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These are so much FUN! My bookshelf had a void, now glowing with these:

  • The Edwardian Modiste, Frances Grimble. 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques.
  • 1920′s Fashions from B. Altman & Company. Dover Publications.
  • Everyday Fashions 1909-1920, As Pictured in Sears Catalogs, Edited by JoAnne Olian. Dover Publications.
  • Everyday Fashions of the Twenties, As Pictured in Sears and Other Catalogs, Edited by Stella Blum.

I LOVE the “house dresses” and have all my fingers crossed that I get some patterns for these! They have really clever cutting lines, are practical and even flattering! The size proportions from the Modiste are a Stitch! Bust 32″, waist 22″, hip 39 1/2″. The idealized 40″ bust figure would fill out with a 30″ waist AND 57″ hip. Okay, I know they wore corsets, but what a change from today!

Those fitting rulers in the Modiste are a mystery! It’ll take some brain-bending (or at least reading the book) to figure those out…

Still waiting to receive my first patterns from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library 1912 Titanic Sewing Project…;-)

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