I bought the Singer book, copyright 1972, for the cover art alone, but there's a lot of good stuff inside as well.
And even though I've sewn for awhile, finding a proper fit is still my number one obstacle. I'm sure to gain some insight on the subject from these, especially Nancy Zieman's book (1989) and the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction (1966).
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing, 1949 edition, is a treasure trove of information written in a friendly, instructive way.
Click to enlarge the photos and read a little of the text to get an idea. Love the pictures and graphics!
The Complete Book of Sewing has been in my family since the year it was published in 1972. I was just starting to sew when my mother bought this book.
Although it has a wealth of information on the subject of sewing, I used to just love poring over its glossy pages of photos. So many great examples of '70s style, including fashions for the home. How about this mod sewing room?
It even covered a bit of quilting.
And then there's the fabric of the era. What goes around comes around, huh?
It's fun to look at the clothing styles some 38 years later.
The caption on the page below cracks me up:
Here are two delightful suggestions for choose-it-yourself sewing projects for beginners. A very young lady, left, might like to learn to sew a bibbed skirt like the ones worn by Scandinavian milkmaids. Young teens have a strong fashion sense, and the kicky shorts, below, might well lure them into learning to sew for themselves.
Well, those shorts are sure to lure something!
And apparently the milkmaid look was popular in adult fashion as well. Or you could call it the storybook look.
Little Red -- whoa! I think we've entered a different kind of fantasy land with Greta Von Riding Crop here! Check out those over-the-knee red pleather boots! Ms. Von Riding Crop demands to know if you've been very, very bad...
But back in '72, I wanted to grow up to be one of these girls:
So, did I? *Snort* Hardly! But I have made quite a few friends laugh!
Hope you enjoyed a peek inside these retro sewing books today. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to read the other great Vintage Thingie Thursday tales linked at Colorado Lady!