This was my grandma’s book. It’s seen better days.
In her defense, she had seven children and a husband with near legendary book destroying super powers.
It’s possible she absconded with it from NYPL….
Perhaps she got it at library book sale. (#HopefulLibrarian)
Grandma left this super cute sketch between its pages.
I think….we have very similar handwriting (so close that I actually signed a couple of her credit cards).
I’m still not entirely sure I didn’t draw this.
It’s an acceptable mystery.
Onto book show-and-tell with:
This first edition of The Vogue Sewing Book was published in 1970.
At the Butterick Plant.
If I ever have a my own business, my ultimate goal is to take it all the way to plant level.
It tells you right here in the preface…
that it was made for you, the woman who sews.
The book considers you a creative rock star.
Clocking in at over 400 pages, you’d be hard pressed to identify one thing missing from this tome.
Imagine how indispensable it was to the YouTube-less sewers of the past??
Broken down into books within the book, we have
There’s coverage on that pressing pattern matching issue.
Lopsided figure fitting.
There’s even a fashion vocabulary.
It is indeed your complete sewing handbook.
I love looking at the silhouettes and smiling about how many of them are back in vogue.
And taking comfort in the fact that the quest for the perfect sewing room is not a new fad.
The revised and updated edition of this book has it’s own brand of charm.
Elegant illustrations, detailed instruction and information, all in a more convenient size and paperback format.
But nothing can top this old beat up beauty.
This bit of my gran. In book form.
Right on the SHELF.
13 thoughts on “on the SHELF: The Vogue Sewing Book”
Oh that old book makes me so happy! How special…
Neat! I have my grandma’s copy of their fitting book with the same cover and style.
Lovely! The sewing room picture makes me smile – in a good way 🙂
What a lovely memory of your Grandma.
LOVE those illustrations. So charming.
What a great book! I love the illustrations in this book. I think it’s so cool that you share the same interest as your grandma.
This is so cool! Thanks for sharing it, I never knew Vogue even produced a book like this.
Oh how I would love to get my hands on an original copy!! The fact that it’s been worn with love by your family makes it even more precious!
My great grandmother and I have nearly identical handwriting. We are also two of the three people in our whole family to write with our left hands (Although, that was trained out of her when she was a girl). It’s funny how things get passed down.
Thank you for sharing that bit of family and sewing history with us. I want to build a time machine to see (and sew in) that sewing room. And whether or not you figure out if you or your grandmother sketched those culottes/slacks, you must sew a pair.
looovely. I love language they used back then, it’s so pleasant to read, isn’t it? and so much information!
Oh lucky you to have inherited such a beaut and with grandma’s illustration!… this is one book I’d love to own.
This post made my mind up to buy the book.
It really is a beautiful book to own