THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! THANKS TO ALL THE ENTRANTS!
Oh hai! Didn’t I say I’d put this post up yesterday? Well yesterday sort of got away from me there! Sorry!
So, in honor of my one hundredth post I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway. I’ve got some great treats for you all. First up for grabs is The Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.
This book is the same layout as the classic red and white checkered cookbook, only for sewing. It is spiral bound and tabbed for ease of use. It’s a charming sewing book that offers some of the best tips I’ve come across. Here are some scanned pages (I apologize for the wonkiness but the scanner is upstairs and I can’t be bothered to redo them!)
For many of us vintage sewists, cutting stripes just so is very important. This book offers some of the best visuals I’ve yet seen on how to do this properly to get the effect that you want. In this same section is also found great tips on working with plaids.
The book also features a great section on accessorizing various standard costumes in both “country” and “town” variations. It provides the vintage dresser with a great view into how an outfit would be accessorized for the time period.
And that’s not all. I thought I’d include this very basic pattern that would lend itself well to all manner of embellishment with the aid of this book.
I find that lately I’m drawn more and more to basic patterns as they really play up all the fun prints that I tend to buy. This one is especially cute with its fitted bodice and gathered skirt. Even a beginning sewer could sew this up without much of a problem.
And because I like you all so much, I decided that it would be fun to have not one, but two giveaways! This one is a great sewing book from the Forties called The Complete Book of Sewing by Constance Talbot, and let me tell you, she ain’t kidding!
Now, I must warn you, this book does have a bit of mildew damage to the front pages. However, this isn’t something that detracts in any way from the book and it’s nothing that a nice airing in the sun won’t cure. If the sun would just cooperate here, I could do this before I send it out.
Like the Better Homes Sewing Book, this book is a neat snapshot in time for the vintage sewer.
There are a few great sections that are just FULL of projects that one could very easily make without using a pattern; for example the two hats you see above. Don’t you just love the turban?! This has been on my “to make” list for WAY too long!
The first few chapters of this book focus solely on choosing clothes that will work for you; for your height, weight, body shape and clothing preference. The scan above is examples of some of the “types” be it sophisticated or feminine.
Like the other giveaway, I thought it would be fun to include a pattern from the era of this sewing book so up for grabs is this pretty little thing.
Again, this is s simple pattern that even a novice sewer could easily make up and would look great in anything from solids to prints. The scooped neckline is flattering to most folks and just look- it has pockets! What could be better?
So, how do you win one of these prizes? Simply comment below and let me know if you’d like the first giveaway or the second. You have until Sunday, 13 May to enter. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced on Monday the 14th of May. Please be sure to leave me your email so that I may contact you if you win! ETA: You can enter for both, but can only win one and, I will ship anywhere in the world! Good luck to you all and thanks for reading!