Retro Sewing Sunday – 1947 Sewing Book

This weeks Retro Sewing Sunday is about the..

Simplicity Sewing Book
Helpful Hints for Beginners and Experts

Published in 1947

Simplicity Sewing Book
Simplicity Sewing Book – Cover

The front cover is in technicolour, I am rather envious of the serene feel the domestic scene depicts.  Perfect make up, nails and well behaved daughter – and that’s without mentioning the neat sewing table.  I bow down to the ideal of what a woman should be..!

It is an A4 size booklet of 90 pages crammed full of sewing tips, mainly for dressmaking, but many of the skills are transferrable for quilt making.  I love the styling of the pages, simple but with thought given to layout and font.

Hand Sewing Tips
Hand Sewing Tips

As well as dressmaking, there are embroidery tips, and advice on dressing to suit your shape and look…

Vintage Sewing Book

The foreword in particular shows how some things in dressmaking never change…

“Making your own clothes can be as exciting and as much fun as painting a picture.  For using fabrics instead of paints, the clever dressmaker really creates a picture – a portrait of her own personality – and her own most charming self.”  No author is noted, so this quote can’t be credited to a person.

I can’t remember where i bought this – I think it was a charity shop.  It is crammed full of good information, and shows how little has changed in how we sew, stitches are stitches.  I would really love to see Simplicity reprint this, if only so I could buy a new one and not worry about damaging this one if I want to flick through.


4 thoughts on “Retro Sewing Sunday – 1947 Sewing Book

  1. Annie's Place April 7, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    I love these old books. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Gill April 7, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    What a lovely book to have in your collection 🙂

  3. Flying Blind April 7, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    Oh superb, I will be checking ‘my colours’ and dressing accordingly from now on!

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