Sewing Made Easy
This as a fascinating read for any sewing enthusiast or historian, but also contains much information that is still useful and practical today. It will prove of much interest to both the amateur and professional dressmaker. Its 398 pages contain extensive explanatory diagrams on a variety of themes, forming a complete how-to guide. Twenty-four chapters deal with a diverse range of topics, including, amongst others, Basting, Simple Stitches, and Seam Finishes, Tailoring Tricks, Taking Care of your Clothes and Clothes for the Expectant Mother. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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I grew up with this book in our family library; I believe it was a text my mother had for school in the 1950's, or a book my grandmother purchased (she was a smocker for Polly Flinders). While it does cover sewing basics for anyone who has never seen a pattern or sewed in their life, it has detailed tailoring instructions, including altering a pattern, sewing for fit, instructions for three kinds of hand-sewn button holes, altering a basted dress for fit, embellishing simple patterns to design a variety of looks, and more.
It has simple instructions for stain removal (way back in the day), making your own shoulder pads, remaking your clothes to bring them back into current style
The last part of the book covers making curtains (in several different styles), upholstering and making slip covers. Even though this book was published in the 40's-50's, I still use it as a reference. I love it!