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.