a pattern for a one made of "fine lawn". Great for the unwed mother! We go right from dolls to real babies.
The book continues with gussets, bias edges, tucks and mending.
The best feature of this book are the beautiful line drawings of the sweetest young ladies of the early 20th century. I used one of them to create THIS.
I shared these with Karen at THE GRAPHICS FAIRY and she has posted two of them for you to use. Click HERE and HERE.
The book ends with the middy blouse that you see when you click on the first HERE in the previous sentence.
Helpfully the text suggests:
"For the Summer for play dresses or for gymnasium suits the middy blouse is frequently made with a short sleeve. For colder weather and for school, the long sleeve blouse is more practical and comfortable than the one with the short sleeve.”
So who has ever sewn any more than a hem by hand? Could you complete a whole garment that wouldn't fall apart the first time it was washed?