Friday, October 22, 2010

A Favorite Find

"Round Apron and Drawers"

"Baby Jacket"

"Mitered Corners and Sewing on Lace"

 I thought it would be fun to share one of my all time favorite finds with you. These pages are part of a school sewing project from 1924, possibly made by a teacher or advanced student. . This wonderful sewing "sampler", which is all contained in a Scholastic binder, begins with a detailed instruction of articles needed for sewing, including the preparation for sewing, the thread, cloth, etc. The rest of the binder in filled with 26 Models, all with miniature samples and detailed instructions on how to make the article. Every aspect of sewing  is covered; including common stitches, patchwork, matching stripes on the bias, darning, French seams, smocking, fancy stitches, ruffles, how to make such items as: nightgowns, undershirts, drawers, aprons, and more.
What I really love about this book is that you can really feel how much the creator really loved sewing and how much time, and devotion she put into this project; all the details and knowledge are amazing. I am so glad that this book found it's way to me, to be enjoyed for many years to come. It is definitely a keeper.


  1. yes...if I owned that it would be amongst on of my favorite finds as well. Have you tried scanning those pages? I think that would be fun and then you could do some great things with it.

  2. That is a great idea. I would love to frame them and cover one wall of a sewing/craft room with them. Will have to wait until I have the room though! I'm sure I can think of some other fun things to do with them in the meantime.
    Hope your retreat went well, and you all had tons of fun. Looking forward to seeing you at Country Christmas in Dec.


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