I’ve been meaning to post about this, but was consumed by SWAP through Friday. Behold my new book: The Singer Sewing Book, c. 1949, by Mary Brooks Picken, the queen of mid-century sewing books. The dust jacket is a bit torn but the inside is perfect. I’m looking forward to reading how to make “gay curtains” (an exact quote) for the home among other things.
I particularly like the back cover, which is an advertisement for Singer Sewing Centers. “Style-wise home, fashion-wise family! This household has discovered that one can look smart and live in smart surroundings at penny-wise prices.” I wish my Jo-Ann’s looked this nice, or provided all these services.
The lovely dedication, which still seems perfectly relevant today (except perhaps the gender-exclusivity):
“This book is dedicated to women and girls –
and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere –
who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures,
the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams,
and who delight always in appropriate fabrics
carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose.”